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Why the PMI Code of Ethics is essential for PMI Volunteers

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Project Management Institute (PMI) volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. Their dedication, expertise, and passion contribute significantly to advancing the project management profession. However, with such responsibility comes the critical need for ethical conduct. The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct serves as a cornerstone framework that PMI volunteers should actively champion.


  • Ensuring Trust and Enhancing Credibility

The PMI Code of Ethics transcends mere guidelines; it's a resolute commitment to upholding the highest professional standards. By adhering to the core principles of responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty, PMI volunteers foster a culture of trust within the project management community, both at the chapter and global level. This translates to a more credible and respected profession, ultimately benefiting all stakeholders.


  • Ethical Navigation: A Framework for Decision-Making

The complexities inherent in project management can present situations where ethical boundaries become unclear. The code provides PMI volunteers with a clear roadmap for navigating these challenges. Whether facing pressure to compromise quality or navigating conflicts of interest, the code equips volunteers with the framework necessary to make sound, ethical decisions.


  • Leading by Example: Setting the Standard

PMI volunteers often serve as mentors and role models for emerging professionals in the project management community. By demonstrating ethical leadership and sharing their experiences with ethical decision-making, volunteers help shape the next generation of project managers, instilling in them the importance of integrity and ethics in their careers.


  • Beyond Compliance: Striving for Excellence

The PMI Code of Ethics extends beyond mere adherence to established rules. It encourages volunteers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. By upholding the aspirational standards outlined in the code, volunteers contribute to the overall advancement and development of the project management profession.


  • A Foundation for Success

PMI volunteers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of project management. Their active embrace and promotion of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct ensure a strong foundation built on trust, respect, and ethical decision-making. This, in turn, benefits not only the profession itself, but also the countless projects and stakeholders that rely on skilled and ethical project managers.


What are your thoughts on the importance of PMI's Code of Ethics for volunteers? Share your insights in the comments below!

Posted by Witold Hendrysiak on: May 10, 2024 02:50 AM | Permalink

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Md. Golam Rob Talukdar Project Manager| AWR Development (BD) Ltd. Cox's Bazer , Bangladesh
You've adeptly highlighted how adherence to ethical principles enhances credibility and fosters trust within the project management community. Your recognition of the Code's function as a practical guide for ethical decision-making demonstrates a keen understanding of its significance in navigating complexities. Moreover, your emphasis on volunteers as ethical leaders and mentors succinctly underscores their pivotal role in shaping the profession's future. Your perspective transcends mere compliance, emphasizing the aspirational standards that drive continuous improvement. Overall, your insights powerfully emphasize the foundational importance of ethical conduct in ensuring the success and sustainability of project management. Well stated!

Juan Posada Toro Customer Success Manager| Rockwell Automation Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Hi Witek, great topic and thanks for bringing this to the table.
The PMI Code of Ethics is crucial for volunteers as it sets standards for professional conduct, integrity and responsibility. It ensures consistency and ethical decision-making across all PMI activities, ultimately fostering a positive impact on project management practices worldwide.

Ming Yeung Compliance Manager| Blockchain Venture Capital Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hello Witek, the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is crucial, in my view, for PMI volunteers (and candidates, designation holders, and the community at large). It upholds the professional standards, serves as a cornerstone framework, committing volunteers to the highest professional standards, offers a clear decision-making roadmap for navigating ethical challenges and issues by equipping volunteers with aids to make sound, ethical decisions, demonstrates ethical leadership and shares experiences with decision-making instills integrity and ethics in the next generation of project managers, and encourage volunteers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. Thank you for the timely post.

Manuel Baruco PM Specialist| Ministerio Educación de Panamá Panama, Panama, Panama
Saludos desde PANAMA. El conocimiento es poder y este poder ha de utilizarse de forma ética y en beneficio del bien común.

Albert Agbemenu Managing Director| Seag Focus Ghana Ltd Accra, Ghana
Thank you very much, Witek, for amplifying the critical role that PMI volunteers play in promoting the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. You also touched on the importance of the ethical decision-making framework which is very essential to project managers when encountered with ethical dilemmas. Undoubtedly, even though it is a must for all PMI members, volunteers, certification holders and certification applicants to comply with the Code, volunteers are the people who epitomize the image and identity of the profession. It is in no doubt that PMI volunteers are mostly seen as the custodians of the Code and required to live by it.

Thank you once again for the wonderful post.

Kwiyuh Michael Wepngong Financial Management Specialist | US Peace Corps / Cameroon Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon
Thanks for this

Reshma Rizvi Scientific Project Manager| University Of Saskatchewn Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Thanks Witek, for highligting the PMI Code of Conduct, it's the foundation for the PMs in the VUCA world.

Eduin Fernando Valdes Alvarado Project Manager| F y F Fabricamos Futuro Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia
Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani Manager, Quality and Continuous Improvement| Hörmann-TNR Industrial Doors Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Good read!
Thank you for sharing!

Siran Xing China
Good to me , Thank you for sharing

Michael Browning Director, Cybersecurity| Vanderbilt University Nashville, USA
Great insight - thank you for sharing!

Matheus Frederico Rosa Rocha Analista de Gestao de Projetos - PMO| Eletrobras Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil

Excelente conteúdo. É importante reforçar a importância do nosso comportamento ético e respeitoso com tudo e todos da comunidade. Temos nos capitulos hierárquias e essas ditam o papel e responsabilidade de cada para que a comunidade continue comprindo o seu valor. As vezes, situações desconcertantes acontecem, mas decisões precisam ser tomadas para manter a comunidade saudável. Excelente conteúdo. Parabéns!

Matheus Rocha Vice-presidente do PMI Distrito Federal, Brasil 

Kwiyuh Michael Wepngong Financial Management Specialist | US Peace Corps / Cameroon Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon
I came back here to insist that bypassing ethics can be very detrimental

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