Culture and Values

CERN is a truly unique organisation, a place where people from all around the world work side by side to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. The Organisation's core values are : integrity, commitment, professionalism, creativity and diversity, each one further defined below. These values underpin the CERN Code of Conduct which is all about the common basic standards of behaviour to help us understand how to conduct ourselves, treat others and expect to be treated in accordance with the CERN values.

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The Code is intended as a guide in helping us, as CERN contributors, to understand how to conduct ourselves, treat others and expect to be treated. It is based around the five core values of the Organisation. We should all become familiar with it and try to incorporate it into our daily life at CERN.

Integrity

Behaving ethically, with intellectual honesty and being accountable for one's own actions
A high standard of integrity in the performance of our work and in our relationships with others promotes a culture of trust and responsibility.

Commitment

Demonstrating a high level of motivation and dedication to the Organisation
Our collective commitment to CERN is essential both to the achievement of its mission and the protection of its reputation.

Professionalism

Producing a high level of results within resource and time constraints and fostering mutual understanding
Our ability to deliver and to create a positive work environment permits us to achieve high professional standards, individually and collectively.

Creativity

Being a the forefront of one's professional field, furthering innovation and organisational development
CERN encourages continuous learning and development and values innovation as well as proactive approach to acquiring and sharing information.

Diversity

Appreciating differences, fostering equality and promoting collaboration
CERN’s excellence derives from an environment in which the knowledge and perspectives of a diverse workforce are valued and dialogue is encouraged at all levels.