Governing Policies

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is committed to the core values of safety, integrity, efficiency and transparency in all aspects of the Corporate and Barakah project-related work. As such, ENEC is guided by six overarching policies.


Support Services Policy

Statement

ENEC is committed to providing effective corporate support services which are planned, focused on safety, efficiency, continual improvement, continuity of critical processes and customer satisfaction. ENEC Staff will communicate with stakeholders in adherence to the communication and security procedures and work with customers and stakeholders to embed a customer service mindset throughout the organization in order to deliver products and services to the organization that are safety-focused, value-added, and support protection of the environment, social progress and economic development while complying with applicable laws, regulations standards, and requirements.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that ENEC’s resources are procured and managed in adherence to the ENEC values of safety, integrity, transparency and efficiency and in a manner that is continually improved and demonstrated to meet or exceed stakeholder requirements. These support services directly or indirectly ensure project delivery and operational readiness.

Implementation

Management of ENEC shall provide the leadership, demonstrate commitment and allocate sufficient resources to the programs and processes that implement this policy.  These include, but are not limited to, the following processes:

  • Procurement and Supply Chain (PSC) – Providing access to market information, procurement planning, procurement of goods and services to achieve ENEC’s strategic objectives through management of a robust framework that delivers safety first and value-based professional, legally compliant and ethical service, procurement support, supplier relationship management and contract management ensuring proper administration and closure of contracts. 
  • Security (SNS) – Information Security is the process responsible for the governance of ENEC Information Security Management System ISMS which is required to ensure proper protection to ENEC Corporate information, information systems, and critical infrastructure which facilitate uninterrupted and secure operations within the 
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) - adopting a unified approach to meet business and customer requirements and satisfaction by delivering managed ICT services effectively and efficiently within agreed service levels, in compliance with relevant requirements while ensuring the privacy, integrity, reliability and appropriate use of information resources and applicable laws, standards and regulations.
  • Finance and Accounting (FNA)– Implementing financial planning, budgeting and monitoring budget variance, treasury, financial reporting, project accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payments, asset management, and insurance. 
  • Corporate Program Management (CPM) – ensuring corporate program and project reporting and scheduling, project management capability development, project management provisioning and support and enterprise risk management. 
  • Business Continuity - building a more resilient organization to ensure ENEC’s critical business functions will continue to operate in the event of disruption or disaster that is in compliance with framework requirements and applicable regulations and laws. 
  • External Affairs (EA) and External Stakeholder Management (ESM) – ensuring that ENEC stakeholders are provided with consistent, frequent, open and transparent communications regarding ENEC, its subsidiaries, and its activities as they pertain to the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program. 
  • Facilities Management (GS) - providing and maintaining office services, facilities management, site accommodation, catering, and travel and transportation services, which are necessary to support all ENEC processes. 
  • Internal Communications (COM) - communication with ENEC's staff such as delivering general announcements or spreading safety and security awareness. The process facilitates working with internal stakeholders and departments for internal announcements, events and campaigns.

Construction Oversight Policy

Statement

ENEC management is committed to undertake all applicable national and international obligations and ensure high level of safety, integrity, transparency and efficiency of all activities during the construction of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (Barakah NPP) in support of operational readiness.

The purpose of this policy is to establish the expectations for implementing activities related to the construction oversight and operational readiness of Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.

Implementation

Management of ENEC shall provide the leadership, demonstrate commitment and allocate sufficient resources for the programs and processes that implement this policy. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Construction Oversight (CON) - Oversight of construction activities associated with Barakah nuclear power plant (BNPP) and
  • Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) - Ensuring the technical adequacy of the design and safety related analyses supporting the
  • Commissioning (CO) of the BNPP process - including, but not limited to, review of commissioning test procedures, oversight of system and area turnovers and oversight of test
  • Program Management (PM) - Establishing, monitoring and controlling BNPP projects scope, schedule, costs, risks (opportunities and threats).
  • Quality Assurance (QA) processes - provide internal and external oversight necessary to ensure the program meets specified requirements with a strong focus on nuclear safety and
  • Security Process (SNS) - the protection of assets and security compliance for all facilities and information generated for Barakah
  • Nuclear Fuel Management (FCM) process establishes a diverse and secure fuel supply for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plants with a commitment to zero defect fuel and supports organizational readiness of nuclear waste
  • HSE and Sustainability (HSE) - covers the design, delivery and implementation role ensuring Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability for Barakah
  • Export Control and Safeguards (ECS) – this involves the export control compliance processes that will contribute to the global efforts to prevent nuclear The regulation of accountancy, assuring compliance and control of nuclear material, and Additional Protocol(s).
  • Capacity Building & Training (CST)- delivering Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) that applies to ENEC's BNPP and corporate training programs ,as applicable, and overseeing contractorprovided training to ensure compliance with applicable requirements.

Governance, Risk and Compliance Policy

Statement

ENEC implements integrated, systematic and proactive corporate governance in order to achieve ENEC’s goals with high level of performance while managing diverse risks and complying with highest standards of business ethics and applicable agreements, laws and regulations.

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure effective decision-making throughout the organization which is supported by the integrated approach of Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. This approach improves the quality of information necessary for performance, compliance, and associated risk management and makes it available to relevant stakeholders in a timely manner.

Implementation

Management of ENEC shall provide the leadership, demonstrate commitment and allocate sufficient resources for ENEC’s Integrated Management System, which is implementing this policy. The following processes that help in this policy implementation include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Governance Processes:

1. Program Governance (PG) - establishing and maintaining an integrated management system for governance of all activities, meeting applicable laws, and fulfilling FANR requirements that support the obtaining and maintaining of MS compliance is assured through different processes such as MS Program Review and MS Audits.

2. Internal Audit (IA) - Providing independent objective assurance and advisory activities to Senior Management and the Board of Directors through evaluating and recommending improvements related to risk management, internal control and governance In addition to support Anti-Fraud and Misconduct Investigations.

3. Legal (LGL)- Maintaining compliance process including requirements management, anti-fraud and the Code of General Business Principles and Legal manages the organization’s governance model while adhering to Excellence in Governance (EIG) principals. In addition, it maintains and ensures implementation of the Delegation of Authority process.

4. Management System and Quality Audits (PG) - to ensure the program meets the applicable QA also manages the Counterfeit, Fraudulent and Suspect Items (CFSI) program.

5. Program Management (PM) - Establishing, monitoring and controlling BNPP project(s) scope, schedule, and costs, risks (threats and opportunities).

6. Corporate program management (CPM) – Corporate program and project reporting and scheduling, project management capability development, project management provisioning and  support.

7. HSE and Sustainability (HSE) - The HSE and Sustainability has a design, delivery and implementation role ensuring Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability across The key focus of the HSE Management Systems, Sustainability, Implementation and oversight of HSE activities for ENEC while instilling a culture of safety.

8. Security (SNS)- Implementation and monitoring of compliance with national requirements and relevant international nuclear security requirements including information securit.

9. Strategic planning and performance management (SPM) - facilitating the long term strategic planning and the annual business planning necessary to meet strategic goals and objectives, and to assure alignment with UAE strategic This includes monitoring, reporting and improvement of performance (including strategic KPIs) against the established plans.

  • Risk Processes:

Enterprise Risk Management (CPM), risk identification, assessment, response planning and implementation and reporting.

  • Compliance Processes:

1. Licensing (LNP) - Development and management of the nuclear permits and licenses required to authorize the construction and operations of the Barakah Nuclear Power

2. Legal/Compliance (LGL) – Implementing a compliance framework ensuring compliance with the relevant national and international obligations and commitments, anti-fraud and misconduct program and the ENEC Code of Ethics.


 

Quality and Business Excellence Policy

Statement

ENEC is committed to establishing and implementing rigorous Quality Assurance (QA) program as an integral part of ENEC Management System to ensure safety and continual improvement in all stages of the Barakah nuclear power plant, aligned with the best industry practices, highest standards, regulations and license requirements.

ENEC is also committed to establishing and implementing Corporate Excellence program to facilitate promoting continual improvement and organizational excellence culture. The corporate excellence program is aligned to the corporate strategy, drives innovation and emphasizes knowledge management.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the ENEC activities that affect the quality of safety-related nuclear power plant structures, systems and components are performed in a manner that provides confidence in performance protecting the public, workers and environment at all times. This policy also sets commitment for planning, deploying, assessing, improving the corporate excellence program, and embedding knowledge management within ENEC culture.

Implementation

Management of ENEC shall provide the leadership, demonstrate commitment and allocate sufficient resources including suitable qualified experienced personnel (SQEP) for the implementation of this policy. The following processes that help in implementation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Program Governance (PG) process - ENEC is committed to establish, implement, assess and continually improve an Integrated Management System that is aligned with ENEC goals, contributes to its achievement, is compliant with applicable laws and regulations & standards, ensures safety is the overriding priority and instills safety across plant, processes, programs, procedures and Adherence to management system controlled documents is mandatory at all levels.
  • Quality Assurance process (QA) – ensuring that quality objectives and applicable requirements are identified, implemented, assessed and Requirements include UAE Federal Law Decree No 6 of 2009, FANR regulations and other applicable best national & international standards such as IAEA standards and ASME NQA-1. In addition, ENEC maintains formal training and qualification programs and assures suitable proficiency and competence for managing safety and quality related activities.
  • Business Excellence Process (BE) - adopting best practices at ENEC in order to achieve and sustain continual development of the organizational knowledge management framework and  superior levels of performance that meet or exceed the current and future needs and expectations of all stakeholders in line with European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model and Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance (ADAEP) model.
  • Management System and QA Auditing - carrying out audits, scoping, planning, preparing, conducting, reporting and post-audit activities including follow up and effectiveness reviews.

Safety, Security and Safeguards Policy

Statement

ENEC is committed to the highest standards of safety, security, and safeguards during nuclear power construction and operation. All ENEC employees are empowered to stop work if they believe the activities and/or work conditions are unsafe. This is in line with ENEC commitment to build and maintain strong culture of safety & security which includes continual improvement and transparency towards national and international stakeholders to protect people, society, and environment and future generations from harmful effects of radiation.

ENEC honors the culture and history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by attaining sustainable growth through corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporate Social Responsibility is the way ENEC manages its businesses to produce an overall positive impact on society through economic, environmental and social actions.

The purpose of this policy is to provide reasonable assurance that safety, security and safeguards interfaces and synergies are managed in efficient and effective manner to protect people, society, the environment and future generations from harm.

Implementation

Management of ENEC provides the leadership, demonstrates commitment and allocates sufficient resources for the implementation of this policy. This policy shall be communicated to all relevant stakeholders and be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate. The following processes that help in implementation include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability (HSE&S) - Management System provides a frame work for supporting a culture of safety, prevention of occupational injuries, illness and protection of environment; enhancement of employee health and wellbeing by systematic hazard identification and risk management process; ensuring applicable HSE legal compliance; setting, monitoring and reviewing HSE targets and objectives on a periodical basis; provision of appropriate HSE resources for attaining continual improvement.
  • Security Process - ensures the protection of the Civil Nuclear Energy Program (CNEP) assets and ensures security compliance for all facilities and information generated and controlled by ENEC with the applicable regulations and standards.
  • Safeguards process - establishes a common system for accounting and control of nuclear materials; this involves material accountancy, control, material accountability, containment, surveillance, and verification of records to the highest international standards.

 

Human Capital Policy

Statement

ENEC strives to achieve and maintain high-impact organization that focusses on continual improvement and implements best practices for developing human capital capabilities that fulfill ENEC strategic plan while complying with the relevant national laws and regulations. In addition, ENEC provides a positive work-life balance for its employees and promotes Emiratization in a cohesive cross-cultural workforce. ENEC is committed to investing in the Western Region community and economy to support its sustainable growth by creating long-term partnership and job opportunities.

Implementation

Management of ENEC shall provide the leadership, demonstrate commitment and allocate sufficient resources for the programs and processes that implement this policy. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Emiratization

  • ENEC is committed to create employment opportunities for UAE nationals and to ensure implementation of retention programs, and that ENEC is the employer of choice for those UAE nationals.
  • ENEC is committed to build UAE national capabilities and ensure implementation of continuous learning and professional development programs.

2. Talent Strategy and Business Alignment

  • ENEC aligns its Human Capital Strategy with its Corporate Strategy to ensure the entire corporation is acting in harmony in order to execute strategies for winning outcomes.

3. Workforce Planning

  • ENEC establishes and maintains manpower plan aligned with Human Capital Strategy to ensure assessing the impact of Human Resource trends on future business direction.

4. Organization design and Changes

  • ENEC manages organizational changes by conducting the required analytical studies and assessments with the objective of achieving a rational organization structure, while ensuring that all roles and responsibilities are defined to maintain compliance with relevant regulations and licenses conditions.

5. Capability and Competency Management

  • ENEC focuses on setting competency models and monitoring realistic and measurable standards of employee performance that support the timely and professional achievement of its strategic and operational objectives.
  • ENEC identifies employees’ required behaviors and skills necessary to create a mutual understanding of their strengths and development gaps.

6. Talent Acquisition

  • ENEC is committed to utilizing best-in-class talent acquisition practices and tools to attract, and select highly talented and suitably qualified individuals, who align with the corporate strategy, possess required competencies, and integrate smoothly and productively into the corporation and its culture.

7. Performance Management

  • ENEC believes that an effective employee performance management system is critical to ensuring that current requirements and future challenges are Therefore, ENEC is committed to providing a fair and clear process for developing individual objectives, providing regular performance feedback, ensuring employee accountability as well as reviewing and improving employee performance to achieve organizational excellence.

8. Career Management

  • ENEC establishes diverse Career Development Programs that provide employees with tailored career paths and skill development opportunities with special focus on facilitating an Emirati-led organization.
  • ENEC provides a range of career options and training opportunities for talented UAE Nationals to support and reward them through training and career development programs to optimize productivity and succeed in retaining its human capital talent.

9. Succession Management

  • ENEC aims to identify high-potential employees, and ensure systematic and long-term development of those high-potential employees to build new pools of successors who can be considered as replacements for key job incumbents in executive, management, technical, safety-critical and professional positions.

10. Leadership Development

  • ENEC is committed to develop the leadership competencies of its employees and to establish a strong leadership level that enables achieving strategic objectives.

11. Total Rewards Compensation and Recognition

  • ENEC is committed to reward its employees in a fair, transparent, and systematic manner for their knowledge, skills, behaviors and value-added contributions.
  • ENEC adopts reward practices that enable engaging, motivating and retaining the right people at all levels.

12. Learning and Capability Development

  • ENEC is committed to develop nuclear capability and nuclear talent in a cost effective, value creating and efficient manner.
  • ENEC is committed to providing suitable and effective tools to enable its employees to continually build and enhance the skills and capabilities that drive differentiation and success in all levels.

13. Talent Infrastructure

  • ENEC is committed to build a robust talent infrastructure by identifying, designing, executing, documenting, measuring,monitoring, and controlling both automated and non-automated business processes to achieve consistent, targeted results aligned with the corporation's strategic goals and integrated management system requirements.

14. Culture and Change Management

  • ENEC believes in a fair and equal gender opportunity that supports and encourages the professional development of female employees to realize their full potential in the nuclear industry.
  • ENEC supports its employees to achieve a better balance between work and life commitments by applying a variety of initiatives and solutions that results in creating a friendly, safe and healthy work environment.
  • ENEC engages its employees during major organizational changes and prepares leaders to manage resistance to change and achieve the optimal outcomes.

Nuclear Business Development Policy

Statement

ENEC is committed to contributing to the UAE economic diversification and growth both directly and indirectly in a planned, safe and efficient manner.

ENEC raises awareness, develops the capability, promotes the use of and directly utilize local industry in the domestic, regional and global nuclear power generation value chain as far as is safe, efficient and practicable. This includes, but is not limited to, areas of the fuel-chain, plant construction, waste management, decommissioning, infrastructure, support services, research and development while maintaining compliance with applicable laws, regulations and licenses.

Implementation

The Management of ENEC provides the leadership, demonstrates commitment and allocates sufficient resources for the implementation of this policy. The following processes that help in implementation include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Nuclear Fuel Management (FCM) process - establishes a diverse and secure fuel supply for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant with a commitment to zero defect fuel.
  2. Procurement and Supply Chain (PSC) process – provides procurement planning information to Industrial Development to support identification and development of local suppliers and partnerships between international suppliers and local ones.
  3. Business and Industrial Development (BD) process – raising awareness of supplier opportunities within the nuclear supply chain, identifies and develops the competency of local suppliers and promotes inward investment to the UAE.
  4. External Stakeholder Management (ESM) process - Assuring consistency with the UAE development and master plans by efficient coordination with the relevant stakeholders.
  5. Research & Development
    • Conducting educational research and establishing strategies to be implemented in ENEC in collaboration with the educational institutions (Colleges, universities and schools) in the UAE to support the industry and enrich the knowledge and awareness of the Nation.
    • Functioning as professional research and education subject matter experts, completing or overseeing a variety of assignments to assist nuclear research, school and colleges in conducting their research and assessment projects in the UAE.

 ENEC Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy

 Statement

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is committed to provide a safe and healthy workplace to its

employees, contractors, and visitors through the effective implementation and maintenance of the

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy, Management Systems and Programs.

ENEC adopts the belief that:

1. all incidents are preventable;

2. without diminishing management’s obligations, safety is everyone’s responsibility;

3. the behaviors of our Leaders influence health and safety compliance and performance;

4. employees have the authority to stop work if there is any question related to safety or health; and

5. we can all learn and improve.

ENEC will ensure that employees, contractors and visitors shall:

1. work in a safe and fit manner;

2. adopt safe work practices and comply with all OSH procedures, training, requirements and instructions;

and

3. promptly report OSH hazards, incidents, unsafe practices and conditions.

Implementation

Management of ENEC provides the leadership, demonstrates commitment and allocates appropriate

resources for the implementation of this policy. The processes that help in implementation include, but are

not limited to the following:

Health Safety & Environment (HSE) process ensures the provision of appropriate HSE resources,

compliance with relevant HSE legal requirements; protection and enhancement of employee health and

wellbeing and setting, monitoring, and reviewing HSE targets or objectives, and instilling a culture of safety.

ENEC HSE process shall:

1. ensure that safety is maintained as the primary value of our organization;

2. ensure that our Leadership takes responsibility for taking timely action to address OSH hazards and risks when identified and/or reported;

3. conduct our business in a manner that prevents harm, any occupational injury and illness to employees, contractors, visitors and the public who may be affected by our activities;

4. put dedicated efforts and programs towards enhancement of employee health and wellbeing;

5. systematically identify, eliminate and manage OSH risks and hazards related to ENEC’s operations/activities though the participation of employees and contractors;

6. comply with all applicable Federal UAE and Local Abu Dhabi OSH legal requirements/regulations and all other OSH requirements to which the organization subscribes;

7. continually strive to improve OSH performance by setting clear and measurable targets and objectives, monitoring, reviewing and regularly reporting performance at all levels of the business;

8. provide appropriate OSH resources, training and awareness to achieve a systematic approach to OSH management;

9. achieve continual OSH performance improvement through regular audits, assessments and management review;

10. promote a culture of safety through active employee participation;

11. periodically review this policy to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to ENEC’s vision and mission; and

12. communicate this policy to all ENEC employees, contractors, visitors and the public who are affected by ENEC’s operation/activities.