Privacy and cookies policy

Last updated: November 2021

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information.

This privacy notice will explain how we collect and look after your personal information in accordance with UK General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

Important information
This privacy notice tells you what to expect when GSG collects and processes your personal information.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

GSG is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ in this privacy notice).

Changes to this privacy notice
This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. Any changes that we make to this Privacy Policy will be effective from the date specified at the top of the revised privacy policy. Your use of our services following any such changes indicates that you have accepted them.

Legal basis for processing personal information
Under the GDPR, we must have a legal basis for processing your personal information. In the situations described in the next section, we process your personal information for one of the legal bases set out below.

  • Legitimate interests*. We may process your information where it is in our legitimate interests to do so as an organisation and without prejudicing your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. It is in our interests to ensure that our processes and systems operate effectively and to process information to help us achieve our mission to improve the lives of people by making global connections amongst those interested in impact investment.
  • Consent**. We may process your information where you give us your consent to do so. You have the right to withdraw this consent at any time by contacting us at

Situations where we collect data, the kind of data we collect and why
we collect it

  • Visitors to the GSG website
    When someone visits our website, we use a third party service provider, Google Analytics, to collect anonymised, aggregated data about visitors’ use of the website such as where the visitor came from, the browser types and versions, time zone setting and location, and operating system used. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and to enable us to make the content useful. Further information about how Google uses this information and how you can control the information sent to Google can be found here.
    We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of the individuals visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
  • Mailing lists
    We have a mailing list for the GSG newsletter and for periodic announcements about events or initiatives. We collect your contact details to sign you up to the mailing list. Once you have signed up we will send you newsletters and information on relevant GSG initiatives.
    We may also use information you provide us with on your areas of interest to help us send you material which is most relevant to you. You can opt out of the mailing list by following the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email we send you.
    We use a third party service provider, MailChimp, to deliver our newsletters. For more information, please see Mailchimp’s privacy policy and cookie statement.
  • Job applicants
    If you apply for a job at GSG, we will ask for certain information in order to progress your application, assess your suitability for the role you have applied for and fulfil legal or regulatory requirements. The information will only be shared with the relevant hiring manager(s).
    We do receive speculative applications. If you send us a speculative application, or apply for an open position, we will ask for your contact details to contact you about your application. We will als ask for your CV and a covering letter to assess your suitability fo the role. If you apply to us for a job through a recruitment agency we will receive your contact details, CV and covering letter from them.
    If you are shortlisted for a role, we will ask for you to provide proof of your identity so we can check that you have the right to work in the UK.
    As part of the assessment process you may be asked to attend an interview, where we might take interview notes, and to complete tests. If we make a conditional offer of employment we will ask you for information so that we can carry out pre-employment checks. We process this information to seek assurance as to your trustworthiness, integrity and reliability. You will therefore be asked to provide proof of your qualifications and referee contact details. In order to set up your employee record you will also be asked to provide bank details and emergency contact details. You may also be asked to declare any business or other interests you have.
    You will be asked to provide equal opportunities information. This is not mandatory information – if you do not provide it, it will not affect you application. This information will not be made available to any staff outside of our recruitment team, including hiring managers, in a way which can identify you. Any information you do provide, will be used only to produce and monitor equal opportunities statistics.
  • Interactions with GSG employees
    If you meet an employee of GSG, for example, at an event, and give them your contact details they will keep this information in order to contact you in the future about topics which might be of interest to you. They will also share this information with other staff members at GSG and occasionally, they will pass it on to third parties who they think you would be interested to hear from. Similarly, we will sometimes receive your contact details from a third party who thinks you would be interested in hearing from us.
  • Cookies Policy
    When you visit our sites, or when you use our apps, we may collect personal data from you using cookies or similar technologies. A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to your browser and stays on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website or app. Cookies do not damage your device and they are merely used to ‘remember’ you when you visit again. Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you. For further information including how to manage cookies, visit
    A cookie will transport information about how you use our website and it will be used in the following ways
    - Track the effectiveness of our online marketing activity
    - Remember how far you are in the form you are completing
    - Verify you as a user and carry out other essential security checks
    The table below shows the types of cookies we use and their purpose.
Cookie Purpose
Cookie consent Stores when a user has agreed to the cookie policy
Marker Allows administrators and guest users to report website bugs
__cf_bm  Displays the Helvetica font used by the site
Google Analytics and Google Tag manager. Tracks user behaviour.

Duty to inform us of changes
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Data Retention
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available in our retention policy which you can request from us by contacting us at

Change of Purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us at

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we wil notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

Data Security
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

Your Rights
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer of your personal information to anothe party.

No fee usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive.

Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

Third party data processors
We use third party service providers for parts of our website, IT systems and when we communicate digitally with you. Sometimes they will process the personal information which you provide us with.

Third party links
Our company website includes links to third-party websites. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When yo leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

If you contact us via social media, the personal information you provide will remain on that platform and that platform will be the data controller.

We encourage you to read the privacy notice of the relevant platform.

Our Advertising Partners
Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and similar technologies on our website and apps. While each of these advertising partners has their own privacy policy for their site, an updated and hyperlinked resource is maintained here. Our advertising partners include:

Transferring Data to other countries
We, or our third party providers, may transfer the personal information we collect about you to countries outside the UK, on the basis that anyone to whom we pass it protects it in accordance with applicable laws.

Queries or Complaints
If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, or want to submit a written complaint about how we handle your personal information, please contact us via

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

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