(2) Action Plans, Guidelines and Protocols
Almost everything can be reinvented, and looking at successful guidelines and examples will give you the confidence to take the pledge and make the necessary changes in your institution.
Moved to Action: Activating UNDRIP in Canadian Museums: In 2015, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) was named in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #67, to deliver a report and recommendations as part of a national review of museum policies and their relationship with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Ethical Fundraising Strategy by GCC: All funding that GCC receives will be used to continue this work without compromising its values. GCC recognises that in order to protect its reputation and maintain its independence, it needs to evaluate and assess all sources of income and support. This document gives an overview of GCC's fundraising strategy and its policies relating to ethical financial support.
ACMI Museum of Screen Image Disability & Inclusion Action Plan 2023–2025: This plan outlines the ambitious but vital steps the museum is taking on its journey to becoming a much more widely accessible museum. Importantly, these actions have been developed in consultation with Deaf and disabled artists and advocates, including their colleagues at Arts Access Victoria, and they build on the achievements of their previous 2019-2022 Disability & Inclusion Action Plan.
Guidance and inspiration for the ecological transition of culture: museums now have a leading strategic document designed by the French Ministry of Culture: “ The value of this guide, says Karine Duquesnoy, senior civil servant for ecological transition and sustainable development at the Ministry of Culture, is to deal with different issues in a transversal way, with increased attention, as regards museums, on the eco-design of exhibitions, public mobility, energy sobriety, and training." The guide has many quantified objectives, including the fact that “ each cultural structure has a carbon balance sheet or benchmark by 2025 ".
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art - Sustainability Strategy towards 2025: With a targeted, ambitious and knowledge-based effort, Louisiana will ensure that sustainability becomes an integral part of all activities at the museum. This is crucial for the continued organic and dynamic development of the museum both as an international landmark and as an exceptional venue for art, culture, nature and people.
Van Gogh Museum Sustainability targets for 2030: In 2023, the Van Gogh Museum was awarded a new BREEAM-NL In-Use sustainability certificate. The museum achieved a ‘Very Good’ rating for the building and its management, and an ‘Excellent’ rating for its use. In addition to the sustainability targets for its buildings, the Van Gogh Museum has also set targets for mental well-being and the environment. The museum also adheres to the Sustainable Development Goals determined by the United Nations for 2030.
Bizot Green Protocol refreshed 2023: The refreshed 2023 version of the Bizot Green Protocol is a science-based guiding principles, climate control guidelines, and a set of handbooks to accompany the protocol, offering scientific evidence, museum testimonials, and practical tools to facilitate its seamless adoption and implementation.
Arts Council England's Environmental Responsibility (ER) Action Plan: Arts Council England operates within spheres of control and influence that significantly impact its carbon footprint. Recognizing that a substantial part of its carbon footprint is associated with the organizations and individuals it funds, they have taken comprehensive measures to address this through its Environmental Programme. Arts Council England's ER action plan focuses primarily on its operations and offices, where they have greater flexibility to make changes. They are actively working in areas such as travel and training to reduce their carbon footprint. Recognizing the challenges posed by government frameworks and statutory services, they strive to influence change through conversation, knowledge sharing and leadership. Recognizing the carbon footprint associated with the Arts Council Collection, they are taking steps to address this. The Collection's storage facility, managed by Hayward Gallery, Southbank, will move to a unique re-used building in Coventry, designed and managed to high environmental standards.
Guggenheim Sustainability Plan: The Guggenheim is committed to building a more sustainable future. Cultural institutions are uniquely positioned to influence change in people, our communities, and the world. While we recognize the impact of art museums on the environment—our very existence depends on the movement of objects and people—we must remain adaptable and accountable as we endeavor to develop solutions and understand our place in creating a greener path forward.
National Gallery Singapore Sustainability Plan: As a progressive art museum, National Gallery Singapore is dedicated to fostering sustainability through practices that prioritize environmental respect, positive social impact, and financial responsibility. The Gallery is committed to being future-ready by developing its people, articulating its social impact, and adopting new sustainable practices that contribute positively to the wider arts community.
V&A Sustainability Plan 2021–24: Sustainability is crucial to the delivery of the V&A’s mission and is already woven into much of what we do. It is at the heart of our role to think about what and how we make and consume, and the efect of this on society and the natural environment.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sustainability Policy: The purpose of this Sustainability Policy is to further our commitment to environmental sustainability and ambitions to improve our environmental performance. This Policy is supported by our Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Policy further demonstrates our commitment to First Peoples whose livelihoods and cultural continuity is dependent on access to healthy waterways, land and other natural resources. First Peoples language, material culture and oral histories are intrinsically linked to land, waterways and the natural environment and are dependent on the health of these environments for their survival.
TATE: Tate’s virtual first courier policy both for loans from collection and loans to exhibitions. This document is intended to offer guidance for ways of working to facilitate a virtual process for overseeing the movement of an artwork on loan to Tate or lent from Tate’s Collection. The detail given here provides an overview and offers ways of working that are intended to be readily adaptable rather than offering instruction.
M+: Sustainability is a key pillar of M+. Our Impact Framework says: “We are committed to social and cultural wellbeing, and environmental and financial sustainability. We will continue to nurture our social and corporate responsibility while accelerating our response to climate change.” Now is the time for M+ to articulate a cohesive sustainability approach.
Australian Museum: The implementation of the Australian Museum’s Sustainability Action Plan has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and together with three strategic carbon offset programs the AM is proudly carbon neutral.