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.
Some companies falsely believe that being ethical is an expensive practice that causes an organization to forego profits. In fact, ethics is about following what is right for society, customers and stakeholders while keeping the organization’s long-term vision in mind.