There are five values that PMI participants must adhere to on fairness. Two of the standards apply to conflict-of-interest scenarios, while the remaining three center on favoritism and discrimination. As project managers, we are to:
• Fully disclose any real or potential conflict of interest.
• Refrain from participating in any decision where a real or potential conflict of interest exists until we've disclosed the situation, have an approved mitigation plan, and have the consent of the project stakeholders to proceed.
• Don't hire or fire, reward or punish, or award or deny contracts based on personal considerations, such as favoritism, nepotism, or bribery.
• Don't discriminate against others on things such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.
• Always apply the rules of the organization (the organization being our employer, PMI, or other performing organization), without favoritism or prejudice.
I think it's safe to say in regards to these requirements that if we follow the rules of our employers, the laws of our country, and the calling voice of our conscience, we'll be on the right track.
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