We adopted these ethical and social principles in 2005, based on the report of the NWMO Round Table on Ethics. We reviewed the framework in 2011 to ensure it remains appropriate to guide new phases of our work.
The NWMO continues to build on this framework. We periodically assess our performance against this framework in our annual and triennial reports.
The NWMO’s Ethical and Social Framework sets out clear principles that guide our planning, engagement, and decision-making activities. They are:
- Respect for life in all its forms, including minimization of harm to human beings and other sentient creatures
- Respect for future generations of human beings, other species, and the biosphere as a whole
- Respect for peoples and cultures
- Justice across groups, regions and generations
- Fairness to everyone affected, and particularly to minorities and marginalized groups
- Sensitivity to the differences of values and interpretation that different individuals and groups bring to the dialogue