Data Privacy Policy
1 Scope and Acceptance
This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) is applicable to personal data collected by Global Diversity Certification Foundation/GDCF Service AB. and its subsidiaries (referred to as “we”, “us”, “our”). This Policy reflects our commitment to safeguard personal data (being information that is capable of identifying an individual) we obtain from you.
By visiting this website you consent to the use of your personal data as set out in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy then do not use this site.

2 Collection of personal data
Personal data is collected in various ways. For example, we may ask for your personal data when you contact our customer service department, file a warranty claim, participate in an online survey or when you visit us at a tradeshow.
Furthermore personal data may be collected electronically when you visit our website (see article 6 and further).
In accordance with EU legislation, we provide you with the opportunity to “opt-in” to receive emails from us at the time we ask you for information.

3 Purpose of collecting personal data
We may collect, store and use your personal data to:
fulfill our obligations under any sale and purchase agreement or any other agreement between you and us
provide customer care services, such as warranty services or facilitate your requests for information
ask your opinion on our products and conduct surveys and improve our products
provide you with information on new products or promotional offers
We will not sell personal data to third parties. In addition, we may share personal data with third parties who assist us in providing products and services to you and service providers who provide services such as debt collection, marketing and advertising. They are always required to keep the disclosed personal data confidential and use it only for the purpose of disclosure.

4 Retention
We generally hold personal data until you inform us you no longer want your personal data being processed by us or until the expiry of any period required by applicable law. In addition, we shall not retain personal data longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected.

5 Right to access, amend or delete your personal data
We strive to keep your personal data accurate. You have the right to rectify or delete inaccuracies in your personal data. If your personal data changes after you have given it to us, you are required to inform us accordingly. You may also object to your personal data being processed. Please contact us if this is the case. For privacy protection reasons, we can ask you to provide some form of personal identification.

6 Website and Cookies statement

6.1 What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other mobile or handheld device (such as smart ‘phones or ‘tablets’) as you browse this website. They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or device accesses this website. Cookies can do many useful jobs including letting you navigate between pages efficiently and remembering your preferences. We use the information collected using cookies for statistical analysis, to improve content and usage of the website and to ensure the effective operation of our website.
6.2 What cookies do we use and why do we use them?
We use cookies such as “Google Analytics” to collect information about how visitors use our site (e.g. how many times they visit, how often they visit and which pages they view). We then use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the organization and design of the site. We do not, however, use cookies to collect or record information on users’ name, address or other contact details or which can otherwise identify an individual.
6.3 How can you disable cookies?
If you want to disable cookies you can do this by changing your website browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on the browser you use. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings and will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. See help info in the web browser you are using.

6.4 What happens if cookies are disabled?
If you disable cookies some or all of the features of our website may not function properly or at all.
6.5 Web beacons
Some of our websites and email updates may contain electronic images called web beacons. These allow us to count visitors who have viewed our pages. In promotional email messages/newsletters they allow us to count how many subscribers have read them. Web beacons allow us to develop statistical information about the activities and features that most interest our consumers for the purpose of providing more personalized content. They are not used to access personally identifiable information without your consent.a

6.6 Links to other websites
To make this website as service-oriented as possible, we have included links to other websites on the Internet. These sites are owned and operated by other third parties and we make no warranties of any kind and are not responsible for the availability or content of such websites. A link from our website is not an indication that we endorse such third party or its website or take any responsibility for its content.
Information provided to us
All opinions, information, comments, materials and the like that are sent to us through or otherwise related to this website outside specific assignments shall be considered to be confidential, and our property. By sending such information to us you transfer ownership free of charge of such material and grant us free permission to use such information in any way we wish even for commercial purposes.

6.7 Information that is automatically logged
When you enter our website, we automatically log your internet protocol (“IP”) address to monitor problems with our server and to administer our website.
7 Changes
Even though we do not intend to change this Policy often, we might change it from time to time. We will post any amended statement on this website, so that you may be aware of the information we collect and how we use it at all times. Your continued use of this our website following any changes to this privacy policy constitutes your acceptance of such changes.
8 Contact
For any questions or queries please contact:
GDCF Service AB.
Email: info@gdcfoundation.org

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Brussels, 15 April 2014 European Commission

8th June 20158th June 2015
eu-9761Statement Improving corporate governance: Europes largest companies will have to be more transparent about how they operate The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups. Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on boards of directors.   Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "I am pleased that the European Parliament has adopted this Directive modernising the disclosure of relevant and useful non-financial information by large companies and groups. Companies, investors and society at large will benefit from this increased transparency. Companies that already publish information on their financial and non-financial performances take a longer term perspective in their decision-making. They often have lower financing costs, attract and retain talented employees, and ultimately are more successful. This is important for Europes competitiveness and the creation of more jobs. Best practices should become the norm. I want to thank the European Parliament, particularly the rapporteur, Raffaele Baldassarre, and the shadow-rapporteurs, for their work on this file." The new rules will only apply to large companies with more than 500 employees, as the costs for requiring small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to apply them could outweigh the benefits. In particular, large public-interest entities with more than 500 employees will be required to disclose certain non-financial information in their management reports. The scope includes approx. 6 000 large companies and groups across the EU. The approach taken ensures that administrative burden is kept to a minimum. Companies will be required to disclose concise, useful information necessary for an understanding of their development, performance, position and impact of their activity, rather than a fully-fledged and detailed report. Furthermore, disclosures may be provided at group level, rather than by each individual affiliate within a group. The Directive gives companies significant flexibility to disclose relevant information in the way that they consider most useful, or in a separate report. Companies may use international, European or national guidelines which they consider appropriate (for instance, the UN Global Compact, ISO 26000, or the German Sustainability Code). The Directive provides for further work by the Commission to develop guidelines in order to facilitate the disclosure of non-financial information by companies, taking into account current best practice, international developments and related EU initiatives. As regards diversity on company boards, large listed companies will be required to provide information on their diversity policy, such as, for instance: age, gender, educational and professional background. Disclosures will set out the objectives of the policy, how it has been implemented, and the results. Companies which do not have a diversity policy will have to explain why not. This approach is in line with the general EU corporate governance framework. This Directive also represents a first step towards the implementation of the European Council conclusions of 22 May 2013 on the need for further transparency on tax matters and for ensuring country-by-country reporting by large companies and groups. The Commission supports this objective and will endeavour to deliver effectively on the review clause included in this legislation. Next steps In order to become law, the Commission's proposal needs to be adopted jointly by the European Parliament and by the EU Member States in the Council (which votes by qualified majority). Following today's adoption by the European Parliament, the Council is expected to formally adopt the proposal in the coming weeks. Background On 16 April 2013, the Commission adopted a proposal to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters (IP/13/330). The European Parliament and the Council reached agreement on 26 February 2014. This measure is part of the Commissions efforts to improve corporate governance in Europe and was announced by the Commission in the Single Market Act communication in April 2011 (IP/11/469), in the communication "A renewed strategy 2011?2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility" issued in October 2011 (IP/11/1238), and in the Action Plan for Company Law and Corporate Governance, adopted in December 2012 (IP/12/1340). On 6 February 2013, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions (Corporate Social Responsibility: accountable, transparent and responsible business behaviour and sustainable growth and Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting societys interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery), acknowledging the importance of company transparency on environmental and social matters. See also MEMO/14/301. More information: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/accounting/non-financial_reporting/index_en.htm

Global Diversity Certification Foundation signs a cooperation agreement with RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen Norway.

7th June 20157th June 2015
rsm3-10383 RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen will be one of GDCF accredited auditors for the certification process in Norway. Global Diversity Certification Foundation signs a cooperation agreement with RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen Norway. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen will be one of GDCF accredited auditors for the certification process in Norway RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen is a provider of auditing, financial and tax consultancy services in Norway. With 90 employees, RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen are now the 7. largest audit firm in Norway, and the 6. largest in the Oslo area. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen has more than 60 years of experience in the Norwegian market. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen have strong international links through RSM International, a worldwide network of independent auditing and consultancy firms. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen place an emphasis on efficient and personal service combined with high levels of expertise. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org

On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway.

7th June 2015
human-eff-10658On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway. Human EFF The Diversity experts of Human Effect AS will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consultings process. On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway. The Diversity experts of Human Effect AS will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consulting process in Norway. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org

On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH.

7th June 2015
man-11118The Diversity experts of Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consulting?s process. Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH is the leading business consultancy focusing on Diversity Management in Austria and a Pioneer in the fields of Diversity & Inclusion in Austria. Factor-D is initiators of the Charter of Diversity and its representative in the EU-level exchange platform. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org