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Core Values

NREL's core values are rooted in a safe and supportive work environment, leadership for societal impact, integrity, creativity, and excellence. These ideals are not limited to our time at the lab—they are present in our personal lives as well.

Two female NREL staff members hand out books to children in a classroom.

Children at a local elementary school received a book of their own, from NREL volunteers Jean Wheasler and Jill Rhodes on the last day of school.

The following principles guide our everyday actions and efforts:

Safe and supportive work environment

  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Protect the safety and health of our employees and the community
  • Value individual initiative and foster professional growth
  • Value teamwork and collaboration

Visit our diversity, equity, and inclusion page for more information about our commitment to an inclusive workforce.

Leadership for societal impact

  • Positively contribute to societies we serve nationwide and worldwide
  • Demonstrate respect for our physical and social environment


  • Maintain the highest standard of ethics, honesty, and integrity in our work
  • Demonstrate objectivity in analysis and policy recommendations
  • Be accountable for commitments and results to customers, stakeholders, partners, and employees


  • Advance knowledge that will best serve the nation
  • Take on big challenges and see them through
  • Reward risk taking and tolerate mistakes


  • Provide superior quality, value, and service to our customers
  • Strive for excellence and continuous improvement in all aspects of the organization and its products and services
  • Practice outstanding communications with all our stakeholders