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[The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM) sets forth the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory policies that help define a framework for Laboratory operations. LBNL expects employees and affiliates to apply professional best practices and ethics in interpreting and exercising these policies since the RPM cannot address all possible circumstances (see UC Standards of Ethical Conduct, Section 5). When a policy, procedure, or other form of guidance is unclear or silent, ask the appropriate department for clarification.
The LBNL RPM derives its authority from Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231, Section C.4(d), Clause I.76, and Department of Energy Order 414.1d. This manual is not intended, however, to replace any of these driving documents.
Note that the Human Resources policies apply only to Lab employees who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent. Employees who are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent should refer to their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM) translates Department of Energy, University of California, federal and state regulations into actionable everyday terms for all Berkeley Lab employees. The RPM with Berkeley Lab’s values, Diversity and Inclusion Principles and its Standards of Ethical Conduct forms a framework that enables all community members to achieve the Laboratory’s mission. The Laboratory's mission statement, values, Diversity and Inclusion Principles, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct are summarized below for easy reference.
The central mission of Berkeley Lab is to provide scientific leadership needed to carry out the world class science and technological innovation to support the programs and missions of the Office of Science (SC) and the Department of Energy (DOE). The Laboratory's mission addresses four distinct goals:
From: DOE/UC Contract 31, Section C, Statement of Work, Section C.4.b(1).
At Berkeley Lab, we are committed to conducting great science and fostering technological advancement to solve the world’s most challenging problems and to answer its most elusive questions.
Just as science reveals nature’s diversity, science organizations reveal their own nature by the diversity and inclusion they foster. Diversity of people and thought is part of our unique social fabric and a key to our research success. It is also a daily and personal commitment and an expectation.
Each employee has a role to play. Every employee has a responsibility to act.
We believe in the Laboratory’s mission to share the benefits of scientific discovery with the world. We also respect the differences in our workplace community.
In doing so, our actions are guided by the following principles:
Berkeley Lab is part of the University of California (UC)community and embraces UC's Standards of Ethical Conduct, which state commitment to:
We are committed to Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect.
The policy, Ethics and Conduct at Berkeley Lab, codifies the Standards into this Policy Manual.