This subject underpins all of the others. A strong ethical
framework is vital for personal success influencing our
actions and decisions. Ethics govern the conduct of a person
and are founded on the collective view of a profession,
organization, or society.
Topics included in Personal Ethics & Sustainability:
- Personal Ethics
- Ethical Decision Making
- Useful External Web-links &
Other related sections of the PMKI:
- Ethics and Culture in
- Competencies &
- Leadership & Motivation
- PM Qualifications
- Develop and manage the
The Evolution of Ethics. The evolution of
ethical thinking from the Ancient Greeks to Post
WP: Ethics and
Leadership. A strong ethical framework is
vital for personal success and underpins your ability to
lead. Ideally this framework will be supported by the
organization's governance structures.
Leadership. The crucial role leaders play in
establishing the ethical culture of their organizations -
ethical standards are set at the top!
Practical Ethics. Blind trust in the ethical
standards of others is dangerous. The role of ethical
leaders is first to set the ethical standards, and then
implement systems that require their followers to conform.
Practical Ethics 2. The ethical standards of
an organization are set by the actions of its leaders (not
what they say). What they do sets the ceiling and what
they tolerate in others the floor.
Making Ethics Effective. The need for
surveillance and enforcement to support ethical standards.
Download the PMI
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Ethical Decision Making
Tired workers lose their ethics. Tired people
are more grumpy, absent minded and clumsy than normal and
new research suggests that they are also more likely to
Download the PMI Ethical Decision-Making Framework
The five dimensions of professionalism are:
- Knowledge of project management practice as defined in
the PMBOK® Guide and other standards. The focus
of Section 2
and Section 3
of the PMKI.
- Qualifications, achieving the appropriate level of
qualification for your role, see: PM
Training & Qualifications.
- Competence to undertake and deliver assignments
successfully. The key is knowing your level of
competence and then seeking to improve, see Competencies
& Interpersonal Skills.
- Commitment to continuing professional development for
both yourself and the overall profession.
- Accountability for your actions and decisions based on
the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
The focus of this page.
The Origins of Integrity. Integrity as we know
it today stands for soundness of moral principle and
character – uprightness – honesty; but there's more.
Ethics, Integrity and Governance. The mutual
interdependence between ethics, personal integrity and the
governance of organizations - does an organization have
The moral underpinnings of good policy. The
relationship between morals, ethics, values, principles
Sustainable project management. Using the UN
Sustainable Development Goals, and 'Green Project
Management' to enhance your project's 'triple bottom
Green Project Management
The Green Project Management global movement has
developed models for sustainability, training, and
certification of individuals based on the following
- Commitment & Accountability - Recognize the
essential rights of all to healthy, clean and safe
environments, equal opportunity, fair renumeration,
ethical procurement, and adherence to rule of law
- Ethics & Decision Making - Support
organizational ethics, decision making with respect for
universal principles through identification, mitigation,
and the prevention of adverse short and long-term
impacts on society and the environment
- Integrated & Transparent - Foster the
interdependence of economic development, social
integrity, and environmental protection in all aspects
of governance, practice, and reporting
- Principles & Values-Based - Conserve and
enhancing our natural resource base by improving the
ways in which we develop and use technologies and
- Social & Ecological Equity - Assess human
vulnerability in ecologically sensitive areas and
centres of population through demographic dynamics
- Economic Prosperity - Adhere to fiscal
strategies, objectives, and targets that balance the
needs of stakeholders, including immediate needs and
those of future generations.
Download the GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability
in Project Management v2.0
Useful External Web-links & Resources
GPM Green Project
UN Sustainable Development website: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/