Project Management Institute

Ethics Review Committee (ERC)

Effective Date and Duration: 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Committee Purpose:

(Overall charge, purpose, or focus of this committee in helping the PMI Board to do its job.)

Investigate and resolve ethics complaints in accordance with the PMI Ethics Case Procedures related to violations of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct CoEPC that have been filed against:

  1. PMI members
  2. Individuals who are not members of PMI but meet one or more of the following criteria:
    1. Non-members who hold a PMI certification
    2. Non-members who apply to commence a PMI certification process
    3. Non-members who serve PMI in a volunteer capacity


(Products the committee is tasked to produce.)

  • Investigation and resolution of filed ethics complaints.
  • Timely communication of final disposition of ethics complaints.
  • Maintain statistics regarding the types of complaints, resolution and timeliness resolving each complaint. 
  • Review committee Charter, including the roles and responsibilities section, at first committee meeting of 2021.
  • Review Ethics Case Procedures and recommend changes as needed.
  • Provide periodical recommendations for improvements or changes to the ERC processes.
  • Provide reports showing the implementation of solutions, as requested by the Board.
  • Provide consolidated input/feedback to other teams when requested to do so.

Administrative and Reporting Requirements:

(Reports to PMI Board through whom, when, and how?)

  1. Uses standard agenda, note-taking and reporting templates
  2. Written reports submitted to Executive Committee for review at their July and December meetings. Subsequently, Executive Committee will distribute reports to the Board.

Resources and Budget:

(In terms of budget, staff, etc.)

  • As identified in the budget approved annually by the PMI Board
  • Executive Liaison and other staff resources as assigned by the PMI President & CEO
  • The Board Point of Contact will be designated by the Board of Directors, and will make initial contact with the Ethics Review Committee Chair in January
  • Uses, as and when needed, external translation and interpreter services engaged through PMI Staff.

Committee Composition and Terms:

  • A minimum of 6 committee members, serving staggered 3 year terms. Each member may be reappointed for no more than one additional term via the formal Board Support Committee recruitment process, as approved by the PMI Board.
  • PMI leadership and the Board value and strive for inclusive representation of volunteer leaders on our Board Support Committees that reflects our organization, membership, and profession. Our success today and into the future relies on our ability to capitalize on diverse perspectives and points of view resulting from a balance of gender, age, experience, industry, skill set, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other factors deemed relevant. The evaluation and recommendation process fully appreciates, considers, and is informed by the value derived from diverse representation.

Requirements, Experience, and Skills:


  • At least one year of service on at least one of the following:
    • PMI Board of Directors
    • Prior Board Support Committee or Task Team service
    • Member Advisory Group or Insight Team
    • Regional Mentor
    • Chapter Board
    • Through other applicable leadership experiences, that demonstrates an ability to serve
  • Willingness to embrace change and work in an agile and evolving business environment.
  • Ability to learn and use information technology tools (adaptability)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills (in English)
  • Knowledge of the PMI Ethics Case Procedures. Chair should have at least one year prior active service with the Ethics Review Committee.
  • Chair should have served on multiple review teams, served as chair for a review team and participated in a hearing for at least one case.
  • Committed to arrange schedule, (on a fair and reasonable shared time zone basis), to actively participate in monthly conference calls and other periodic calls to accommodate a globally diverse committee in different time zones, (failure to participate in calls may result in removal from the committee).
  • Ability to understand and synthesize information from a variety of sources simultaneously, potentially from geographically and culturally diverse sources.
  • Critical, objective thinking coupled with the ability to listen for understanding rather than immediately judge or apply bias or prejudicial thinking.
  • Prior experience with compliance, due diligence, performance management, and enforcement issues within an academic, professional or business environment.
  • Management level experience in dealing with difficult issues or other experience that would demonstrate an ability to deal with difficult situations.
  • Prior experience in the subject of ethics and professional conduct – from university to practical business application and experience, either teaching or taking course work.
  • Teaching or other public speaking experience that would demonstrate the ability to organize materials, as well as, the possession of good written and verbal communication skills.

Committee Chair and Contact Information:

Name: Dana Murphy
E-mail Address: [email protected]

Committee Chair Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Connects with the PMI Board Point of Contact, on an as needed basis, with questions or concerns.
  2. Guides the committee in accomplishing the mission and objectives detailed in the charter and in accordance with the established policies of the Institute. Keeps the committee focused.
  3. Ensures all committee members are fully oriented on the committee objectives, deliverables and roles/ responsibilities at the committee's first meeting.
  4. Ensures all committee members are aware of and adhere to the processes and timing established by the PMI Board for placing items on the PMI Board agenda for discussion and deliberation, i.e., follow the PMI Board calendar; submit completed Board agenda form; ensure that committees have consensus approval of items before presentation to the PMI Board.
  5. Works toward building a sense of trust, productivity, and camaraderie within the committee.
  6. As outlined in the committee charter, develops a work plan in coordination with the Executive Liaison that will allow the committee to effectively and efficiently discharge responsibilities.
  7. Develops meeting agendas, in coordination with the Executive Liaison, using the standard agenda template.
  8. Conducts meetings of the committee and directs the communication for committee matters.
  9. Works to ensure that meeting notes capture consensus agreement items and follow-up actions of the committee using the standard meeting notes template.
  10. Facilitates and arranges onboarding of new team members, in a systemic manner and arranges training on the unique operating environment and online tools used by the ERC members.
  11. Assigns tasks among the committee members, as necessary.
  12. Promotes consistent participation and timely connection to all teleconference meetings and addresses non- productivity within the committee.
  13. Coordinates with EIT Chair, on a periodic basis to discuss and negotiate alignment of objectives and planned actions.
  14. Works with Executive Liaison to ensure committee work is carried out between meetings.
  15. Works with Executive Liaison to develop final reports, proposals and supporting documentation for the PMI Board and ensures the material presented to the PMI Board accurately reflects the work of the committee and is submitted in a timely fashion.
  16. Provides updates on ERC committee's deliverables at Executive Committee meetings as requested by the PMI Board Liaison.
  17. Provides updates to respective ERC committees after Executive Committee meetings.
  18. Represents the ERC committee at PMI Board meetings.
  19. Works toward building a sense of trust and productivity among ERC committee members and other PMI Board Standing Committees.
  20. Works with the Executive Liaison to review the charter mid-year and offer recommendations to Executive Committee for updates to the following year's charter.
  21. Maintains Vice Chair succession planning and transitions the incoming ERC Committee Chair into the role.

Communication Point of Contact Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. The PMI Board Communication Point of Contact (Board CPC) shall connect with the Board Support Committee Chair prior to the first team meeting to introduce him/herself and ensure:
    1. Board Support Committee Chair understand the Board Support Committees exist to support the work of the Board and are accountable as defined in individual charters, which must be approved by the Board
    2. Understanding of charter, especially purpose, deliverables and reporting process to avoid risk of misinterpretation
    3. Clarify Board CPC Role and how the Board CPC can support the Board Support Committee Chair
  2. Stress that open communications between the ERC Chair and PMI Board CPC, President and CEO or other Content experts that may be made available to the committee to answer questions, provide guidance and assist in any way to ensure successful execution of deliverables.
  3. Review PMI Board Meeting Calendar to communicate relevant dates for submitting deliverables, reports, and agenda templates to Executive Committee and final deliverables to full PMI Board. The Board CPC is encouraged to review the submittals with the Board Support Committee Chair prior to submission.
  4. Affirm staff liaison roles and their ability to provide access to necessary governing documents, agenda, reporting templates or any other document considered relevant for the execution of the committee work plan.
  5. Connect with the Board Support Committee Chair to advise the Board's official position about certain issues or risks that may impact the committee's work plan or deliverables.
  6. If there are issues that cannot be resolved, the Board CPC should discuss the matter with the PMI Board Chair.
  7. Affirm Board Support Committee Chair will communicate the Board CPC role and other Charter items with the team members.

Out of Scope

  1. Board CPC should not regularly participate in teleconference and in-person meetings.
  2. Board CPC cannot change or revise the purpose or deliverables of the Board Support Committee, Task Team, Council, etc. If the Board CPC has a concern about a deliverable, they should discuss it with the PMI Board Chair.

Executive Liaison Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Empowered to make recommendations to support accomplishing the mission and objectives of the ERC. Any direction of the committee that may violate PMI policy must be discussed with the Committee Chair and the President and CEO.
  2. Provides interface between the ERC and PMI GHQ.
  3. Works in coordination with the ERC Chair to efficiently discharge the responsibilities of the committee, coordinates all administrative duties, and ensures that a community site is maintained, and ERC documents are appropriately retained.
  4. Works in coordination with the ERC Chair to develop agendas, set meeting dates and locations, and communicate meeting requirements using the following criteria:
    1. Meeting dates and locations should be determined as far in advance as possible
    2. Meeting requests forms should be sent to the proper contact with all meeting requirements stated
    3. Agendas should be developed using the standard agenda template and should include the meeting date, venue meeting room on all agendas. If the meeting room name is not available at the time the agenda is distributed, then meeting attendees should be informed of the meeting room at check-in. The agenda should reflect what agenda items are tied to a stated deliverable in the charter. Works in coordination with the Committee Chair to ensure all reports, proposals, supporting documentation are developed in a professional and timely manner.
    4. Handouts should be distributed to the team in advance of the meeting via the team's online community.
  5. Works in coordination with the ERC Chair to capture notes that reflect consensus agreements and follow-up actions using the standard format for meeting notes for Board Standing Committees.
  6. Works in coordination with the ERC Chair to ensure all reports, proposals, supporting documentation are developed in a professional and timely manner.
  7. Works in coordination with appropriate staff to ensure that any financial, ethical, legal, and strategic implications associated with any option brought to the PMI Board are identified and revealed during the preparatory stages and that these implications are reported on the Board agenda form.
  8. Ensures that an online community site is established and maintained, and ERC documents are appropriately archived.
  9. Coordinates and deploys any approved external communications.
  10. Coordinates internally with PMI HQ team members to arrange any required language translation services necessary to ensure fair and unbiased review of cases presented in languages other than English.

Applicable Governing Documents:

(In addition to the below, identify sections from PMI's governance documents specifically related to roles and responsibilities of this committee.) 

  1. PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  2. Rule of the Board 6.6, Board Support Committees and specifically: 6.6.3 c) Limitations. Support Committees shall be prohibited from any activities or actions that shall cause the Institute to be legally or financially bound to an agreement or other relationships. Support Committees shall be limited to the activities set forth in the formal Support Committee Charters consistent with law, the Bylaws and all applicable Rules of the Board.
  3. Rule of the Board 12.1, Board Member's Code of Conduct
  4. Strategic Plan, specifically Core Value on Volunteerism: Volunteers and effective volunteer partnerships with staff are the best way to accomplish the Institute's goals and objectives
  5. Institute Policies:
    1. Confidentiality
    2. Conflict of Interest
    3. Contractor/Volunteer Electronic Systems and Communication
    4. Volunteer Travel
    5. Volunteer Records Management
  6. Expense Report

Version #: 1
Date: 2 July 2020
Description: 2021 Ethics Review Committee Charter