Purpose and commitments

Through its business, Orano intends to contribute to the fight against global warming by improving access to competitive, low-carbon electricity for all, to the preservation of resources through recycling and to health through nuclear medicine, notably in the fight against cancer. These major challenges of our century are central to our purpose and strategic vision.

Since 2020, Orano has been driven by its corporate purpose co-constructed with its employees and enshrined in the company by-laws.

"Develop know-how in the transformation and control of nuclear materials for the climate, for a healthy and resource-efficient world, now and tomorrow"

A committed actor providing solutions for tomorrow's world

Our new purpose defines who we are, in line with the concerns of our current and future society. It commits us to playing an active role and providing solutions to overcome challenges, whether these are related to the climate, energy or society, and enables the Group to look to the future with ambitious objectives. 

Purpose film

Expert Voices - Corporate purpose: give meaning to our activities

Our commitments are proof of our determination, to act for a better society.


Be engaged and responsible locally in our environment

Relationships with our stakeholders are all the more important as our activities extend over the very long term, for several decades. Orano aims to be a committed and responsible actor in the regions and communities in which it operates, as much for the preservation of their environment as for their development.

Our 2022 results 

  • 88% of purchases by Orano's French entities are made in France
  • 98% of Orano's international employees are recruited locally
  • 60% of residents living near Orano's French sites think that the nuclear industry is good for the region (BVA study, 2019)
  • A renewed Biodiversity strategy for the group
  • 12,7 million euros invested in community projects by Orano Mining in 2022

Our 2025 targets

  • 80% of residents living near our sites have a positive view of Orano's work in their region
  • 50% of projects eco-designed

Biodiversity strategy

In line with its climate commitment and aware that the protection of biodiversity is essential for the compatibility of its activities with the environment, Orano has defined and deployed in 2022 a group Biodiversity strategy along 3 axes:

• Preserving current biodiversity
• Living alongside biodiversity present on our sites
• Enhancing biodiversity and reporting

  • 2022 Orano Mining - Corporate Social Responsibility Report
  • Biodiversity Strategy Orano


Contribute to carbon neutrality

It is the world's number one environmental challenge. In addition to being convinced of the role that nuclear energy can play in the energy transition to low-carbon electricity, since 2004 Orano has been running a program to reduce its own emissions with a view to contributing to the collective effort. 

 Our 2022 results 

  • Direct and Indirect GHG emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) of 393,019 tCO2e
  • GHG emissions of our value chain evaluated at 1 637, 445 tCO2e, thus 80% of our total footprint
  • 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2015
  • 21% reduction since 2019
  • A non-financial reporting aligned on Taxonomy and TCFD (Task Force on Cimate-related Financial Disclosures)

Our 2025 targets 

  • 40% reduction in our direct or indirect carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) compared to 2015, the reference year for the French National Low Carbon Strategy (SNBC), in order to comply with the Paris Agreement 
  • To go beyond, -20% on 3 scopes (1,2 and 3) in 2030 compared to 2019

Greenhouse gas emission scopes (GHG protocol definition)

Scope 1: Direct emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels (gas, oil, coal), direct emissions of refrigerant gases, and direct CO2 emissions not involving combustion

Scope 2: Indirect emissions related to consumption of electricity, heat, or steam necessary for industrial activities

Scope 3: Emissions other than those described above
  • Energy & Climate
  • Using nuclear energy to fight climate change


Mobilize proud and committed employees, who embody our purpose

The realization of our policy of commitment will be driven by the women and men of Orano. The Group's goal is to develop the skills needed today and tomorrow in an attractive, inclusive and innovative environment. 

Our 2022 results 

  • 4 training schools: the École des Métiers, the Management Institute, the Mining College and Trihom, a leader in nuclear training
  • 1,440 personnel recruited on a permanent basis in 2022
  • 32% of women in Management Committees worldwide
  • A share of personnel with a disability above 5% in France
  • A new corporate volunteer program launched mid-2022 with already 293 managers mobilized


Our 2025 targets 

  • 75% employee engagement rate
  • 1,000 managers involved in mentoring or tutoring
Croissance Client

Customer Growth

Innovate to preserve resources and protect health

No company can develop without the trust of its customers. Orano must continue to meet the needs of its customers, present and future, with innovative products and services, while at the same time responding to society's expectations in relation to the environment and health.

Our 2022 results 

  • Top 3 in our businesses
  • 50 Busines Innovation explorations under way to come up with new opportunities for growth
  • More than 100 collaborations with start-up in order to tackle tomorrow challenges
  • Launch of Resolution, a new industrial pilot to recycle electric vehicle batteries
  • 120 million euros invested in R&D
  • 526 recognized experts

Our 2025 targets 

  • Creation of sustainable business related to resource conservation or health (Orano Med, stable isotope production unit)
  • 4.5 billion euros of revenue


Operate efficiently and reduce our footprint

Orano is convinced that there cannot be sustainable economic performance and profitability without a reduction in its environmental footprint.

Our 2022 results 

  • Renewed, efficient and competitive facilities (CIME, Philippe Coste, …)
  • Operational excellence and our SHIFT digital transformation plan in order to deliver financial and environmental performance
  • -5% of energy consumption compared to 2019
  • A reduction of our water consumption by 31% since 2019
  • 66% of conventional waste recovered

Our 2025 targets 

  • 10% improvement in the use of raw materials (water, energy, etc.) vs. 2019
  • 10% reduction in non-recycled waste versus 2019
Yellow Cake Ore samples: Uranium tetrafluoride (UF4), Yellow cake (calcined and natural) © Eric Larrayadieu / Orano

Within the Orano group, each one of us shares common values which drive our actions and behaviours at every level and in every activity:

  • Safety-security: no compromises, we aim for the highest standards
  • Customer satisfaction: attentiveness, pragmatism, anticipation, responsiveness, proactiveness
  • Continuous improvement: delegating, the right to make mistakes, initiative, creativity, performance targets, outward-looking attitude, taking on challenges
  • Respect and people development: attentiveness, high standards, benevolence, respecting differences, professional and personal development
  • Team spirit and cohesion: cooperation, transparency, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Ethics, transparency and dialogue: information-sharing and dialogue with our internal and external stakeholders, respect for the law, company rules and employee rights, exemplarity, integrity.

Safety and security, foundational pillars for Orano

The safety of our facilities and that of our employees and external companies is an absolute priority, just like environmental protection. This requires us to show unwavering commitment to nuclear safety, occupational health and safety, and radiation protection. 

Our priorities for 2021–2023 in 3 policies

  • The Safety-Environment Policy sets eight priorities for action on facility safety, operational safety and management performance.
  • The Health, Safety and Radiation Protection Policy is structured along four lines: the development of primary prevention, the control of operations, innovative practices and the sharing of experience.
  • The Quality Policy, essential to controlling nuclear safety, is designed to drive continuous improvement on a daily basis and optimize customer satisfaction and confidence. 

Prevention at the heart of our actions

Prevention is manifested by several measures: deployment of culture and leadership, training sessions, risk prevention and diagnosis, shared vigilance in the workplace, continuous medical surveillance, regular safety and crisis exercises, etc.

Environmental protection

Orano devotes significant resources to reducing and controlling chemical and radioactive releases. In parallel, it ensures constant environmental monitoring. Each year, Orano performs more than 100 000 measurements and analyses from around 1000 sampling points to monitor radioactivity in the environment around its sites.

Our 2022 results 

  • Zero INES event level 2, 6 level 1 and 120 level 0
  • An accident frequency rate with lost time at 0,9


Objectives for 2025

  • 0 INES level 2 events
  • Accident frequency rate (Orano employees) of less than 1
  • General Inspectorate Annual Report 2021 - Status of safety in nuclear facilities

Ethics, compliance and diligence

Orano strives to be exemplary in terms of ethics and compliance. As a responsible company, Orano acts in accordance with two priority principles:

  • compliance with the most stringent requirements proportionate to the nuclear and conventional safety issues in the conduct of our business, and for the protection of health and the environment;
  • compliance with the strictest integrity standards and unswerving commitment to the fight against bribery, fraud, and anticompetitive practices.

Ethics Code

This sets out the principles and the associated rules of conduct required to uphold Orano's priorities, values and reputation. It applies to subcontractors and suppliers, which must sign a specific sustainable development commitment. 

Orano implements and deploys an anticorruption compliance program within the Group, which is regularly updated. It promotes a culture of business ethics and transparency through a preventive approach, based on strict rules of conduct, and training and awareness actions. 


Our 2022 results 

  • 65% of employees trained in compliance in 2022
  • 153 ethical incidents collected and analyzed through the ethical report process
The Orano group's whistleblowing platform is open to all its employees, as well as to its business partners and recruitment candidates, in all countries where the Group operates, with the exception of the United States, which has a specific local system. Details of how the alert system works are available on the whistleblowing platform itself: https://oranoethic.signalement.net/entreprises

Strenghtening of our actions on Sustainability Due Diligence

Orano establishes and publishes each year a vigilance plan, in accordance with the law of 27 March 2017 on the Sustainability Due Diligence (Devoir de Vigilance). It presents the risks and actions relating to potential serious violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, health and safety and the environment resulting from the activities of the company, its directly or indirectly controlled subsidiaries and its business partners with whom there is an established business relationship.

Transparency and dialogue

In order to report on our activities in a reliable, regular way, and foster relations with various audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:

Annual information reports

In accordance with the provisions of Article L. 125-15 of the French Environmental Code, each Orano group industrial site publishes an annual report informing the public about its activities in terms of safety, security and radiation protection, as well as the results of its environmental measurement campaigns and waste management. 

  • The Group also publishes a report for the French High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security (HCTISN), and the French national plan for the management of radioactive materials and radioactive waste ( PNGMDR) under the aegis of the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the ASN. All these reports are available on multiple distribution channels and can be downloaded from our website under "Reference publications".

Local information committees, public meetings and visits

  • Within the framework of the local information committees (created in 1981), the Group participates in information meetings on its activities, notably alongside elected representatives, associations and members of the safety authorities, with media representatives also present.
  • For their part, the mining businesses and ICPE-classified activities (the Malvési site in particular) participate under the authority of the prefects in meetings of the monitoring and surveillance committees (CSS).
  • Each year, facility tours are held to give visitors the chance to learn about our plants, how they work, and our activities.Local events such as public sessions, and meetings with neighboring residents and the press are also organized.

Stakeholders and public consultation

  • 130 stakeholders were surveyed in 2020 to better understand their expectations from Orano in social and environmental terms. Their feedback was compiled in a summary report called a " materiality analysis
  • Orano has implemented a Stakeholders committee in 2021. This committee is a consultative body composed of 11 external personalities volunteer and unpaid. Its mission is an advisory role with the objective of providing the company's management with external views on the group's social, societal and environmental commitments. It meets 2 times a year.
  • The group regularly conducts surveys with its partner BVA.

Data sharing

  • Orano contributes to the centralized national network managed by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) (www.mesure-radioactivité.fr).
  • Orano Mining provides information about the environmental monitoring of its former French mining sites on its CartOMines website.
  • Orano has implemented immersive visits of its main operations

Target for 2025

  • 80% of our stakeholders have a satisfactory view of the way in which Orano reports on its activities

 Engaged in our ecosystem

Orano is a committed member of professional associations in its field.
Orano ESG performances have been recognized by several ESG rating agencies which puts the group among the best of its category.
  • Orano group's key figures, its financial and extra-financial indicators 2022.
  • Our 2022 ESG results
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