Our Collections Matter Toolkit

The OCM toolkit brings together an extensive collection of practical resources aimed at enabling collections-based organizations to make concrete contributions towards sustainable development

18 May 2021

Our Collections Matter (OCM) puts the spotlight on sustainable development in the cultural sector, recognising this as an important aspiration and responsibility among museums and other collections-based organizations globally. The ICCROM programme aligns with the goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda and embodies the same determination to make this decade one of concerted action and transformation, during which no one is left behind.

At its heart, OCM serves to reframe the activities of collection-based organizations in terms of their contribution to the UN’s overarching sustainable development goals and their respective targets, which deal with environmental, social, and economic imperatives. On a practical level, dedicated tools and training will be made available to support organizations in their efforts. 

The OCM toolkit is an ideal starting point for organizations seeking information, instruction or simply inspiration. Over time, the toolkit will evolve as new resources are identified and developed, and as ICCROM learns more about the needs of users and the opportunities within the heritage sector and beyond. ICCROM invites all museums and other collections-based organizations to join in this collective journey by contacting the OCM team.




International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization working in service to its Member States to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage, in every region of the world. It operates in the spirit of the 2001 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which states that “Respect for the diversity of cultures, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation, in a climate of mutual trust and understanding are among the best guarantees of international peace and security.”