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It applies to anyone (directly or organically) who is committed to doing the right thing. When I first read the code and had to sign it as part of my PMI journey, I didn't have to think twice since everything mentioned in the "code" is what I already considered to be the standard anyway.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
The PMI has two fundamental documents:
- Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct
- Ethical Decision-Making Framework
That all project management professionals, team members and other interested parties must comply scrupulously
It is clear that the Principles are universal and, as such, internalized and respected by all human beings regardless of whether they are members of the PMI
We cannot confuse a code of ethics with legislation
Note: the link you shared is not working
The code directly applies to active PMI members and anyone holding a PMI credential who is no longer a member.
It would be ideal if it became a standard code for all PM practitioners the way such codes are defined for other professions. However, I would expect other PM associations would likely take exception to PMI trying to do this...
In the case of PMI, ethical code is not legally actionable as in other professions. To have a code of ethic is a requisite organizations that create a certification has to fullfil in order to get those certifications certified by specific organizations that guarantee the certification. To create a real profession, in the real sense of the word, the code of ethics must be legally actionable and people have oath of the code of conduct and ethics like you can find in medicine or law. For example, It is "funny" to find certified PMPs that works in projects to create massive destruction weapons. It is against the PMI´s Code of Ethics? I do not know but I did not read a PMI position about that. So, ethics is above the code. On the other side, most of the people that works in organizations have to adhere and follow the organizational code of ethic which is on top of other code of ethic including the PMI.
Thanks Valerie. This is an interesting topic as it broadly covers the actual position PMI is taking to ensure it is followed and is actionable. I would agree with our colleagues above in terms of ethics as a principle is "above" the code. I particularity like the example where ethics is cited for projects that probably create weapons!
I think it should cover all PM practitioners and also be weaved in the way they practice the profession they belong to. Having 2 codes in silo will cause a confusion on priority and application.
My 2 cents..
Thanks Valerie for this thought provoking topic.
As per the purpose for the publication of the code, it applies to all PMI members, PMI certification holders and non PMI members who volunteer to the organization. This is so because PMI established it for that purpose.
Having said so above, the code in my opinion should be applicable to all project management practitioners including PMs, team members, sponsors and all major stakeholders within a project environment. In my opinion, considering the intent of this code, it must even be applicable to all persons within the governance structure of every organization.
Sticking and working within this code will definitely make the world a better place for all mankind. We will definitely not have any justification for most of the wrongs we perpetrate in this world if we all agree to live and work within scope of the code.
Thank you for responding. So it should apply to everyone, but only those "who [are] committed to doing the right thing". There are some people out there who have not demonstrated a commitment.
Thank you for your reply, There actually are many more ethics documents if you want to include the Ethical Decision-Making Framework. The PMI has a whole host of other ethics-related tools. For more information, search for "PMI ethics toolkit".
By the way, the link in the original posting was incorrect. Thank you Luis
The correct link is https://www.pmi.org/about/ethics/code
The original posting tried to use the parenthesis and period.
You make a great point about not confusing the code of ethics with legislation. SHOULD the PMI Code of Conduct and Professional Development be legally binding?
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