Terms of Use

Updated: 11/17/2013

Please Carefully Review the Terms of Use of This Site

Please carefully review the Terms of Use of this site, as your use of the site will indicate your acceptance of these terms; do not use the site if you do not agree to be bound by these terms. We may periodically change the terms, so please check them from time to time as your continued use of the site signifies your acceptance of any changed items. 

B Lab, Inc. (hereafter referred to as "B Lab", “the B Impact Assessment”, “B Analytics”, "we", "us", or "our") provides an online tool that allows users to measure, compare, and improve the social and environmental impact of businesses, which is accessible at http://bimpactassessment.net  and http://b-analytics.net and any other websites (collectively, the “Site”) through which B Lab makes these Services available.   These Terms will take effect when you first commence using the Site, and B Lab reserves the right at any time and for any reason to deny you access to the Site or any portion thereof. 

Information about You

We collect several types of information on our Site.  If you register on our site, we collect "Personal Information", which generally speaking is information that can be used to identify you individually, such as your name and email address.  We also collect "Aggregate Information", which is information about use of our Site, such as pages visited on our Site. The information we collect depends on what services you use on our Site. The following is a more detailed explanation of these types of information as well as when and how we collect and use it.

1) Personal and non-personal information Registration and Transactional Data. When you register on bcorporation.net, we may collect various kinds of personal information including your name, email address, address, and phone number. We also collect and store access information related to your account including login and user password.

2) Registration and authentication Registration Directly with bcorporation.net. When you register with us on the Site, you are required to submit an email address (which is your user id for the Site) and password. Additional information may be included in your registration profile such as name and address.

Our online privacy policy tells you about the information B Lab, Inc. collects through the services available on our Site, how we use that information and how you can opt out of certain uses of information we may collect.

 

Information about Your Company

By using our services and accessing our Site and Assessment, you are consenting to the information collection and use practices described here.

Other than as outlined below, identifiable information entered into the B Impact Assessment is considered confidential, and B Lab will take reasonable precautions to protect such identifiable information.  B Lab, its affiliates or its contractors may use the information you submit through the B Impact Assessment to develop and validate the Assessment.  Separately, B Lab reserves the right to share aggregated and anonymous data on B Analytics and with its affiliates, contractors and partners, with academics, and in publications based upon data submitted through this system. When aggregated in this way, B Lab will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that Company data does not appear with identifiable information or in a benchmark group with less than five other data points. Notwithstanding B Lab’s efforts, it is possible that partners, academics, readers or other users would be able to determine the identity of the Company based on the anonymous information.  Except as otherwise provided in this agreement, B Lab shall have no liability to the Company or any other person in the event any person is able to determine the identity of the Company based on anonymous or aggregated information. 

In the event you have indicated that you are affiliated with, or a member of, one of our Standards Partners, B Lab reserves the right to share information with our Standards Partners (organizations that B Lab has entered into a relationship into with regards to the B Impact Assessment or B Analytics).  Data that is shared with our Standards Partners are subject to the privacy policies of our partners.

Users entering material into the Web Site are responsible for the content of that material.  B Lab does not have responsibility for other Content, including the content of any messages or information posted by Users or others, or for the content of information accessible via direct or indirect hyperlinks from the Web Site.  However, B Lab retains the right, which it may or may not exercise in its sole discretion, to review, edit, or delete other Content that B Lab deems to be illegal, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

Content Not To Be Construed As Solicitation or Recommendation; No Determination of Suitability; Not All Risk Disclosed

The material on the Web Sites is for informational purposes only, and is not an offer or recommendation to buy or sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or to participate in any particular trading strategy.  Further, none of the information and material on the Web Sites is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such. References to any specific securities or investment advice of any kind do not constitute an offer to buy or sell securities.  The past performance of an investment or investment strategy cannot guarantee its future performance.

Nature and Timeliness of Service

This Web Site contains statements and statistics that have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable but are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness.  The Content displayed on the Web Site, including, but not limited to, reports and other opinions or statements, is current as of the date appearing on the report and is subject to change without notice.  B Lab does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any information (including, but not limited to any ratings) you access using the Web Site, and assumes no obligation to update any information following publication. References to any specific securities or investment advice of any kind do not constitute an offer to buy or sell securities.  The past performance of an investment or investment strategy cannot guarantee its future performance.

Copyright And Trademark

Unless otherwise noted, all materials on this site are protected as the copyrights, trade dress, trademarks and/or other intellectual properties owned by B Lab, Inc. All rights not expressly granted are reserved.

Personal Use

Your use of the materials included on this site is for informational purposes only. You agree you will not reproduce, transmit, disseminate, sell, broadcast, circulate, distribute, publish, modify, display or create derivative works from or exploit the contents of this site in any way without the express written consent of B Lab.  You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless B Lab, Inc. and any third-party data providers, from all damages, liabilities, costs, charges, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that B Lab, its affiliates, employees, and authorized representatives may incur as a result of (i) your breach of these Terms and Conditions; (ii) material entered into the Web Site with the use of your login or password; or (iii) any and all unauthorized uses you may make of any material on the site. You acknowledge the unauthorized use of the contents could cause irreparable harm to B Lab, Inc. and that in the event of an unauthorized use, B Lab, Inc. shall be entitled to an injunction in addition to any other remedies available at law or in equity.

Feedback and Submissions

You agree you are and shall remain solely responsible for the contents of any submissions you make, and you will not submit material that is unlawful, defamatory, abusive or obscene. You agree that you will not submit anything to the site that will violate any right of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary right(s).

B Lab also welcomes your feedback and suggestions about how to improve this Web Site.  Any ideas, suggestions, information, know-how, material, or any other content (collectively, “Submissions”) received through this Web Site, however will be deemed to include a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license for B Lab to adopt, publish, reproduce, disseminate, transmit, distribute, copy, use, create derivative works, display, (in whole or part) worldwide, or act on such Submissions without additional approval or consideration, in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such Submissions.  You hereby waive any claim to the contrary.

Links

Some links on the site will allow you to connect with sites that are not under our control. B Lab, Inc. is providing these links only as a convenience. The appearance of a link does not imply B Lab, Inc. endorsement, nor is B Lab, Inc. responsible for the contents of any linked site. You access them at your own risk.

Assumption of Risk

You use the Internet solely at your own risk and subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations.  While B Lab has endeavored to create a secure and reliable website, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from this Web Site over the Internet cannot be guaranteed.  Accordingly, B Lab and its licensors and suppliers are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet, the accuracy of the information contained on the Web Site, or for the consequences of any reliance on such information.  B Lab and its licensors and suppliers shall have no liability for interruptions or omissions in Internet, network or hosting services.  You assume the sole and complete risk of using the Web Site.

Enforcing Security

Actual or attempted unauthorized use of any of the Web Site may result in criminal and/or civil prosecution.  For your protection, B Lab reserves the right to view, monitor, and record activity on the Web Site without notice or further permission from you, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.  Any information obtained by monitoring, reviewing, or recording is subject to review by law enforcement organizations in connection with the investigation or prosecution of possible criminal activity on any of the Web Site.  B Lab will also comply will all court orders involving request for such information. 

Disclaimer

B Lab does not guarantee that the functions contained in the site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that this site or its server will be free of viruses or other harmful components, or that defects will be corrected even if B Lab is aware of them.

Anti-Hacking

You expressly agree not to:

a) use or attempt to use any "deep-link," "scraper," "robot," "bot," "spider," "data-mining," "computer code" or any other automated device, program, tool, algorithm, process, or methodology or manual process having similar processes or functionality, to access, acquire, copy, or monitor any portion of the Web Site, any data or Content found on or accessed through the Web Site or any Other Content without the prior express written consent of B Lab;
b) obtain or attempt to obtain through any means any materials or information on the Web Site that have not been intentionally made publicly available either by their public display on the Web Site or through their accessibility by a visible link on the Web Site;
c) violate the restrictions in any robot inclusion headers on this Web Site or in any way bypass or circumvent any other measure employed to limit or prevent access to the Web Site or its Content;
d) violate the security of the Web Site or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Web Site, data, materials, information, computer systems or networks connected to any B Lab server, through hacking, password mining or any other means;
e) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Web Site or any activities conducted on or through the Web Site, including accessing any data, content or other information prior to the time that it is intended to be available to the public on the Web Site;
f) take or attempt any action that, in the sole discretion of B Lab, imposes or may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load or burden on the Web Site or B Lab’s infrastructure.

B Lab will prosecute any parties who illegally attempt to mine member data from the site.

Choice of Law

These terms of use and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.  You hereby agree that, as a final means of settling any dispute arising under these terms, the Parties shall submit to binding arbitration conducted under the rules of the American Arbitration Association for commercial arbitration with hearings to be conducted in New York City. The proceedings may be conducted by teleconference for the convenience of any Party, and the findings of the arbitrator shall be binding, final and enforceable on the Parties and such findings may be reduced to judgment in a court of appropriate jurisdiction.  Any cause of action you have arising out of use of this site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises.  If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these terms of use to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of these terms of use, and the remainder of the terms of use shall continue in full force and effect.  A printed version of these terms of use shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings.

Additional Legal Terms

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties relating to the Web Site and supersedes any and all other agreements, oral or in writing, with respect to the Web Site.  The failure of B Lab to insist upon strict compliance with any term of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver with regard to any subsequent failure to comply with such term or provision.  This Agreement is personal to you, and you may not assign your rights or obligations to anyone.  If any provision in this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, the remaining provision will continue in full force and effect.  This Agreement, your rights and obligations, and all actions contemplated by this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The parties agree that the State and Federal courts of Pennsylvania shall be the exclusive forums for any dispute arising out of this Agreement and the parties hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.