The GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management. Who uses it and how?

The GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management
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Last month we surveyed 15,036 individuals who have downloaded the GPM P5 standard since it was released in 2014 and received 3,600
responses. It was conducted to find out how sustainability factors are incorporated into projects, by whom, where was the focus the most prominent, and most important, if the standard having a positive impact.

Breakdown of the responses by region:

  • 44% Europe
  • 39% The Americas
  • 10% Asia Pacific
  • 6% Africa
  • 2% Middle East

Break down of respondents by focus:

  • 33% project managers
  • 19% academic focused
  • 17% sustainability professionals
  • 11% executives
  • 8% training providers
  • 6% portfolio or program managers
  • 6% government officials

Breakdown of the respondents by years of project management experience:

  • 42% have greater than 15 years
  • 22% have 6 to 10 years
  • 8% have 4 to 5 years
  • 17% have 1 to 3 years

Key statistics (See Analysis Below):

  1. 94% of the respondents stated that projects and project management are integral to sustainable development.
  2. 76% of the respondents are using the standard in their projects.
  3. 93% of the respondents who are using the standard in their projects have seen a tangible increase in project performance.
  4. 96% of the respondents found the standard helpful
  5. 75% of the executives stated that their organizations do sustainability reporting
  6. 50% of the project managers stated that their organization does not do sustainability reporting

Based on the survey outcome the number of individuals who believe that projects and project management are key to sustainable development is almost a unanimous opinion.

the data shows that adoption of sustainability in projects is at a slightly faster pace in Europe and the Americas as compared to the rest of the world. Project managers, academics and sustainability professionals comprise of the largest adopters and of them the more senior in experience are the early adopters.

Those that have adopted the standard see an increase in overall project performance which is a strong indicator that (among adopters) the shift has begun to expand project performance standards beyond the standard time, cost, and scope measures.

Of the respondents, that are project managers, half manage projects in organizations that do not publish sustainability reports which allows for opportunity to projects to be a driving force for materiality when reporting does begin.

Of the executives who responded, the 75% percentage of which stated that their organization does sustainability reporting which is the same percentage of the S&P 500 that published corporate sustainability reports in 2015 according to the G&A Institute.

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Dr. Joel Carboni

Dr. Joel Carboni is a highly respected expert in sustainable project management. He is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, including government, finance, consulting, manufacturing, and education. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events related to project management and sustainability and has worked in more than 50 countries. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in the United States and being a member of the Global advisory board, Dr. Carboni is also the founder of GPM (Green Project Management) and a visiting professor at Skema Business School. He is also the GPM representative to the United Nations Global Compact, where he was a founding signatory of the Business for Peace Initiative and the Anti-Corruption call to action and a contributor to the development of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Dr. Carboni is the creator of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology and the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and has written training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management that are offered in more than 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities. He is the lead author of the book "Sustainable Project Management."

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