Upholding the PMI Code of Ethics

Posted on March 9, 2010 by

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In order to be a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) one must agree to abide by the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. It establishes expectations for behavior and serves as guidance for members as they make decisions in their profession. The sixth aspirational Responsibility standard in the PMI Code of Ethics is “2.2.6 We uphold this Code and hold each other accountable to it.” It seems redundant that the Code itself states that we are to uphold it, but the key here is that we are to hold each other accountable. So for your colleagues who have also agreed to abide by the code, it means you should remind them about the standards when they face an ethical dilemma and expect that they will hold you accountable as well. In order to do this, we must have a good familiarity with the Code, or at a minimum, be able to recognize that a situation or decision involves ethics and then reference the Code. This aspirational Responsibility standard is closely tied to the Mandatory Responsibility standards which require us to report, and even file an ethics complaint, when there has been a substantiated ethics violation.

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