In-Situ believes in the importance of working with an ethical conscience and this policy sets out the ethical principles of the organisation.

Scope and Responsibilities

This policy applies to employees, contractors, In-Support members, volunteers and our service users. 

The Company Secretary is responsible for inducting staff, contractors and volunteers on this policy, providing advice and guidance on ethical issues, and to ensure that this policy document is kept up to date and reviewed annually in partnership with the In-Support group.  



In-Situ-In-Place aims to promote good practice in:

  • Human ethics where individuals are valued for their contribution

  • Environmental ethics where the environment is treated with respect

  • Ethical arts practice in the way the organisation conducts business

  • Ethical arts engagement in how the organisation engages the public.


Human Ethics

In-Situ-In-Place’s guiding principles in this area are to:

  • Treat all people with respect and consideration

  • Respect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and dissent

  • Encourage and support mutual understanding and cooperation

  • Promote an environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health and spiritual well-being

  • Adopt working methods that safeguard human rights and community well-being

  • Promote meaningful participation from all interested parties, encouraging active participation as full and equal partners, decision makers and beneficiaries

  • Honor and support young people; enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies for the future.


Environmental Ethics

In-Situ-In-Place’s guiding principles in this area are to:

  • Protect the integrity of ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life

  • Treat all life forms with respect and consideration, recognising that every form of life has value

  • Safeguard, wherever possible, viable nature and biosphere areas, including wild brownfield land

  • Leave no nonbiodegradable litter in the landscape

  • Actively seek ways to reduce our ecological impact in terms of energy and materials usage – reduce, reuse and recycle materials and resources

  • Manage the use of renewable resources, such as water, soil and forest products, in ways that protect the health of ecosystems.


We will not work with any organisation that contributes to, or supports in any way:

  • Global climate change through extraction, production or distribution of fossil fuels

  • The manufacture of chemicals which are persistent in the environment and linked to ecological or health concerns

  • The unsustainable harvest of natural resources, including timber

  • Testing on animals.


Ethical Arts Practice

In-Situ-In-Place’s guiding principles in this area are to:

  • Operate with honesty and integrity in all our work

  • Be open and transparent in our decision making

  • Ensure that community expectations are not falsely raised

  • Provide timely information on all matters, activities and development plans that our local community are likely to have an interest in, or that will affect them

  • Ensure our work and processes with be non-didactic

  • Not undertake work that may harm people or the environment; any work create for the landscape will be produced in accordance with our environmental ethics

  • Use collaborative problem solving to manage and resolve environmental or social conflicts and other disputes.


Ethical Arts Engagement

In any given project there will be participants, and people engaged through project processes. 

A participant is an individual, or a collective, or an organisation, actively involved in the process of creating ‘artwork’ or generating outcomes connected to the processes undertaken. (In-situ’s Paul, William, and Kerry are considered as participants.)

A participant is different from someone who is engaged through the process of the project. People who are engaged are not involved in the pro-active processes of creating and delivering work.  Once pro-actively involved, they become a participant.

Below are the ethical guiding principles for engaging both.


Participant Ethics

  • They will not be coerced to participate 

  • Their participation will always be voluntary and they may withdraw at any time

  • They should understand that their views and opinions could be used as anecdotal information

  • They will be acknowledged as co-creators; unless they wish to be anonymous

  • If they choose to be anonymous, anonymity will be respected and guaranteed

  • They will be asked to give consent for any drawings or photographs of them to be used in representing and promoting the project

  • Any views and opinions gathered will be held on password secure computers and will not be available outside of the project - unless they become an integral part of the ‘artwork’. (The ‘artwork’ will be created by the participants, and those participants will agree to the content of the ‘artwork’)

  • They should understand that the project process and ‘artwork’ may be published on the In-Situ-In-Place website and blog

  • They should understand that the project process, ‘artwork’, and outcomes could be exhibited to a second audience.


Ethics For Those Persons Who Are Engaged

  • They should willingly engage and not be coerced in any way

  • When engaged they should understand that their views and opinions could be used as anonymous anecdotal information

  • Any personal information divulged during any conversation will be treated as strictly confidential, and will not be repeated, recorded, or used in any way

  • Anonymity will be guaranteed, unless they choose otherwise, and give written consent to their name being used in association with the project

  • Photographs, or drawings, where an individual is recognisable, will not be used in either the production or promotion of any project unless the individual gives consent.

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