Conduct & Discipline

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Members of IPMP worldwide are required to uphold this code and to seek commitment to it by all the parties they engage with in their professional practice. Members should encourage their organization to adopt an ethical project policy based on the principles of this code and raise any matter of concern relating to business ethics at an appropriate level within their organization. Members’ conduct will be judged against the code and any breach may lead to action under the disciplinary rules set out in the PMP. Members are expected to assist any investigation by IPMP in the event of a complaint being made against them. Find out more about the complaints and disciplinary procedure.


As a member of Institute of Project Management Professionals, I will enhance and protect the standing of the profession, by:

  1. Never engaging in conduct, either professional or personal, which would bring the profession or the Institute of Project Management Professionals into disrepute
  2. Not accepting inducements or gifts (other than any declared gifts of nominal value which have been sanctioned by my employer)
  3. Not allowing offers of hospitality or those with vested interests to influence, or be perceived to influence, my business decisions 

Being aware that my behavior outside my professional life may have an effect on how I am perceived as a professional. 


Maintain the highest standard of integrity in all business relationships, by:

  • Rejecting any business practice which might reasonably be deemed improper
  • Never using my authority or position for my own financial gain
  • Declaring to my line manager any personal interest that might affect, or be seen by others to affect, my impartiality in decision making
  • Ensuring that the information i give in the course of my work is accurate and not misleading
  • Never breaching the confidentiality of information i receive in a professional capacity
  • Striving for genuine, fair and transparent competition
  • Being truthful about my skills, experience and qualifications 


Promote the eradication of unethical business practices, by:

  1. Fostering awareness of human rights, fraud and corruption issues in all my business relationships
  2. Responsibly managing any business relationships where unethical practices may come to light, and taking appropriate action to report and remedy them
  3. Undertaking due diligence on appropriate supplier relationships in relation to forced labour (modern slavery) and other human rights abuses, fraud and corruption
  4. Continually developing my knowledge of forced labour (modern slavery), human rights, fraud and corruption issues, and applying this in my professional life 


Enhance the proficiency and stature of the profession, by:

  1. Continually developing and applying knowledge to increase my personal skills and those of the organization I work for
  2. Fostering the highest standards of professional competence amongst those for whom I am responsible
  3. Optimizing the responsible use of resources which I have influence over for the benefit of my organization


Ensure full compliance with laws and regulations, by:

  1. Adhering to the laws of the countries in which I practice, and in countries where there is no relevant law in place I will apply the standards inherent in this code
  2. Fulfilling agreed contractual obligations
  3. Following IPMP guidance on professional practice 


Project Management Ethics

Ethics are the principles which define behaviour as right, good and appropriate and members are bound to uphold certain values in their professional activities. The value of the transactions in the project process along with pressures to lower costs could result in bribery, corruption and other practices which could be deemed unethical.  It is therefore imperative that project operates ethically, with impartiality, transparency, and professionalism. Ethical project best practice starts with the employees in project following the IPMP Code of Conduct which dictates their behavior and actions while conducting business. Ethical project practices should be extended to all stakeholders in the project cycle.  


Conduct with Project Contractor

Business dealings with suppliers must be fair and transparent. Project shall:

  1. Refrain from showing favouritism or being influenced by suppliers through the acceptance of gifts, gratuities, loans or favours
  2. Safeguard supplier confidentiality
  • Refrain from requiring suppliers to pay to be included on an approved or preferred supplier list
  1. Select suppliers on the basis of meeting appropriate and fair criteria
  2. Discourage the arbitrary or unfair use of project leverage or influence when dealing with project owners
  3. Avoid the exertion of undue influence or abuses of power
  • Treat all suppliers fair and equal


Conflict of Interest

IPMP members are required to report to the stakeholders, customers, or others any actions or circumstances that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

IPMP Members shall:

  1. Avoid any private or professional activity that would create a conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety
  2. Avoid engaging in personal business with any supplier representative or similar person
  3. Avoid lending money to or borrowing money from any supplier
  4. Avoid any and all potential for nepotism
  5. Avoid any overlap of duties in the project process
  6. Safeguard the project process from political or outside influence


Acting Professionally

IPMP members are required to behave in a professional manner in difficult situations. Also, they are required to coaching team members to conform to the standard of conduct expected by the organization they work for. 

Relationship with Customers, Clients & Employers

IPMP members are required to provide customers, clients and employers with fair, honest, complete and accurate information on the preparation of estimates concerning costs, services and expected results.

Also, IPMP members are required to fully and accurately disclose any professional or business-related conflicts or potential conflicts of interest in a timely manner. Perhaps this is one of the most single important issues, and project management professionals need to improve on this. There is a tendency among project teams to give good news (to disclose positives) and to avoid bad news (hide negatives). Project Management Organizations have to cultivate a culture where the bearer of bad news is not punished.