By entering the website of the Centre for Leadership and Values in Society of the University of St.Gallen (hereinafter referred to as “CLVS-HSG”) you declare that you understand and accept the following legal notices on condition that, should certain parts of these legal notices no longer comply with the current legal position, the remaining parts of these legal notices remain of full legal force and effect.
Although the CLVS-HSG carefully monitors the accuracy of information published on this website, it does not guarantee the accuracy, precision, current validity, reliability, and completeness of the content. We reserve the right to amend the information of this webpage at any time and without any prior announcement, and we are not under any obligation to update the information so contained. The functionality of all links to external Internet service providers were verified at the time of their inclusion. We are, however, not liable in any manner whatsoever for content and availability of websites that can be entered via a hyperlink. The Internet service providers of those websites are exclusively liable for illegal, inaccurate and/or incomplete content, and especially for damage caused by the content of linked sites to which were referred, regardless of the nature of the damage, whether it is direct or indirect, of a financial nature, or any other type of damage resulting from loss of data, downtime or any other reason whatsoever.
Claims against the CLVS-HSG due to material or immaterial damage caused by access, use or non-use of published information, by misuse of connections, or by technical faults, are entirely excluded insofar as this is legally permissible.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, i.e. text files which are stored on your computer to enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie on the use of this Website (including your IP-address), is, as a rule, transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. We have activated the IP-anonymization on this website, so that your IP address will first be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union and other Contracting States of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA, and only then shortened. On behalf of the administrator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of this website, to compile reports on website activities, and to provide further services related to website use and Internet use for the administrator. Within the context of Google Analytics, the transmitted IP address from your browser will not be merged with other data by Google. You can prevent storage by cookies by changing the relevant browser settings on your computer. However, we draw your attention to the fact that, in such circumstances, you may not be able to fully use all the functions. You can furthermore prevent the transfer of the cookie-captured data on the use of the website (incl. your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: The current link is https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Authors of user generated content (via the comments function, etc.) guarantee compatibility thereof in the relevant product’s valid applicable jurisdiction, as well as compliance with third parties’ rights. In particular, unlawful and immoral content is not permitted, namely slanderous, defamatory, reputation and business damaging, pornographic or racist comments, as well as inciting violence and other criminally punishable acts.
The author exclusively bears all consequences of his transgressions. He is obliged to exempt the CLVS-HSG of all liability related and/or ancillary to his contributions. The CLVS-HSG reserves the right to take legal action in the event that the author commits a gross transgression of legal guidelines. The CLVS-HSG reserves the right to amend, truncate, or delete entries without giving any reasons whatsoever.
The author grants the CLVS-HSG the gratis, spatially unlimited right in perpetuity to use the content of his web entries, including the right to transfer these web entries to other publication mediums, media or books, and to store it for archiving purposes. In respect of the creation of content, the user agrees that the CLVS-HSG may store and use the relevant data.
The CLVS-HSG bears no liability whatsoever, or howsoever, arising in respect of user-generated content. The corresponding statements, information, opinion and recommendations, etc. are not created by the CLVS-HSG. In the event that the content violates the abovementioned guidelines, the CLVS-HSG requests the users to notify the CLVS-HSG forthwith.
The information on this website is open to the public. No copyright will be transferred to users who download or copy content, pictures, photos, and other data.
Credits for images in sequence in which they appear:
Brandenburg Gate ("Public Value Atlas"): photo.ua/shutterstock.com
Amphitheatre in the Mauerpark ("Background"): Eldad Carin/shutterstock.com
Alexanderplatz with train ("News"): Eldad Carin/shutterstock.com
World clock on the Alexanderplatz ("Public value and I"): Sergey Kelin/shutterstock.com
Volkswagen, VW up, 64th International Motor Show, IAA, 2011, Frankfurt am Main ("home page"): imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Copyright and all other rights of content, pictures, photos, or other data files on this website belong exclusively to the CLVS-HSG, or the specifically named holders of the rights. For the reproduction of any element, a prior written consent by the copyright holder is required. Citation of documents and websites with the correct indication of the source, as well as placement of links on our website, is expressly permitted.
We do not guarantee the security of data transfer, particularly data transfer via e-mail due to the danger of third party access. Any use by third parties of published contact data for marketing purposes, is herewith expressly prohibited. The CLVS-HSG reserves the explicit right to take legal action in the event of sent unsolicited promotional and informational material.
2. How we use your personal data
In this Section 2 we have set out:
(a) the general categories of personal data that we may process;
(b) in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data
(c) the purposes for which we may process personal data; and
(d) the legal bases of the processing.
We may process data about your use of our website and services ("usage data"). The usage data may include your geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our analytics tracking system Google Analytics. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analyzing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is your consent and our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services. You may opt-out of this at any point.
We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters ("notification data"). The notification data may be processed for the purposes of sending you the relevant notifications and/or newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is consent.
We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us ("correspondence data"). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.
In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 2, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
Please do not supply any other person's personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so.
3. Providing your personal data to others
We may disclose your personal data to any member of the CLVS-HSG insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and on the legal bases, set out in this policy.
We may disclose your personal data to professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining professional advice.
We may disclose ("usage Data") to our advertising, analytics and social media providers insofar as is reasonably necessary to measure the success of and improve our advertising and social media efforts. This personal data may include IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. These advertising providers include Facebook and Youtube. The legal basis for this processing and provision is consent. You may opt-out of this at any point.
In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 3, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
4. International transfers of your personal data
In this Section 4, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA).
Our Analytics Provider, Google Analytics, is situated in the United States of America. The European Commission has made an "adequacy decision" with respect to the General Data Protection Regulation. Transfers to the United States of America will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the EU-US Privacy Shield framework of which Google Analytics is a signatory. Information on the framework can be found here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/
Our Advertising and Social Media providers, listed in section 3, are located in the United States of America. The European Commission has made an "adequacy decision" with respect to the General Data Protection Regulation. Transfers to the United States of America will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the EU-US Privacy Shield framework of which all our advertising and social media providers are signatories. Information on the framework can be found here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/
5. Retaining and deleting personal data
This Section 5 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
We will retain your personal data for a minimum of time.
It is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria:
(a) the period of retention of Usage Data will be determined based on user requests for deletion or the data is no longer required.
(b) the period of retention for Enquiry Data will be determined based on user requests for deletion or the data is no longer required.
(d) the period of retention for Notification Data will be determined based on user requests for deletion.
(e) the period of retention for Correspondence Data will be determined based on user requests for deletion or the data is no longer required and the correspondence has been completed.
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 5, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural Person.
We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
7. Your rights
In this Section 7, we have summarized the rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
Your principal rights under data protection law are:
(a) the right to access;
(b) the right to rectification;
(c) the right to erasure;
(d) the right to restrict processing;
(e) the right to object to processing;
(f) the right to data portability;
(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
(h) the right to withdraw consent.
You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data.
You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the exercise or defense of legal claims.
In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the exercise or defense of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the exercise or defense of legal claims.
You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.
To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:
(a) consent; or
(b) that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, Switzerland, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by email or written notice to us. We may require a proof of identity.