Ethics in Project Management

Decisions and Dilemmas

Project management is driven by decisions, often dozens or more per day. Some decisions are small and barely noticed while others are prominent. Some require deep thought because they involve people, resources and the environment. And sometimes these factors are in conflict, creating a dilemma and perhaps significant risks. While project managers normally know what to do, how to do it can become a puzzle — especially when stakeholder interests conflict. Like all leaders, project managers build trust by the way they make decisions. Here again, the “how to do it” can be puzzling yet is instrumentally important.

Ethics is the discipline of “how to do it best”. To guide behavior and help with tough decisions, we've crafted a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and an Ethical Decision-Making Framework. To deepen your knowledge and perspective, we provide numerous articles, papers and webinars.

When unethical behaviors arise, take action. Use our ethics complaint and review process and see the specialized resources available.

Impact of Ethical Decisions


In a complex world of global transformation, navigating challenging ethical situations and effective decision-making is facilitated by a compass of ethical guardrails and values. Engaging in an ethical manner ensures that there is an equal balance between profit, the planet, and our people, creating a sustainable future.

PMI Ethics Insight Team

United Kingdom


Being ethical may not increase the net worth of a project practitioner, yet acting unethically will tarnish the core value of one. Acting in an ethical way in everything one does is neither refutable nor negotiable.

PMI Ethics Insight Team


Public Announcement

The ERC recently found two people in violation of the Code and ordered a public reprimand.

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Have an ethics question?

Contact the Ethics Insight Team with questions, concerns or ideas. Email to [email protected].