Project Management

Honesty as the Basis of Ethics in an Organization: Why Ethics Are That Important

PMI Mexico Chapter

Angelica Larios is a Project Manager Professional (PMP)® certification holder with more than 15 years of experience in implementing SW projects related to BI, planning and consolidation of financial solutions to support business decision processes. She is an owner of ALACONTEC, an IT consulting company in Los Angeles.

Nowadays, more and more articles, books, and guides to ethics and codes of conduct are high on the agenda of every organization, enterprise, business unit, and projects. The concern is evolving and growing; and it is now necessary to have a model that directs behavior inside organizations. But where does this anxiety come from?

Recent headlines report several financial corruption scandals, conflicts of interest, and collusion in different spheres, among many other events—revealing a moral crisis. This crisis of values, morals, and ethics in business is present not only in the United States, but other countries as well. It is advisable to revisit some crucial aspects of ethics to maintain the integrity of organizations and keep them from ethical threats.

Ethics is a concept commonly used to refer to the morality of an individual or an organization, and if well applied, ethics can become a principle that improves decision-making processes. However, ethics does not describe a specific norm or conduct; ethics is related to an intimate way of reflection, and it helps to determine what the correct path is and how individuals should act. According to Mahatma Gandhi, it is more important to obey the inner voice of conscience than the highest law of courts or governments.

Ethics must be expressed as a policy within the organization that defines the way a …

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