Professional Ethics Of Project Managers


  • Duty to take ownership

  • We make decisions and take actions based on the best interests of society, public safety, and the environment.

  • We accept only those assignments that are consistent with our background, experience, skills, and qualifications.

  • We fulfill the commitments that we undertake – we do what we say we will do.

  • When we make errors or omissions, we take ownership and make corrections promptly.

  • When we discover errors or omissions caused by others, we communicate them to the appropriate body as soon they are discovered.

  • We accept accountability for any issues resulting from our errors or omissions and any resulting consequences.

  • We protect proprietary or confidential information that has been entrusted to us

  • We uphold this Code and hold each other accountable to it.

  • We inform ourselves and uphold the policies, rules, regulations and laws that govern our work, professional, and volunteer activities.

  • We report unethical or illegal conduct to appropriate management and, if necessary, to those affected by the conduct.

  • We bring violations of this Code to the attention of the appropriate body for resolution.

  • We only file ethics complaints when they are substantiated by facts.

  • We pursue disciplinary action against an individual who retaliates against a person raising ethics concerns.


  • Respect is our duty to show a high regard for ourselves, others, and the resources entrusted to us.

  • We inform ourselves about the norms and customs of others and avoid engaging in behaviors they might consider disrespectful.

  • We listen to others’ points of view, seeking to understand them.

  • We approach directly those persons with whom we have a conflict or disagreement.

  • We conduct ourselves in a professional manner, even when it is not reciprocated.

  • We negotiate in good faith.

  • We do not exercise the power of our expertise or position to influence the decisions or actions of others in order to benefit personally at their expense.

  • We do not act in an abusive manner toward others.

  • We respect the property rights of others.


  • Fairness is our duty to make decisions and act impartially and objectively.

  • We demonstrate transparency in our decision-making process.

  • We constantly reexamine our impartiality and objectivity, taking corrective action as appropriate.

  • We provide equal access to information to those who are authorized to have that information.

  • We make opportunities equally available to qualified candidates.

  • We proactively and fully disclose any real or potential conflicts of interest to the appropriate stakeholders.

  • When we realize that we have a real or potential conflict of interest, we refrain from engaging in the decision-making process.

  • We do not hire or fire, reward or punish, or award or deny contracts based on personal considerations, including but not limited to, favoritism, nepotism, or bribery.

  • We do not discriminate against others based on, but not limited to, gender, race, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.


  • Honesty is our duty to understand the truth and act in a truthful manner both in our communications and in our conduct.

  • We earnestly seek to understand the truth.

  • We are truthful in our communications and in our conduct.

  • We provide accurate information in a timely manner

  • We make commitments and promises, implied or explicit, in good faith.

  • We strive to create an environment in which others feel safe to tell the truth.