Ethical and social framework

The NWMO’s ethical and social framework sets out clear principles that guide our planning, engagement and decision-making activities.


    The principles that guide our planning, engagement, and decision-making activities 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

    Sensitivity to the differences of values and interpretation that different individuals and groups bring to the dialogue.
    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, and again in 2018, to ensure it remains appropriate to guide new phases of our work. The framework is considered a living document, and as such, it will continue to be reviewed and discussed with communities involved in the site selection process and interested citizens.

    The NWMO continues to build on this framework. We periodically assess our performance against this framework in our annual and triennial reports.

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