Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct


Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies to:

  • All PMI members
  • Non-members who hold a PMI certification
  • Non-members who apply to commence a PMI certification process
  • Non-members who serve PMI in a volunteer capacity.


The most important values to the project management community fall within the following five characteristics:


  • Maintain high standards of integrity and professionalism.
  • Adhere to legal requirements and ethical standards.
  • Protect the community and your stakeholders.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, research, etc.
  • Improve yourself; improve the quality of project management services.
  • Build the capabilities of your colleagues and enhance individual competencies.
  • Interact with team and stakeholders in a professional and cooperative manner.
  • Balance stakeholder’s objectives.
  • Accept responsibility for the actions.
  • Encourage others in the profession to act in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Improve your competencies as a project manager.
  • Perform self-assessment and competencies development plan.



  •  Make decisions based on the best interests of society, public safety, and the environment.
  •  Accept only those assignments that are consistent with your background, experience, skills, and qualifications.
  •  Accept accountability.
  •  Protect proprietary or confidential information.
  •  Do what you promised to do.
  •  Report any unethical or illegal conduct to appropriate management members.



  • Respect personal, ethnic, and cultural differences.
  • Avoid engaging in behaviors might be considered as disrespectful.
  • Understand others’ point of view.
  • Approach directly those persons with whom you have a conflict or disagreement.
  • Do not act in an abusive manner towards others.
  • Respect the property rights of others.



  • Practice with fairness and honesty.
  • Strive for a fair solution.
  • Ensure transparency in your decision-making process.
  • Reexamine your impartiality and objectivity on a constant basis, and take corrective actions as appropriate.
  • Provide equal access to information to those who are authorized to have that information.
  • Make opportunities equally available to qualified candidates.
  • Do not hire or fire, reward or punish, or award or deny contracts based on personal considerations, including but not limited to, favoritism, nepotism, or bribery.



  • Be truthful in our communications and conduct.
  • Provide accurate information in a timely manner.
  • Provide accurate and truthful representation to the public.
  • Negotiate in good faith.
  • Make commitments and promises, implied or explicit, in good faith.
  • Strive to create an environment in which others feel safe to tell the truth.
  • Avoid conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety.

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