Personal Ethics & Sustainability

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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
- Professionalism
- Sustainability
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Ethics and Culture in organizations
- Competencies & Interpersonal Skills
- Leadership & Motivation
- PM Qualifications
- Develop and manage the project team
- The Evolution of Governance & Ethics

Personal Ethics

Blg: The Evolution of Ethics. The evolution of ethical thinking from the Ancient Greeks to Post Modernism.

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.

Art: Ethical Leadership. The crucial role leaders play in establishing the ethical culture of their organizations - ethical standards are set at the top!

Blg: 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.

Blg: 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.

Blg: Making Ethics Effective. The need for surveillance and enforcement to support ethical standards.

The PMI Code of EthicsDownload the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

See more on the evolution of ethics.



Ethical Decision Making

Every decision you make has an ethical component. The PMI Ethical Decision-Making Framework (EDMF) describes steps that can be used to guide you through a process to make a decision when confronted with an ethical dilemma. Download the PMI Ethical Decision-Making Framework

Blg: 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 cheat!

Art: The Problem with Paradox. Virtually every management system generates a series of paradox that cannot be removed because both of the factors that create the paradox are important, but at the same time contradict each other. This article discusses how to live with paradox.

Click through to see more on practical decision making.



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.

Blg: The Origins of Integrity. Integrity as we know it today stands for soundness of moral principle and character – uprightness – honesty; but there's more.

Art: Ethics, Integrity and Governance. The mutual interdependence between ethics, personal integrity and the governance of organizations - does an organization have ethical responsibilities?

Blg: The moral underpinnings of good policy. The relationship between morals, ethics, values, principles and policies.

Art: Professional Project Management. What does professional project management look like? This article looks at the concept of a formal profession and what this means for project management.




Art: Sustainable project management. Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and 'Green Project Management' to enhance your project's 'triple bottom line'.

Green Project Management

The Green Project Management global movement has developed models for sustainability, training, and certification of individuals based on the following principles:

  1. Commitment & Accountability - Recognize the essential rights of all to healthy, clean and safe environments, equal opportunity, fair remuneration, ethical procurement, and adherence to rule of law
  2. 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
  3. Integrated & Transparent - Foster the interdependence of economic development, social integrity, and environmental protection in all aspects of governance, practice, and reporting
  4. Principles & Values-Based - Conserve and enhancing our natural resource base by improving the ways in which we develop and use technologies and resources
  5. Social & Ecological Equity - Assess human vulnerability in ecologically sensitive areas and centers of population through demographic dynamics
  6. Economic Prosperity - Adhere to fiscal strategies, objectives, and targets that balance the needs of stakeholders, including immediate needs and those of future generations.

These principles are encapsulated in the GMP360 model:

GreenPM 360

Download the GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management v2.0

Or click through to the GPM website for more information:



Useful External Web-links & Resources

GPM Green Project Management: 

UN Sustainable Development website:

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