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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: June 1, 2011

Your use of the FIRST for Sustainability site («Site») and the services provided in connection with the Site (the «Services») constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of these new terms. All capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein have the meanings set forth in the Terms of Use.

We at the International Finance Corporation («IFC») respect your concerns about privacy. The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group (the «WBG»). The WBG is comprised of IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development); IDA (International Development Association); MIGA (Multilateral Guarantee Agency); ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) and (as we’ve already told you) the IFC (International Finance Corporation). This Privacy Policy is designed to make you aware of what information we collect when you use our Site, how your information is used and the steps we take to safeguard your information.

This policy answers the following questions:

  • What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?
  • Will we share your personal information with third parties?
  • What choices do you have about the collection and use of your personal information?
  • What security measures do we take to safeguard your personal information?

This policy applies to the information the WBG collects about you as a result of your use of the Site and the Services. It does not apply to information about you collected through any related website or any third party website or offering linked to or otherwise accessible from the Site. Please consult the privacy policies applicable to those sites and offerings.

I. Information collection and use

In connection with the use of the Site and the Services, we collect certain non-personal information from you. We use this information to fulfill your requests; improve and manage the Site and the Services; and personalize your experience on the Site. We collect personal and non-personal information when you voluntarily provide it to us (for example, in the course of registration) and when you visit the Site. The information we collect from you depends on your use of the Site.

  • Through the course of your interactions with the Site, we may collect non-personal information such as browser type, IP address and pages visited or information about the Services you use, the searches you perform, the results of those searches, and other information related to your use of a particular Site or Service. We also may use cookies, beacons and other technologies to better manage our Site and offer you a more personalized experience with the Site.

II. Information disclosure to third parties

We know how important it is to keep the personal information you’ve provided to us confidential. We will not rent, sell or share personal information about you with third parties except under certain circumstances as described herein. In all other cases, we will ask for your permission before we disclose your personal information.

Affiliates and Partners: We may share the information you provide with companies and websites affiliated with the WBG in connection with the FIRST for Sustainability initiative.

Disclosure for legal reasons: We may release personal information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to homeland security, a threat to our system or network, or cases in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

Agents and contractors: Contractors sometimes have access to your personal information in the course of assisting in operating our business and providing products or services to you. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our site.

Aggregated, non-personal information: We may share aggregated information with third parties. This is information that is combined with the non-personal information of other users and does not allow you to be identified or contacted. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated information. We also may not limit the third parties’ use of the aggregated information.

Changes in our corporate structure: If all or part of our company is separated from WBG, merged with or otherwise transferred to another entity, the personal information you have provided at the Site may be transferred as part of that transaction.

III. Choice and control over your personal information

You may always decline to provide personal information to us and/or refuse cookies in your browser, although some features or services may not be accessible or function properly as a result.

IV. Communications

Email communications: Email communication that you send to us via the email links on the Site may be shared with company representatives, partners, sponsors, or employees. From time to time, we may send you service-related emails, such as a welcome email when you register with the Site.

V. Efforts we take to safeguard your personal information

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards for the Site to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the information you provided on this site. We may change and update these safeguards from time to time.

VI. Links to Other Sites

We may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information, including, without limitation country-specific sites. These sites operate independently and may have their own privacy policies in place, which we suggest you review if you visit any linked site. To the extent you visit any linked sites, we are not responsible for their content, their protection of your privacy or any use of such sites.

VII. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of Privacy Policy changes). Each version of this Policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy or its implementation, you may contact us using the contact information on the About Us page.

VIII. Preservation of Immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the IFC or any other member of the World Bank Group, which are specifically reserved.

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