MAST's Ethics Statement
This statement guides MAST in making decisions regarding, and managing risks concerning, donations, partnerships and collaborations. It aims to ensure that decisions are made consistently and in the best interests of the charity.
MAST is committed to enhancing the understanding of our rich maritime heritage, to protecting our underwater heritage sites through archaeology, research and study, and is active in heritage policy, education and public outreach. It is involved in the discovery, recording and recoveryof maritime heritage, the conservation of retrieved artefacts, and monitoring, surveying and reporting in order to protect underwater cultural heritage. It acknowledges that underwater cultural heritage sites may represent grave sites. It respects the natural environment in which the underwater cultural heritage may be located.
MAST is committed to carrying out its activities within an ethical framework. That includes having an objective standard to ensure potential support offered to MAST accords with its objectives. Donations, partnerships and collaborations will be refused when it would be unlawful to accept such support or accepting them will be detrimental to the achievement of MAST's objectives.
The types of specific behaviours and activities engaged in by a potential donor, partner or collaborator that would be directly contrary to MAST's objectives and would cause concern, include:
- Breaching environmental and marine licencing legislation;
- Conduct of deep-sea mining;
- Commercial exploitation of cultural heritage;
- Commission of wildlife offences;
- Direct extraction of fossil fuels;
- Negatively impacting upon biodiversity;
- Persistent pollution;
- Predatory lending;
- Sale of armaments; and
- Sale or promotion of addictive opiates.
MAST invests in Cazenove’s Charity Responsible Multi Asset Fund. The Fund is designed for charities who want to align their investments with their charitable mission and invest for a better future. The intention is for the Fund to have a positive impact on people and the planet by avoiding harm through environmental, social and governance factors (ESG), encouraging integration, benefiting stakeholders through responsible business activities and contributing to sustainable solutions through influence and investing for impact.
Partnerships and Collaboration
MAST wishes to be aligned with companies who promote environmental, social and governance activities as best practice. We encourage partners who are signatories to UN Global Compact or who apply the same aims and objectives.
The content below enables an assessment of the suitability of a prospective partner and collaborator to be made, from a sustainability and ESG perspective: