Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

Ethics is about making the best possible decisions concerning people, resources and the environment. Ethical choices diminish risk, advance positive results, increase trust, determine long term success and build reputations. Leadership is absolutely dependent on ethical choices.

PMI members have determined that honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness are the values that drive ethical conduct for the project management profession. PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies those values to the real-life practice of project management, where the best outcome is the most ethical one.

All PMI members, volunteers, certification holders and certification applicants must comply with the Code.

Why Ethics Matter

Ethical conduct is especially important for project managers. Find out why.

Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

  • As practitioners of project management, we are committed to doing what is right and honorable.


Ethical Decision-Making Framework

  • The framework is a practical resource to guide you toward ethical choices and accountability. It will be helpful if you are faced with an ethical dilemma. Use it to stimulate critical thinking…


Have an ethics question?

Contact the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group with questions, concerns or ideas. Email to


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