entrada del mnac museo barcelonaThe National Museum of Art of Catalonia, in Barcelona’s Montjuïc Park, is much more than a space dedicated to art. It is a museum committed to the values of social responsibility, which is an integral aspect of its operation. In fact, it is the first museum to achieve certification of good practices (IQNet SR10, Social Responsibility Management System).

“Opening the museum every morning means renewing our commitment to our visitors, users and suppliers based on an ethical code that we freely subscribe to. Our purchasing policy and relations with suppliers, universal access, meaning the right of all people to experience culture, tolerance, solidarity and empathy are all values that clearly show how diversity is included in the new discourse of the museum”, its managers explained..

Commitment to the environment

Another of the commitments that define the essence of the philosophy of social responsibility is the environmental policy: the National Museum is responsible for conserving our heritage and is committed to work for a better society through its environmental management system.

In this sense, the energy saving programmes, for reducing the use of toner, CO2 emissions or for separating waste “are producing good results, strictly in terms of savings and as a way of changing consumer habits and recycling among users and workers”, the museum has said.

Energy savings

The measures adopted by the museum have produced benefits in the form of energy savings, “although we need to continue to achieve the biannual targets set in 2015”, they say.

Savings compared with 2015:

11% water

9% gas

8% electricity

42% separated waste

Another good example of social responsibility would be the criteria for “responsible purchasing”. In other words, aspects such as proximity, sustainability and environmental measures, accessibility, workforces with employees with different abilities or at risk of exclusion and of course using criteria of equality and non-discrimination.

According to the managers of MNAC, “the basic essence of social responsibility is dialogue and shared participation in the development of the fundamental values of change and social inclusion that the museum is applying”.