Of the platform ESDW – European Sustainable Development Week (www.esdw.eu)

Service provider: 

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna)

Institute for Managing Sustainability

Building D1, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna

office@esdw.eu


  1. Scope

Any and all offers, services, or deliveries of any kind provided by WU Vienna through the platform ESDW – European Sustainable Development Week (hereinafter referred to as the Platform, online at www.esdw.eu) are based solely on these Terms and Conditions (GTC) as amended.

  1. Platform

The ESDW – European Sustainable Development Week is a Europe-wide initiative intended to support and increase the visibility of activities, projects, and events related to sustainable development. The platform was initiated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the German Federal Chancellery, and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. WU Vienna was commissioned to implement the initiative.

With this Platform, WU Vienna allows users to upload photographs, texts, graphics, etc. (“Content”) related to sustainability for presentation to an interested audience. Users retain all rights to, and are solely responsible for, User Content.

WU Vienna’s role is solely that of technical distributor/site host which has no influence over User Content and does not supervise Content. Pursuant to §16 (1) of the Federal Act governing certain legal aspects of electronic commercial and legal transactions (E-Commerce Act – ECG), WU Vienna is responsible for illegal content only if it does not immediately remove or disable access to it after learning of it. If Users become aware of any Content that violates any laws or rights, they are requested to report it without delay to office@esdw.eu.

  1. Copyrights to the Platform

The Platform is in its individual components and its entirety the property of WU Vienna and is protected by applicable intellectual property laws.

  1. License Agreement for Using the Platform

By making an account, the User makes a legally binding offer to enter into a License Agreement, which can be confirmed by WU Vienna in an account confirmation email. When making an account, the User shall provide the required personal data, especially first and last name and a valid email address, and shall accept these GTC as amended. WU Vienna reserves the right to reject any request for a License Agreement without stating grounds.

  1. Costlessness

Use of the platform is free of charge. This shall not result in any legal claim to use of the platform free of charge in the future. Wu Vienna reserves the right to close or restrict use of the platform or to block any user at any time without stating grounds.

  1. Duration

The License Agreement between WU Vienna and the User is entered into for an indeterminate period of time.

  1. Right to Withdrawal/Termination

The User can withdraw from the License Agreement with WU Vienna at any time by email sent to office@esdw.eu. Any previously granted rights to use of user generated or uploaded content shall remain unaffected by this right to withdrawal/termination.

  1. Availability

WU Vienna shall provide all services dependent on existing technical, financial, operational, and organizational conditions. WU Vienna shall not be held accountable for any service interruptions, disturbances, delays, deletions, transmission errors, or server failure that occur in connection with the use of the services provided or with communications with the User.

The User acknowledges that all services provided by WU Vienna involve third party network providers. The availability of service is therefore dependent on the technical provision of services by said third parties, over whom WU Vienna has no influence.

Wu Vienna is not obligated to make services available online without interruption and at all times. WU Vienna has the right to interrupt service for a reasonable period of time for internal reasons, e.g. maintenance. No claims to service result for the User. WU Vienna shall strive for a rapid restoration of service.

The User is entitled to use the service at his or her own risk and expense and shall use only suitable technical devices to do so.

  1. Warranty

WU Vienna provides a warranty solely for paid services pursuant to §§ 922 ff of the Austrian Civil Code (Allgemeines bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, ABGB).

  1. Liability

Any liability of WU and its organizational units, employees, contractors, or other agents is limited to acts committed by intent or gross negligence. Any liability for acts committed by simple negligence shall be excluded. This disclaimer does not apply to any injury to persons or damage to items WU has accepted for processing. In cases where the liability of WU is excluded or limited, the limitation or exclusion of liability shall also apply to the personal liability of WU’s organizational units, employees, contractors, or other agents.

  1. Uploaded Content 

The User grants WU Vienna worldwide, transferable, non-exclusive exploitation rights and the rights of use for all media for the duration of the legal term of the copyright as amended, especially for the purpose of keeping content retrievable and publishing and distributing it through the Platform. Exploitation rights and the rights of use apply in particular to use of contents for advertising and reporting purposes.

WU Vienna is not obligated to keep Content retrievable. WU Vienna can reject User Content, publish it elsewhere, shorten it or delete it at any time.

The User agrees not to upload any Content the provision, publication, or use of which violates applicable law or the rights of third parties (especially intellectual property or moral rights) and confirms that he or she owns the rights to the content, not just for the purpose of temporary copying, distribution, and retrievability. Uploading racist, pornographic, discriminatory, offensive, or immoral material is explicitly prohibited.

In the event of a claim by a third party that User Content has violated his or her rights, WU Vienna is entitled to pass on the contact data provided by the User.

  1. Links/Cookies

In the case of any web links placed by the User or WU that give access to online services provided by third parties, the User or WU Vienna shall not assume any responsibility or liability for the third-party content provided by these services. WU does not claim any ownership of the target contents available through the links. If Users find content that violates any laws, regulations, or legal rights, they are requested to report the content to office@esdw.eu.

WU Vienna uses cookies on the Platform. These are small text files that are transmitted when a User accesses the online service and are then saved on the User’s device. Cookies allow WU Vienna to identify a User in the case of repeat visits. WU employs cookies to analyze the way in which the User interacts with the Platform and to identify the User as a unique client. The Platform also installs third-party cookies. The Platform operators use cookies provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as Google) to display targeted ads through the Google AdSense program. The User can disable cookies by changing his or her browser settings. By using the Platform, the User explicitly accepts and agrees to the use of cookies by WU.

  1. Privacy

13.1. Registration: When accessing the Platform for the first time, the User is required to enter personal data. The User can enter all the relevant information for communication between WU and the User, including in particular the User’s name and email address.

13.2. Regular use: During regular use of the Platform, the User can enter additional data, e.g. a photo representing his or her initiative, date and location of events, etc. In addition, the Platform will routinely save the following data: log data (including IP address, time of access).

13.3. Declaration of consent: The User accepts and agrees that WU Vienna will process his or her personal data, as indicated above, for the purpose of providing access to the services detailed in this contract and to analyze User behavior, in accordance with the Austrian Data Protection Act (Datenschutzgesetz, DSG).

13.4. Revocation of consent: WU explicitly informs the User that the declaration of consent to this privacy policy can be revoked at any time – contact: WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Institute for Managing Sustainability, building D1, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, office@esdw.eu. If a User revokes his or her consent, his or her personal data shall no longer be used. To avoid misunderstandings, Users should note that WU will still remain entitled to use the data to the extent that is necessary to perform its remaining contractual obligations (§ 8 (3), line 4 of the Data Protection Act 2000).

13.5 Use of Google Maps: This website uses Google Maps for displaying maps and providing route information. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. When the User accesses the Platform, a direct connection to Google’s servers is established. This means that device-specific data, location data, the IP address (log files), and information on cookies are transmitted to Google. By using the Platform, the User accepts and agrees to the transmission, collection, processing, and the use of automatically collected data by Google. The terms specified in section 14.6 apply mutatis mutandis.

13.6. Use of Facebook social plugins: The Platform employs social plugins (hereinafter referred to as plugins) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (hereinafter referred to as Facebook). These plugins are marked either with a Facebook logo or the tag “Facebook social plugin.” When the User accesses these services, the Platform establishes a direct connection to Facebook’s servers. Facebook directly transmits the plugin content of the plugins to the Platform, and the content is then integrated into the website. Due to the integration of the plugins into the website, Facebook is informed when the User accesses the Platform. If the User is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can associate the Platform visit with the User’s Facebook account. If the User interacts with the plugins, e.g. by clicking the “Like” button or commenting, the Platform will transfer this information directly to Facebook, which stores the information. For information on the purpose and scope of data collection activities, the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, User rights, and available privacy settings, Users can consult Facebook’s privacy policy.

13.7. Google Analytics: The Platform employs the Google Analytics web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as Google). To make sure that Google Analytics can be used in accordance with applicable privacy rules, the Institute for Managing Sustainability has configured Google Analytics in such a way that the service deletes the last part of the IP addresses recorded on the Platform (“anonymize IP”). Google Analytics uses cookies. These are small text files that are saved on the User’s computer and are employed to analyze the way in which the User interacts with the Platform. In most cases, the data generated through the use of cookies is transmitted to a Google server, located in the USA, where it is stored. Before the data is sent, the last three digits of the recorded IP address are deleted (“anonymize IP”), so that Google cannot identify individual IP addresses only on the basis of the transmitted IP data. Google complies with the US Safe Harbor privacy agreement and is registered with the Safe Harbor program of the US Department of Commerce. Google will use the data generated through the use of cookies to analyze User interaction with the Platform, draw up activity reports, and perform other services related to the use of the Platform and the internet. Third-party companies, including Google, place ads on websites on the internet, using saved cookies from previous Platform visits. Google will also disclose these data to third parties if required by law or if third parties process the data on behalf of Google. The anonymized IP address transmitted by the User’s browser will not be linked to any other data gathered by Google. By using the Platform, the User accepts and agrees that Google will process his or her data in the way and for the purposes described above. The User can disable cookies by changing his or her browser settings. In addition, the User can also prevent cookie-generated data related to his or her interaction with the website (including the IP address) from being transmitted to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. Users can find more information on the terms and conditions of use and the privacy policy at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html and https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/.

13.8. Google+: The Platform employs Google social web functions such as the +1 button. These services are provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as Google). This service is intended as a convenient means for Users to make suggestions to their friends. In the case of certain contents, the User’s name and profile picture may be displayed in ads if he or she uses the +1 button. The User can disable or enable this feature in his or her settings. The User can also view and manage all the pages where he or she has given a +1 in the +1 tab in his or her Google+ profile. Users can get further information at https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1047397?p=sign_up_about_plusones&rd=2&hl=en.

Google+ uses cookies. The provisions laid down above in section 13.7 of these Terms and Conditions apply. By using the Platform, the User accepts and agrees that Google+ will process his or her data in the way and for the purposes described above.

13.9 Twitter: The Platform employs the Twitter “Tweet” button plug-in. This plug-in is provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. If the User uses the Twitter service, the websites visited by the User will be linked with his or her Twitter account through the Retweet function and made accessible to third-party users. Users can find further information at http://twitter.com/privacy. Users can change their Twitter privacy settings by following this link: http://twitter.com/account/settings. By using the Platform, the User accepts and agrees that Twitter will process his or her data in the way and for the purposes described above.

13.10 Pinterest: The Platform employs the “Pin it” button provided by the Pinterest network. This plug-in is provided by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA CA 94301, USA. If the User uses the Pinterest service or visits websites or a web app that includes Pinterest functionalities (e.g. the “Pin it” button), log data are automatically transmitted to Pinterest, including for instance the IP address, the URL of the website, data on the browser used and the browser settings, the date and time when the website was accessed, data on how the User interacted with the website, information on the device used, and related to cookies. Pinterest will also set its own cookies. Pinterest uses the data gathered to suggest pins and boards to the Users and to display personalized ads. Users can get further information at http://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy. By using the Platform, the User accepts and agrees that Pinterest will process his or her data in the way and for the purposes described above.

  1. Miscellaneous/additional terms and conditions

14.1 If individual provisions of this contract are or become invalid, either fully or in part, or if there are any omissions in the contract, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions.

14.2 Any change or modification of this contract must be in writing. This provision also applies to any agreements made to waive the writing requirement. All communications made by email, fax, or web form shall be considered to satisfy the requirement of written form.

14.3. Any words and designations that are used in this contract to refer to natural persons in masculine form only are meant to include both men and women alike. If a word or designation is used to refer to a specific natural person, the appropriate grammatical gender shall be used in each case.

14.4. These Terms and Conditions have been prepared in German and English. In case of disputes and questions of interpretation arising from these Terms and Conditions, the German version shall prevail.

  1. Governing law and jurisdiction, place of performance

15.1 This contract is governed by Austrian substantive law, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.

15.2 The parties consent, exclusively, to the adjudication of any dispute arising directly or indirectly out of this contract by any Austrian court of competent jurisdiction in 1020 Vienna. If the user is a consumer, this place of venue shall only apply if the user has his or her domicile, habitual place of residence, or place of occupation in this court district or if he or she lives abroad.

15.3 The parties consent that, in any case, any disputes shall be adjudicated by an Austrian court.

15.4 The place of performance of the services governed by this contract shall be 1020 Vienna.

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