Project Ethics (also regarded as project management ethics) is a set of fundamental principles, standards and means of right conduct embanked by reason and common sense to enlighten project stakeholders, senior management, and team members on how they are supposed to behave themselves and communicate with each other throughout the project course. It helps identify what is wrong and right within the project.
Project ethics can be also defined as a concept of moral and behavioral excellence of project participants. Usually such a concept is realized by developing and fulfilling a project ethics policy that determines a set of rules and standards governing the conduct of a person as a member of the project community.
The concept of ethics in project management addresses the following:
- Equality. Project resources are treated equally.
- Truth. People involved in a project always say the truth when communicating with stakeholders/team members.
- Honesty. Every team member is honest, never misleads others, and does not engage in deception.
- Integrity: All people involved in one and the same project have good values and respect their job.