Culture and Values


Culture and Values

CERN is a truly unique organisation, a place where people from all around the world work side by side to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. The Organization's core values are :  integrity, commitment, professionalism, creativity and diversity, each one further defined below. These values underpin the CERN Code of Conduct which is all about the common basic standards of behavior to help us understand how to conduct ourselves, treat others and expect to be treated in accordance with the CERN values.

The Code is intended as a guide in helping us, as CERN contributors, to understand how to conduct ourselves, treat others and expect to be treated.  It is based around the five core values of the Organization. We should all become familiar with it and try to incorporate it into our daily life at CERN.


Behaving ethically, with intellectual honesty and being accountable for one's own actions
A high standard of integrity in the performance of our work and in our relationships with others promotes a culture of trust and responsibility.


Demonstrating a high level of motivation and dedication to the Organization
Our collective commitment to CERN is essential both to the achievement of its mission and the protection of its reputation.


Producing a high level of results within resource and time constraints and fostering mutual understanding
Our ability to deliver and to create a positive work environment permits us to achieve high professional standards, individually and collectively.


Being a the forefront of one's professional field, furthering innovation and organisational development
CERN encourages continuous learning and development and values innovation as well as proactive approach to acquiring and sharing information.


Appreciating differences, fostering equality and promoting collaboration
CERN’s excellence derives from an environment in which the knowledge and perspectives of a diverse workforce are valued and dialogue is encouraged at all levels.

CERN & the European Commission – promoting conditions for researchers

As part of our collaboration with the European Commission, CERN subscribes to the principles of the European Commission’s European Charter of Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These principles are best practice guidelines, designed to promote equal rights and obligations for individual researchers throughout Europe by specifying the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, as well as those of funders and/or employers of researchers. They promote attractive research careers and boost employment and working conditions for European researchers.

CERN is currently going through the procedure in view of obtaining the “HR Excellence in Research” logo of the European Commission.

CERN strives to keep its webpages and online application experience dynamic and enjoyable for its visitors and candidates and carries out regular benchmarking studies for continuous improvement.

In the Potentialpark Study Europe 2018 CERN was ranked No. 6 overall, No. 5 for the Career Website, no. 14 for Applying Online, and no. 30 for Social Media presence. Since 2002, Potentialpark’s market research has brought the voice of the candidates to both employers and universities. View the 2018 ranking of the most talent friendly employers in Europe. Find out more.

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