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Our Principles

At ORAU, our focus is on unleashing the power of people—researchers, scientists, students, employees—and harnessing their potential to solve our nation’s most challenging issues. Whether it's leveraging our expertise in STEM workforce development to help our customers recruit and develop the nation’s next generation of scientists and STEM leaders, or by providing better regional health communication and education to combat opioid abuse in Appalachia, we are supporting efforts to help strengthen our nation and our communities.

For more than 75 years, ORAU has been driven by our commitment to developing scientific and technical solutions for our customers. ORAU’s core principles are focused on innovation, expertise, diversity, quality, teamwork, agility, integrity, safety/security and customer service, as we help our customers advance national priorities and serve the public interest.

ORAU's commitment to these principles has earned us recognition for quality management (ISO 9001:2015 certification); safety (13 consecutive years of DOE’s VPP Star of Excellence Award); and diversity (named top diversity employer by numerous publications). Many of ORAU’s customers continue to reward this performance with long-tenured contracts that include 30 years managing the ORISE contract, and 15 years leading the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program, one of the most important workers’ compensation programs in the United States.

Together, this work creates a solid foundation from which ORAU can best position itself to deliver innovative solutions for our customers.

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    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    ORAU is committed to ensuring that employees have the opportunity to work and develop in an environment that is uninhibited, free of harassment or discrimination and profiling.

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    ORAU's Office of Quality focuses on organizational excellence through continuous evaluation of plans, processes and procedures to increase efficiency, effectiveness and overall responsiveness to our customers.

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    Running a safe operation is not just something that ORAU management strives to do. It's a foundational part of our culture at ORAU and extends well beyond just the company work hours.

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    Environmental Responsibility

    ORAU's Environment, Safety, & Health office leads the organization's environmental management efforts in recycling, waste minimization and ensuring that hazardous waste is handled properly.

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