TESS Website Privacy Policy

We, the Forum on Trade, Environment, & the SDGs (TESS), take your privacy seriously and are committed to complying with relevant government privacy regulations, rules, and policies.

Our website is managed by TESS.

Any requests regarding your personal information potentially held by us should be directed at info@tessforum.org.


We use the OECD Fair Information Practice Principles as guidance for how to handle personal data. We comply with the Swiss new Act on Federal Data Protection (nFADP) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The eight Fair Information Practice Principles are:

1. Collection Limitation Principle.

2. Data Quality Principle.

3. Purpose Specification Principle.

4. Use Limitation Principle.

5. Security Safeguards Principle.

6. Openness Principle.

7. Individual Participation Principle.

8. Accountability Principle.


This privacy policy covers all pages on our website. It does not apply to pages hosted by other organizations, including those that might be sponsored or hosted by TESS. Those websites may have independent privacy policies.

Our website may be used without entering any personal information.

Certain services and features listed below, however, do potentially use personally identifiable information either at your direct request, such as when you join a mailing list, or to provide a technical feature of the website.


We use cookies to track certain elements of your interaction with our website, including user analytics. These cookies are not required, and you may configure your browser to disallow this feature. The cookies are used to potentially customize and improve your experience on our website and to allow us to analyze usage patterns and behaviours to provide the best possible experience.


  • Twitter – Twitter is used as one of our social sharing platforms to engage and interact. Your information is stored by Twitter, which records some of your personal information. Twitter offers users the ability to change settings on the limits and capacity of data being collected.
  • LinkedIn – LinkedIn is used as one of our social sharing platforms to engage and interact. LinkedIn also collects personal information and offers users choices that can be made by modifying user settings.


Our website contains subscription forms to newsletters that provide periodic information and updates about our work. We use third-party data processors, including Mailchimp, to manage those newsletters. You can read more about Mailchimp's legal policies.

If you choose to subscribe to a TESS newsletter, we require a valid email address. You will be prompted and may opt to provide other information so that you can receive a more personalized newsletter.

Your details will remain within the third party’s databases for as long as we continue to use those services for email marketing, or until you request to be removed from the newsletter. You may cancel your subscription at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link contained in every email newsletter we send.

Social Networking

We maintain a profile on several social networking platforms. Our website contains links to these networks. These third-party companies process your personal information, and maintain their own privacy policies, which are available for your review here: