1. Section 1: Introduction and general information
About us and our website
We, Holcim Ltd, Zürcherstrasse 156, 8645 Jona, Switzerland will be the responsible controller for any personal data you provide us with in connection with our business relationship.
If you get in touch with us, we will store and process the information you provide for the purpose of handling your inquiry and any follow-up questions. We are permitted to process data in this context by law (article 6(1b) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679). We will delete your information once your inquiry has been handled.
Our guiding principles
We take protecting your information very seriously. Your data is therefore processed with great care and in strict compliance with applicable data protection law. Organisational and technical security measures have been taken to protect all of our websites against the risks present in processing personal data. Our partners who support us in the provision of this website must comply with these provisions as well.
What we log as standard
You can use all the areas of our website that are not access-protected without disclosing your identity. We log every use of our website as standard in order to remedy faults and clarify security incidents. You can find more about our log data in the section “How we process your data”.
Which permissions do we have to process your data
We respect your privacy. Consequently, we only process your data when we are permitted to do so. It goes without saying that you can also give us permission to process your data by opting into data processing on our website. In other cases, we process your data because we are permitted to do so by law. The same applies when you make use of other services on our website that require your data to be processed. We are also permitted to process your data when we have a legitimate interest in doing so. One example of this is the log data that we collect in order to ensure that our website can be operated without defects, amongst other things. In any case, we will inform you if any relevant processing of your data takes place, and your interests are taken into consideration each time that data is processed as a matter of course. In the event that you have cause for complaint, you can find your rights regarding the processing of your data in the latter section of this Data Protection Information.
The permissions we make use of, and when, are outlined in the following section. You can find more detailed information on how your data is collected, processed and used on our website (i.e. the type, scope and purpose of data processing) in the same section.
What else you should know
Users below the age of 16 should only transmit personal data to us with the consent of their parent or legal guardian. The data protection law that applies may result in different age limits in this regard.
Our website may contain links to other websites. We have no influence over how your data is processed on these websites or their compliance with provisions on data protection. Please note any Data Protection Information they provide.
Section 2: Data processing on the website
Data processing by visiting our website
For technical reasons, each time your internet browser accesses our website it automatically sends information to our web server (i.e. log data). We store some of this information in log files, such as:
- Visited domain
- The date and time of the request
- Page from which the file was requested
- Access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
- The web browser, system language, operating system and device type used
- IP address of the requesting computer
- The amount of data transferred
Log data does not contain personal data. As a general rule, we only analyze log data in order to remedy faults in the operation of our website or clarify security incidents. We store this log data indefinitely.
It is sometimes necessary for us to collect additional personal information as well as log data in order to remedy faults or preserve evidence relating to security incidents. In these cases, we are permitted to process the log data by law (article 6(1f) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679). We delete this data once the fault has been remedied or the security incident has been clarified in full, or if the original purpose of the processing no longer exists due to other factors. In the event of a security incident, we will transmit log data to the investigating authorities on a case-by-case basis, to the extent permitted.
We always store log data separately from other data collected that relates to the use of our website.
Website Purpose and contact functionalities
This website’s purpose is to share relevant information with startup companies that are active in business and technology fields relevant to Holcim. This website is also intended to give startup companies the chance to contact us via electronic means and submit data to us. We will use this data for the assessment of entering a potential business relationship with you and for further activities once a business relationship has been started. There are several ways on getting into contact with us:
- Contact via contact form or via e-mail
If you send us enquiries via contact form or e-mail, your details from the enquiry form or e-mail, including the contact data you have provided there, will be stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of follow-up questions. You are required to provide your name and an e-mail address to contact us. Your company is optional. Under no circumstances will we pass on this data without your consent. The legal basis for processing the data is our legitimate interest in responding to your request pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR. Your data will be deleted after final processing of your inquiry, provided that there are no legal storage obligations to the contrary. You can object to the processing of your personal data at any time in the case of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.
- Contact via the partnership form
You have the possibility to express your intention to partner with us via this website. We then collect and use the following personal data:
- First name and surname
- E-Mail address
- Role in the company
In addition, voluntary information can be provided (e.g. company presentation). Mandatory data provided for the purpose of registration are marked with an asterisk in the input mask as a mandatory field. By submitting your information, you express your interest in entering a business relationship with Holcim. The data is required to create a short company profile and evaluate if your company fulfills the requirements for the Holcim Startup MAQER. If consent is given within the context of submission, the legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can delete your profile including the data you have provided by sending a message to the responsible person named in section 2.
Notes taken from further communication
In case of further, ongoing communication and exchange of information with you via email, telephone or other means of communication, we will make and store relevant notes as appropriate for pursuing a potential business relationship.
Participation in special events
When you register for an event, we store and use the information you provide in order to run the event and complete any follow-ups. The data we collect for this purpose depends on the registration form on the event page in question.
Upon request, registered participants can receive information about the data they provided when registering or have any incorrect details corrected. To request this, please use the contact information provided at the end of this Data Protection Information.
We are permitted to process your data to run the event and complete any follow-ups by law (article 6(1b) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679). Your information is deleted once it is no longer required to run the event or complete any follow-ups.
Cookies cannot be used to run programs or transfer viruses to a computer. Cookies can only be read by the web server they originate from.
We do not share the information stored in the cookies with third parties without your express permission.
Cookies that we use for specific functions, without references to individuals:
- Cookies that store certain user preferences (e.g. search or language settings)
- Cookies that store information in order to guarantee flawless playback of video or audio content
- Cookies that temporarily store certain user entries (e.g. the contents an online form)
Cookies that we use for specific functions, with references to individuals:
- Cookies that serve to identify or authenticate our users.
We are permitted to process data in this context by law (article 6(1f) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679). We store this data until the cookie in question expires or until you delete it.
Any further processing of personal data using cookies is outlined in the relevant sections within this information.
Web analysis and advertising tracking
You can prevent cookies from being saved by adjusting the settings of your browser software accordingly. However, we must point out that in this case, you will not be able to use all functions of this website without restrictions. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and analyzing your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
To prevent cookies from being saved, you just need to click on “No” in the cookie information field on the website.
Information on the handling of user data at Google Analytics can be found in Google’s data protection declaration: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en
We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (hereinafter “reCAPTCHA”) on our website. Provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).
With reCAPTCHA it should be checked whether the data entry on our website (e.g. in a contact form) is done by a person or by an automatic program. For this reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the web site visitor on the basis different characteristics. This analysis starts automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the website. For analysis reCAPTCHA evaluates different information, e.g.
- IP address
- Duration of stay of the website visitor
- Mouse movements made by the user
The data collected during the analysis is forwarded to Google.
The reCAPTCHA analyses run completely in the background. Visitors to the website are not informed that an analysis is taking place. Data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
We have a legitimate interest in protecting our website from abusive automated spying and from unwanted, automated transmissions (spam).
We do not store any personal data from the use of reCAPTCHA. In general, personal data of the person concerned will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ends.
Social Media Links
Social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin) are only integrated on our website as links to the corresponding services. After clicking on the integrated text/image link you will be redirected to the page of the respective provider. Only after forwarding is user information transmitted to the respective provider. For information on the handling of your personal data when using these websites, please refer to the respective data protection regulations of the providers you use.
Cases where we transmit your data
We work together with a number of service providers to implement and operate our website. We have chosen these service providers carefully and concluded a data protection agreement with each individual service provider to keep your information safe.
The service providers we use to implement and operate our website are:
- Service provider for hosting services
- Service provider for programming services
- Service provider for sales and marketing services
We only transmit your data to other recipients where necessary to fulfill a contract with you, where we or the recipient has a legitimate interest in the disclosure of your data, or where you have given your consent to that transmission. These recipients include service providers and other companies within our corporate group. Furthermore, data may be transmitted to other recipients in the event that we are obliged to do so due to legal provisions or enforceable administrative or court orders..
Transmission to recipients outside the EEA
We also transmit personal data to recipients based outside of the EEA, in so-called third countries. In this case, we ensure ‒ before any data is shared ‒ that either an appropriate level of data protection is maintained by the recipient (e.g. on the basis of an adequacy decision made by the EU Commission for the respective country or the agreement of standard EU contractual clauses between the European Union and the recipient) or that you have given your consent to said sharing.
We are happy to provide you with an overview of the recipients in third countries and a copy of the specific provisions agreed to ensure an appropriate level of data protection. To request this, please use the contact information provided at the end of this Data Protection Information.
Duration of data storage
The duration of the storage of personal data is determined by the relevant legal retention periods (e.g. from commercial law and tax law). After expiry of the respective period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted. If data is necessary for contract fulfillment or contract initiation, or if we have a legitimate interest in further storage, the data will be deleted if it is no longer necessary for these purposes or if you make use of your right of revocation or objection.
Section 3: User rights
You have the right to request from us access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing concerning you and to object to processing as well as the right to data portability in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
In particular, you have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you. If you use this service repeatedly, we may make a small charge for this. If you would like to transfer your personal data to another controller, we will provide you with the personal data which you provided to us and which has been processed by automated means in a machine-readable portable format free of charge.
As we want to make sure that your personal data is accurate and up to date you may also ask us to correct or remove any information which you think is inaccurate.
For any of the above requests, please send a description of your personal data concerned and state name, email address, your personal account and customer number as proof of identity to firstname.lastname@example.org . We may require additional proof of identity to protect your personal data against unauthorized access.
If you have any concerns about how your personal data is handled by us or wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact us at email@example.com to have the matter investigated. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the competent data protection supervisory authority in your country.
Your point of contact for all questions relating to data protection
If you have any questions relating to data protection or exercising your rights, you can use the following contact information to get in touch with our data protection officer directly:
8645 Jona, Switzerland
Changes to this Data Protection Information
This Data Protection Information reflects the current state of data processing on our website. In the event of changes to data processing, this Data Protection Information will be updated accordingly. We always provide the latest version of this Data Protection Information on our website so that you can find out about the scope of data processing on our website.