PMI Code Of Ethics
What Goes Around, Comes Around…
Many of us have heard about ethics in other professions. For example, doctors and lawyers are supposed to serve their patient and client to best of their interest according to the highest professional standards of their profession, regardless of their feelings and mindset about the person. Acting accordingly, requires a high level of logic and understanding of different human psychology and behavior. However, professions have come up with Codes of Ethics that they hold their practitioners accountable to. Therefore, you can’t expect a person raised in a certain fashion and social upbringing to become an ethical professional overnight!
But why is abiding by a Code of Ethic is so important?
As mentioned in the PMI Code of Ethics, as I am sure most of you have read it, the purpose of the code of ethic is to “Instill Confidence in the Project Management Profession” and help an individual become a better practitioner!
On the other hand, successful business people know that honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness are the values that drive ethical conduct and therefore accomplish more trust and thus brings happier customer to the business.
However, the most important reason to understand why ethical conduct is so important is understanding the fact that “What Goes Around, Comes Around….”
If one wishes to live in a peaceful and ethical world, he understands that everyone should make the commitment to do what is right and honorable! This has to turn into a belief and not just an “Act” to cover inner feelings and thoughts. It must be set within and in the heart of every person, that all men are created equal. Not only men, but all creatures of the world have equal right of existing, nurturing, and benefiting of the resources available to them, and that everyone has a responsibility toward one another.
Most importantly for us as International Project Management Professionals, we must make decisions and take actions based on the best interests of society, public safety, and the environment!
Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics
According to the PMI Code of Ethics, as PMPs we should inform ourselves about the norms and customs of others and avoid engaging in behaviors they might consider disrespectful. We do not treat others based on personal considerations, such as favoritism or nepotism, and we certainly don’t discriminate against others based on, gender, race, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation. We do not engage in or condone behavior that is designed to deceive others, making misleading or false statements, and we do not engage in dishonest behavior with the intention of personal gain or at the expense of another.
Here is link to the complete PMI Code of Ethics for PMP, it’s only eight pages:
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