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Core Values

The National Academies advise the Nation on critical issues in science, technology, and medicine and bring a set of core values to this task:

Commitment to excellence

Respect for people and ideas

Honesty, generosity and equity in working with staff, volunteers and sponsors

Commitment to providing staff and volunteers with a supportive work environment

We pride ourselves on addressing scientific and technical issues in a fair and balanced manner. This approach is equally important in our working relationships.

Our values define what we stand for as an organization and as individuals. They guide our behaviors and form the foundation of our commitments to our customers, volunteers, members, employees and communities.

Commitment to Excellence
The Nation turns to the National Academies – National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council – for independent, objective advice on issues that affect people’s lives worldwide.

We are committed to excellence in all aspects of our operation and understand the importance of our work and its impact on the world.

To accomplish this:

  • we work collaboratively across functions to achieve our common goals;
  • we make every effort to deliver, on time and within our business plans and guidelines, the commitments that we make to each other and to each customer;
  • we empower employees by promoting personal responsibility and accountability along with creative thinking, innovation and informed risk-taking in all our activities;
  • we welcome change and seek to marry improvements in process and product to the traditions that have served us well for many years; and
  • we aspire at all times to do our jobs better in every dimension.

Respect for People and Ideas
Creating a respectful and meaningful workplace, characterized by honest, direct and relevant communication is important at the National Academies. We are committed to communicating definable and measurable goals. We act with integrity and engender trust in both colleagues and customers. We honor diversity, individuality, and personal and professional differences. We are committed to conducting our business with the highest professional and ethical standards and to treating all resources entrusted to us as if they were our own.

Engendering in our workplace a sense of being valued is important. Listening to ideas and employing them when possible, including others and sharing credit, are powerful ways to convey respect. People who feel valued and respected are willing to extend themselves for the good of the team. We strive for a collaborative work environment that values and respects the work of everyone.

Honesty, generosity and equity in working with staff, volunteers and sponsors
What is meant by “honesty, generosity and equity in working with staff …” in the National Academies’ workplace?

  • Honesty -- working with people in a truthful manner
  • Generosity -- providing assistance wherever and whenever possible
  • Equity -- no matter how we are created we will all be treated the same, every person will be given equal access to success

Commitment to providing staff and volunteers with a supportive work environment
We are committed to an environment characterized by continuous learning, an entrepreneurial, can-do spirit and a team orientation. In addition, we are committed to an environment that is willing to allow for a healthy balance between our professional and personal lives. This commitment will enable us to attract and retain the best-qualified people and create a workplace of which we can be proud and where we can enjoy our work, always while seeking to carry out our mission.