• Introduction

    • GCC’s Sustainable Shipping Campaign aims to accelerate the art sector’s transition to environmentally responsible freight operations and will achieve this by:

    a) Raising awareness about the sector’s environmental impacts relating to global freight, particularly its dependency on air freight and consumption of single-use plastic packaging.

    b) Providing guidance on best practice and target setting.

    c) Encouraging galleries, institutions, collectors and artists to request low impact freight services whilst encouraging shippers and suppliers to provide and promote necessary services.

    • This is an international, cross-sector campaign calling on all stakeholders and operators in the supply chain to take responsibility and make effective changes. Alignment and cooperation is essential for progress.
    • There are four Sector-wide Campaign Targets, as well as specific Campaign Actions for Galleries, Institutions, Art Fairs, Artists, Auction Houses, Collectors, Art Insurers and Shippers.
    • GCC will be collaborating with leading arts organisations and key industry suppliers to set standards, help deliver new products and services, as well as producing case studies demonstrating best practice in action.
    • GCC will develop new resources and materials to accompany the campaign and assist the transition.
    • GCC has worked with representatives of Lloyds Market Association Joint Specie Committee to provide approved guidelines on best practice for sea shipments.








    The Sustainable Shipping Campaign has been developed collaboratively with:

    • GCC Volunteer Registrars Group
    • GCC Volunteer Shipping Committee
    • GCC Shipping Industry Working Group
    • Adam Prideaux, Hallets Independent
    • Chris Bentley, AXA XL
    • Lloyds Market Association Joint Specie Committee
    • Danny Chivers, environmental advisor
    • Kim Kraczon, sustainable packaging expert
    • & the GCC team

    GCC would like to thank everyone who have contributed their time and expertise to this project.

    With special thanks to GCC volunteers:

    • Hannah Wright, Thomas Dane Gallery
    • Nicholas Stavri, Cristea Roberts Gallery
    • Ed Howat, Lisson Gallery