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In my opinion, the code applies to the PMI members and anyone holding any PMI credential or aspire to have one.
I agree with Luis
The problem with codes of ethics is because they are normally voluntary, people do not take them seriously and ask the question does this apply to me? If you need to ask this questions then the function of a code of ethics has already failed at the first hurdle.
After witnessing first hand some serious breaches of morals and secondly ethics in the workplace I think the role of a code of ethics has diminished and diminished increasing over the years. The only thing that people take seriously these days is repercussions that will either effect their quality of life or their reputation.
As you start to peel the layers of the structures of some organizations you start to see some serious failings that a band aid solution is not going to fix.
So until accountability and transparency in the workplace becomes a reality and people do actual become responsible people and learn what it is to be moral sound and ethically compliant then all we are doing is faffing in the wind.
Thank you for your question.
The first part of your question is already covered in the Code.
As for the second part, it would be great to extend the Code to apply to PMI staff and bodies that interact with PMI such as RCPs, REPs. This will ensure that a standardized set of values and behaviors are understood and adopted.
The tricky part is how would the Code be enforced beyond the current complaint process ensuring that unethical and unprofessional behaviors are not accepted.
I agree with Sergio
Once you have peeled all the layers the only person accountable is the person themselves. No other can truly enforce a code of ethics. This is voluntary. Note that legal requirements which may apply to doctors, legal profession or engineers are not "codes of ethics".
1) Too many jurisdictions to consider legal enforcement
2) The person has committed to themselves and PMI only
3) PMI could void any certification and cancel membership BUT PMI itself would be subject to claim for damages thus would have to have a very onerous process to investigate and action such cancellation.
4) As a PM you cannot enforce a code of ethics on your team nor anyone else
5) Code of ethics cannot be a condition of employment, There are legal requirements affecting employment in most jurisdictions. Termination for breech of 'code of ethics' is subject to legal action.
So again, this is a personal commitment, implementation is through convincing others of its value rather than threat of enforcement.
That being said, the PMI 'code of ethics' can be a basis for establishing a project or team code of ethics, possibly in the Project Charter.
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