We recognize that your privacy is very important and take it seriously. This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures implemented by the Global Impact Investing Network, Inc. (“GIIN” or “the GIIN”) and IMP+ACT Classification System (a project managed by GIIN), as a data controller, on the collection, use and disclosure of your information when you use the Site (as defined below).  This Privacy Policy governs www.thegiin.org and all pages within www.thegiin.org owned or operated by the GIIN, including but not limited to iris.thegiin.org, jobs.thegiin.org, or https://www.impactalliance.co.uk/ that are accessible with or without a username and password, including but not limited to text, content, photographs, video, audio, graphics and services (collectively, this “Site”). Please read this Privacy Policy carefully before you start to use the Site.

We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given to them in our Terms of Use.

What Personal Information do we collect?

You can visit and enjoy our Site without disclosing any Personal Information about yourself. However, for the Services to work properly we will need you to share with us certain Personal Information about yourself. 

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Personal Information” means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could be reasonably linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer, device, or household.  It does not include de-identified or aggregate information, or public information lawfully available from governmental records.

  1. User-Provided Information.

    1. We may make the name, website, geographic location, and description of your organization, the amount and purpose of your investment, investment impact objectives, the sectors and geographic location of interest to you and any other information you provide about your organization and investments available to and searchable by the public on the Site, and this information may be downloaded or exported by the public from the Site.
    2. The Site may contain message boards, chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards, and other interactive features that allow you to post, submit, publish, display or transmit other users' content or materials on or through the Website. Such information may be available to and searchable by the public on the Site.
    3. You may be asked to create a username and password, along with providing other registration information (collectively "Registration Data") as part of the registration process. You are responsible for the accuracy and currency of your Registration Data.
    4. You may be asked to provide us with Personal Information if you register for a member account with the Site, or for inclusion in a member profile or membership directory, such as the name and email address of a primary contact person. If you provide the Site with that Personal Information, such Personal Information will be available and searchable as part of a member profile for inclusion in a membership directory accessible only by other paying members registered with the Site.
    5. If you agree to contribute data for agreed permitted uses, we may ask you for your name and contact details, and may ask for further information about you as may be relevant to the particular use for which you are contributing your data.
    6. We may ask you for feedback about the GIIN or to complete surveys.
    7. If you register for events, newsletters, or publications on the Site or otherwise, we may ask you for Personal Information, including your name (first and last name) and other contact details.
    8. You may be asked to provide us with other Personal Information, such as your address or the address of a contact person, your fax number, and your credit card information.
  2. Records of Correspondence.

    The GIIN may collect records and copies of your correspondence with us (including email addresses) if you contact us.

  3. Cookies.

    When you visit the Site, we may send one or more “cookies” - small data files - to your computer to uniquely identify your browser and let the GIIN help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Site. A persistent cookie remains on your computer after you close your browser so that it can be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser.

    You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. In this respect, the following links provide instructions in order to manage your cookies preferences:

    However, some features of the Site may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

    We will retain cookies for thirteen (13) months from the collection of your consent.

  4. Log files

    Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access a web page. When you use the Site, our servers may automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring/exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

  5. Clear GIFs Information.

    When you use the Site, we may employ clear GIFs (also known as web beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our users anonymously. No Personal Information is collected using these clear GIFs. In addition, we may also use clear GIFs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients. The information is used to enable more accurate reporting and make the Site better for our users.

How do we use Personal Information?

  1. We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any Personal Information, in the following ways:

    1. to enable us to achieve our legitimate objectives of offering you a better experience on our Site (by presenting the Site and its contents in a suitable and effective manner for you and for your computer) and having an ongoing relationship with you (by notifying you about any changes to the Site);
    2. to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us (that you may opt out of via instruction in email messages). If you do not want to receive such marketing emails, you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at info@thegiin.org;
    3. to manage your user account;
    4. to pursue legitimate interests, such as research and development, processing for statistical purposes, and performing activities caried out in the public interest. We may use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and for the development of the Site and the services and products we provide.
    5. we may use data, including public feedback, to conduct user analytics and for the development of the Site and the services and products we provide to you;
    6. if you agree to contribute data, for example when taking part in supplementary research, we will use your Personal Information for the purpose of that research project or program (full details of how your Personal Information will be used will be given to you at the time you agree to participate via our Terms of Contribution).
    7. for other everyday business purposes such as financial account management, product development, contract management, IT and website administration and security, fulfillment, analytics, fraud prevention, corporate governance, and reporting and legal compliance;
    8. to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us (which may involve notably the creation of your member profile for inclusion in our member directory), otherwise the contract may not be executed;
    9. to process your application to a position at the GIIN in accordance with your consent. As already stated above, you are informed that you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at info@thegiin.org; and,
    10. to enable us to fulfill our legal obligations to which the GIIN is subject and enforcing legal terms, including:
      1. fulfilling our legal obligations under applicable law, regulation, court order or other legal process, such as preventing, detecting, and investigating security incidents and potentially illegal or prohibited activities;
      2. protecting your, our, and others’ rights, property, and safety;
      3. confirming your identity;
      4. enforcing any agreements with you; and
      5. resolving disputes.

How do we share your Personal Information?

  1. We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any Personal Information, in the following ways:

    1. We will only disclose Personal Information we collect from you to third parties without your permission to the extent necessary to: (A) to comply with the law or in response to a subpoena, court order, government request, or other legal process; (B) to protect the interests, rights, safety, or property of the GIIN or others; (C) to enforce any terms of service on the Site; (D) to provide you with the services or products requested by you and to perform other activities related to such services and products, including billing and collection; (E) in connection with a merger, acquisition, or liquidation of the GIIN, or (F) to operate the GIIN’s systems properly.
    2. We may store Personal Information in locations outside the direct control of the GIIN (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers). We may also transfer or assign such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, or dissolution.
    3. We may share or disclose your Personal Information with your consent, such as if you choose to sign on to the Site through a third-party service.
    4. The GIIN may disclose your Personal Information to address fraud, illegal activity, claims and other liabilities, and security or technical issues.
    5. We may share aggregated demographic information with third parties, but this information is not linked to any Personal Information that can identify you with another individual person.
    6. We will not sell, lease, or share your Personal Information with or to anyone else, except as provided in this Privacy Policy.
  2. To balance our interests and yours, we have taken steps to ensure that any third parties maintain appropriate technical and organizational measures to keep your personal information secure.

  3. As time passes, the GIIN may be acquired along with its assets, or other transactions may occur in which Personal Information is one of the business assets transferred. In such case, the customer information which we have gathered may be one of the business assets we transfer.

Retention of your personal information

  1. The GIIN shall retain your Personal Information for no longer than is necessary for the purposes identified under this Privacy Policy.

    The GIIN will keep your Personal Information for the duration of our contractual relationship extended by five (5) years.

    If we do not have any contractual relationship, the GIIN will keep your Personal Information for three (3) years after your last correspondence with us.

    On the expiry of the applicable data retention period, the GIIN undertakes to erase or irrevocably anonymize the relevant Personal Information.

Your rights

  1. You can review, update, or remove the Personal Information you included in your member profile by logging into the Site, visiting your member profile page, and making changes. You may also request access to, correct or delete any Personal Information that you have provided to us or opt out of providing a member profile. In addition, you have the rights to:

    • restriction of processing;
    • data portability;
    • object to the processing on grounds relating to your particular situation; and,
    • lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

    To exercise any of your rights, please contact us by email to the address info@thegiin.org. Such requests will be honored within 1 month.

Protection of Your Information

  1. In order to protect your Personal Information, the GIIN has put in place what the GIIN believes to be reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your personal data. However, no assurances can be given that these security measures will prevent any unauthorized interception of or access to your Personal Information and, to the extent the GIIN has complied with its data security obligations under the applicable legal requirements, and in particular the European Regulation no. 2016/679 dated 27 April 2016, you hereby agree not to hold the GIIN liable for use of your Personal Information obtained in any unauthorized manner.

Privacy of Children

  1. The GIIN does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of sixteen (16) or knowingly allow such persons to register with the Site. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Information from a child under the age of sixteen (16) without verified parental consent, we will delete that Personal Information from the Site.


  1. Our Site contains links to other websites and/or products operated by unrelated third parties. In addition, if you click on an advertisement on our Site, you may be directed to a web page within our Site or to a third-party website or product. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of third-party websites or products. We encourage you to be aware of this when your leave our Site and to read the privacy policies of every website and product that collects personally identifiable information from you. This Privacy Policy applies only to this Site, unless you are notified otherwise upon accessing any third-party website or product, in which case the terms and conditions set forth in such notification will apply.

Changes to Privacy Policy

  1. The GIIN reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time at its sole discretion by posting revisions on the Site. Such revisions will be effective immediately upon posting them to the Site and we will notify you in this respect.

    1. If you have any questions or concerns about our practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact info@thegiin.org, or send mail to:
      Global Impact Investing Network
      Attn: Privacy
      One Battery Park Plaza, Suite 202
      New York, NY 10004