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 2023 results 

  • 89% 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)
  • 10 million euros invested in community projects by Orano Mining in 2023
  • Renewed partnerships on climate, health and innovation

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

Committed and supportive partnerships

Orano actively encourages its teams to take part in solidarity and corporate philanthropy initiatives, in favor of a more sustainable world. For this reason, the partnership policy of the Group focuses on three areas: low carbon energy and biodiversity, the fight against cancer, and innovation, in line with its commitments and purpose. It complements existing volunteer schemes such as O'Share and Orano Solidaires.
  • 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 2023 results 

  • Direct and Indirect GHG emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) of 338,664 tCO2e
  • GHG emissions of our value chain evaluated at 1,745 773 tCO2e, thus 80% of our total footprint
  • 54% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2015
  • 29% reduction since 2019
  • A climate change anticipation program for our operations and projects

Our 2025 targets 

  • 25% reduction in our direct or indirect carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) compared to 2019
  • 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

Engaging internal and external stakeholders in the decarbonization of procurement

In 2023, Orano trained 250 supply chain players on the challenges of climate change and the importance of reducing scope 3. The group also held 30 meetings with its main supplier contributors to discuss Orano's objectives and their actions. These actions have made it possible to identify 6% of the reduction needed to achieve the Orano objective. They have also provided a better understanding of the source of GHG emissions within procurement.

  • 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 2023 results 

  • 4 training schools: the École des Métiers, the Management Institute, the Mining College and Trihom, a leader in nuclear training
  • 1,748 personnel recruited on a permanent basis in 2022
  • 35% of women in Management Committees worldwide
  • A new corporate volunteer program launched mid-2022 with already 533 managers mobilized
  • 1st place in the HappyIndex®Trainees France 2024 ranking


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 2023 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 a new industrial pilot to recycle electric vehicle batteries
  • 120 million euros invested in R&D, out of which 92% towards low carbon activities
  • 900 recognized experts and specialists

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

A project to extend the enrichment capacity of the Georges Besse II plant

In October 2023, the Board of Directors of Orano approved the investment in the project to extend the production capacity of the Georges Besse II uranium enrichment plant at the Tricastin site (Drôme and Vaucluse-France).). With a projected amount of nearly 1.7 billion euros, the project consists of building four
modules identical to the fourteen existing modules with the
same recognized and proven technology, and with a reduced environmental footprint.

During the construction phase, it will involve up to 1,000 people, with a large proportion of regional companies. This project is
100% European for the equipment and mainly French for the site. Two thirds of the necessary purchases will be made at the regional level.

With this capacity extension, the enriched uranium produced will supply the equivalent of 120 million homes per year with low-carbon energy.


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 2023 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
  • -7.5% of energy consumption compared to 2019
  • A reduction of our water consumption by 39% since 2019
  • 77% of conventional waste recovered in France

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

More projects for a circular economy

Orano is currently working on 2 projects for the recovery of metal waste from nuclear activities that are at different stages of progress: the steel recovery project and the lead recovery project. These two projects make it possible to reduce the volume of potential metal waste to be stored, to be part of a circular economy logic and to ensure, in the context of lead, a supply of raw material from a resource that is currently under pressure.

Orano has also set up the Nuclear MarketPlace, an online platform made available for the reuse and pooling of materials and equipment from the group's facilities. To date, the group has enabled the reuse of nearly 3,000 pieces of equipment within the group, avoiding more than 7 tons of waste.


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. 

The priorities set by the 3 renewed policies for the period 2024 – 2026

  • The HSE Policy sets 4 priorities: 
    • Anchor a strong leadership culture
    • Building a sustainable future
    • Contribute to performance by controlling our risks
    • Move towards a homogeneous level of prevention and requirements


  • The Quality Policy sets out 3: 
    • Learn from our feedback to strengthen our Quality culture and improve performance
    • Be committed to the satisfaction of our customers in terms of quality-cost-time performance and without compromising with nuclear safety
    • Bring together the interests of Orano and those of its suppliers to ensure control of our supplies and subcontractors


  • Finally, the Protection Policy sets out the main principles for the protection of activities and materials, people during their travels and the protection of heritage. 

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.

In line with its climate commitment and aware that the protection of biodiversity is essential, Orano defined and deployed a group biodiversity strategy in 2022.

Our 2023 results 

  • Zero INES event level 2, 6 level 1 and 122 level 0
  • An accident frequency rate with lost time at 1.2


Objectives for 2025

  • 0 INES level 2 events
  • Accident frequency rate (Orano employees) of less than 1
  • General Inspectorate Annual Report 2022 - Status of safety in nuclear facilities

Ethics, compliance and vigilance

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. This has been renewed in 2024 to strengthen environmental expectations. 

  • Ethics Code
  • Sustainable development declaration for suppliers

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 2023 results 

  • 63% of employees trained in compliance in 2023
  • 129 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

A committee at the service of Vigilance

The close collaboration between the teams was confirmed by the creation in 2023 of a Vigilance Committee composed of representatives of the Health-Safety-Environment, Risks-Compliance-Internal Audit and Purchasing departments and led by the Legal Department. This committee also defines annual action plans and participates in the development of the vigilance culture within the group.

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

  • 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.
  • In 2023, the project to extend the enrichment capacity of the Georges Besse II plant was the subject of a preliminary consultation with the public held from 1 February to 9 April 2023. In this context, Orano has set up various participation methods to reach a wide audience on local, regional and national perimeters.

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.
(1) This ECG Assessment was originaly conducted by V.E, which is now part of Moody's ESG Solutions Sources: Orano
  • Orano group's key figures, its financial and extra-financial indicators 2023
  • Our 2023 ESG results
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