General

The Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI) e.V. is a non-profit organization based in Berlin, Germany. It serves as the global platform for anyone with an interest in the generation or use of life cycle information. All parties with an interest in sustainability and an appreciation for taking a life cycle perspective are welcome. If you want to learn more about the FSLCI, you can do so here.

Membership Fees

The FSLCI e.V. is a membership-based non-profit organization. To become a member, an annual membership fee has to be paid. The level of the membership fee depends on factors such as your place of residency and your employment status. We differentiate membership fee levels based on per capita income levels per country as specified by the Worldbank.  Please note that we consider High Income Economies and High Income OECD members under the same level. We also do not differentiate between upper- and lower-middle-income economies.  Membership fees are currently set to:

High Income Countries (HIC): 120€ per year | Student: 30€

Middle Income Countries (MIC): 60€ per year | Student: 15€

Low Income Countries (LIC): 30€ per year | Student: 7.50€

Payment & Renewal

Payment in advance is required in order to become a member of the FSLCI e.V. Please note that payments are billed annually in the local currency of the member, thus no conversion charges apply. We accept payments made with the following credit cards:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Card number, expiry date, card security code, and the name on the card are all required, in addition to the subscription details. FSLCI e.V. takes the responsibility for data protection very seriously and all credit card payments should be made securely online. Credit card details will not be transmitted to the FSLCI e.V. Payments are handled securely and directly by Stripe, Inc. (https://stripe.com). In exceptional cases other payment options can be arranged by contacting [email protected].

Membership fees are collected automatically on an annual basis through our subscription service. As a member of the FSLCI e.V., you have the ability to cancel your subscription and thus your membership in your member account anytime.

Refunds & Coupons

Please note that when you cancel your subscription and membership, we are unable to provide refunds for membership fees that have already been paid due to provisions set forth in our charter and in accordance with German law. You will have access to all FSLCI services until the end of your payment period.

Vouchers and Coupons are only valid for the payment period specified by the voucher or coupon.

Registration and Use

The FSLCI is a membership-based association. By registering, you agree to abide by the rules and policies detailed below. Please check the checkbox on the registration form and thus indicate compliance with our guidelines as stipulated below.

After registration, you may choose to provide some additional personal data for your user profile. Your profile will serve as a kind of virtual business card. It will be visible to any logged-in user of the FSLCI community platform; make sure you do not offer information you want to keep private. You are strongly encouraged to provide a digitized photograph of yourself, which will be visible beside your name under each of your contributions to the website.

You are required to submit and maintain a valid e-mail address. The e-mail address you provide will not be made public by the FSLCI e.V. The publication of other FSLCI community members’ e-mail addresses is a violation of the Terms of Service and will lead to your exclusion from the community platform. We do retain your e-mail address in our database and reserve the right to contact you directly for purposes related to the maintenance, promotion, and improvement of our services. For more information on data related issues, please read our Privacy Policy.

Rules of Conduct

The basic principle of conduct on the FSLCI community platform is that of mutual respect between users. We encourage lively and informed debate but do not condone malicious or unfair treatment of other users. We ask that you consider the contributions of others in a manner consistent with how you, personally, would like to be received on the website. The discussions on the FSLCI community platform must be solution-oriented, sober, reasonable, and, of course, legal.

We believe that fruitful debate must be conducted openly, unimpeded by unnecessary forms of censorship. We also recognize, however, that there are boundaries to expression in any forum, and that it is our duty to abide by the limitations as set forth by the laws of Germany. We therefore require you to agree – through your registration and use of our site – that you will never use the FSLCI community platform to post any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleadingly inaccurate, or overtly abusive, racist, sexist, hateful, harassing, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise in violation of any German law. By registering, you agree not to post any material that excuses, fosters, or promotes activities which are illegal in Germany.

If you choose to criticize persons, groups of persons, governments, companies, or other institutions make sure that all your negative claims are supported by solid evidence. Please keep in mind that rumors and hearsay spread over the Internet are not necessarily solid evidence, just because they have been continually repeated on the web.

By joining the FSLCI e.V., you agree to abide by the regulations of the FSLCI moderators in the interpretation and enforcement of these rules. Refusal to cooperate with moderators or to abide by these rules will lead to your exclusion from the FSLCI community platform.

Please note that German law specifically prohibits anti-Semitic remarks, as well as the promotion or use of National Socialist symbols and thought. Denial of crimes committed under National Socialist ideology is also punishable by German law. We will notify Internet service providers of any objectionable postings, and will inform law enforcement agencies if we encounter postings that, in our opinion, clearly violate the law.

Any user who finds a posting objectionable in terms of the rules outlined above must inform FSLCI staff immediately by flagging the objectionable posting as inappropriate.

Please remember that postings on the FSLCI platform are visible to any community member and are stored in a database indefinitely. Please closely consider the content of your personal contributions before posting.

The FSLCI community platform is intended as a medium for discussion of the any life cycle related sustainability issues. Do not post spam. This includes (but is not limited to) advertisements, chain letters and pyramid schemes, solicitations, or other messages primarily intended to promote a cause, venture, organization, event (except FSLCI-related events), website, or other institution or activity. We may grant exceptions for what we deem worthy causes if permission is asked in advance of the posting.

Please be careful to post in the appropriate field. Do not post the same or similar messages or threads in multiple discussions. Similarly, please refrain from posting multiple threads on the same topic or a large number of threads on any topic within a limited period of time.

Vandalism, tampering, or other abuse of the site will lead to immediate and irrevocable exclusion from Atlantic Community. Violators of applicable laws will be reported to the internet service provider and law enforcement.

We reserve the right to delete any message at our discretion. Contributors will be held responsible for the content of their posts, and through registration agree to indemnify and hold harmless the FSLCI with respect to any claim based upon making public any of your postings.

In the event that a criminal investigation is brought against you resulting from activity on the FSLCI community platform, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if required to disclose your identity and personal information.

Copyright

All postings and other material on the FSLCI community platform remain under the copyright of their respective authors. FSLCI e.V., the owner and operator of the FSLCI community platform, reserves the right to freely re-publish and use all material that appears on the FSLCI community platform for non-profit purposes. By agreeing to these terms of use and by publishing on the FSLCI community platform, you grant and assign FSLCI e.V., a nonexclusive irrevocable right to reuse your posting in any non-profit manner we see fit without notice or compensation to you. This right does not expire in the case of you choose not to continue your FSLCI membership or your exclusion from the FSLCI e.V. All your postings will remain on our site.

Any re-publication of material appearing on the FSLCI community platform without express written permission from the authors and the FSLCI e.V. is prohibited.

In compliance with these terms, you agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you or the operator of the FSLCI community platform, FSLCI e.V. own that copyright.

Disclaimers

We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or utility of any of our users’ posts. We are not responsible for the contents of any posting. Postings express the views of their authors, not necessarily the views of the FSLCI e.V. or parties associated with us.

The FSLCI e.V. and its agents, including our administrators and moderators, are in no way responsible for real-world encounters between our users, unless we organize such meetings ourselves or officially support such organization. We do not vouch for any individual or group organization or participation in any real-world event. If you chose to organize or attend such events, you do so under your own responsibility.

General

The Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI) e.V. is a non-profit organization seated in the Federal Republic of Germany (Berlin) and therefore subject to German law, particularly the Teledienstedatenschutzgesetz (TDDSG), Mediendienstestaatsvertrag (MDStV), and Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG). In compliance with all respective German laws, we hereby inform users of fslci.org that their individual data submitted upon registration for our services, as well as data compiled during the use of the FSLCI platform will be electronically stored, processed, and used in no other way than specified below. Particularly, we do not sell any individual data. The following points establish which data is generated when you visit our website and how it may be used:

  • collection and processing of data regarding visits from the Internet
  • use and forwarding of personal data
  • consent to further use of data: newsletter
  • security
  • cookies
  • right to information and contact data
  • right to withdrawal
  • links to other websites
  • incorporation, validity, and updating of the data protection declaration (Datenschutzerklärung)

Data Gathering and Processing Regarding Access from the Internet

When you visit our website, our web server will store temporarily every access in a protocol file. The following data is generated and stored until an automated deletion:

  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • date and time of access
  • name and URL of the file accessed
  • volume of data transferred
  • information on whether access was successful
  • identification data of the browser and operating system used
  • website from which access was made and
  • name of your internet access provider.

This data is processed in order to enable the use of the website (establishment of connection), the system security, the technical administration of the network infrastructure, and for the optimization of the offer. The IP address will only be taken into consideration in case of an attack on the network infrastructure of fslci.org. No personalized user profiles are generated. If we should at any time make use of our legal right to process user profiles within our Internet offer, we will notify you of your right to object. Except as provided in these Data Protection Rules, personalized data will not be processed unless you have explicitly consented to such further processing.

Processing and Use of Personal Data

Any processing or use of your personalized data will only occur within the legal framework, in particular for the purposes disclosed in each case such as in connection with the processing of donations for projects and only to the extent required for such purpose. The transmission of personalized data to public institutions or agencies shall only be made to the extent required by mandatory national laws or if such a transmission of information is required due to an attack on our network infrastructure and in order to pursue legal rights or support criminal investigations. The right of fslci.org to contract for the processing of data by third parties, in particular with the technical operator and provider of the platform, within the limits of the applicable legal provisions, remains unaffected. Under § 7 TDDSG and § 16 MDStV all registered users are entitled to see all individual data stored about them upon request. When registered users un-register or are expelled from fslci.org, their personal data will be deleted.

Consent to Further Use

The use of certain offers on our website, such as the newsletter, requires prior consent and further processing of personal data, such as the long-term storage of email address. Such data shall only be used, if you have transmitted it to us and consented to such use in advance.

  1. Newsletter
    In order to register with the newsletter service of fslci.org, the email address to which the newsletter shall be sent is the minimum piece of information required. You can cancel the subscription to any newsletter subscribed at any time as outlined at the bottom of the newsletter.
  2. Registration and Publication of Content
    When you register to become a member of the FSLCI, you automatically become also a user of the FSLCI Platform, where personal data is requested. On the form to fill out, required and optional data is clearly indicated. The data will be used by fslci.org exclusively for the purpose of the user relationship on the Platform. The use of the Platform, such as the publication of content on your profile page or the participation in project or online discussions generates further personalized data which will be stored and used for the purpose of making it accessible on the Platform. When registered users un-register, all individual contributions to our site (forum posts, blog posts, articles, etc.) will remain accessible to other users of the plattform.

Security

FSLCI e.V. has implemented technical and organizational security measures in order to protect the personal data administered by us against inadvertent or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction, and against unauthorized access. Our safety measures will be improved continuously in accordance with technological progress.

Cookies

In conformance with German law and the European Directive on the usage of cookies, we will only use session-cookies which store data regarding the technical session administration on your computer. This data will be deleted at the latest when your browser is closed. If in certain exceptional cases we wish to also incorporate personal data in a cookie, such as user identification, we will obtain your prior consent. You can prevent the storage of cookies by appropriately adjusting your browser settings. Yet disabling cookies can lead to a limitation of functionality of our offer.

Right to Information and Contact Data

You have a right to information regarding personal data stored with respect to you and in certain cases you have a right to correction of incorrect data and to protection of data against access and to deletion. If you wish to obtain information regarding your personal data or if you require corrections, protection against access or deletion or have any further questions regarding the use of your personal data, please write an email to [email protected].

Right to Revoke Consent

To the extent that the use of your personal data by fslci.org is based on your consent you can revoke such consent with effect for the future by notifying us in text form to our email address or by email to [email protected].

External Links

A link to external content merely facilitates access to that content. FSLCI e.V. does not generally approve of statements made on linked websites and is in no way responsible for the content on linked sites. This applies particularly to the links that registered users provide in their profiles or contributions to fslci.org. We constantly try to monitor the quality of all links to external content. However, by the very nature of the internet, content can change rapidly, and it is not possible to immediately react to content changes outside the pages of fslci.org. If you encounter any link from our pages to dubious external content, please inform us immediately via e-mail under [email protected].

Incorporation, Validity and Date of Data Protection Rules

These Data Protection Rules are currently in effect and dated as of March 31, 2015.

Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation e.V.

Neue Promenade 7
10178 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 914 35 115
e-mail: [email protected]

Legal Registration

Amtsgericht Berlin Charlottenburg
VR 33946 B

Tax Number 27/640/60295

Legal responsibility for content under § 10 Abs. 3 MDStV: Jim Fava, Guido Sonnemann and Philip Strothmann

Disclaimer

FSLCI e.V. is not responsible for the contents of any and all web pages reached from links provided by the FSLCI members. These links lead to pages outside of the FSLCI community platform and the FSLCI e.V. does not and cannot recognize their contents as its own.

CONTACT US

If you would like to get in touch with us, please feel free to send us a message. Thank you very much in advance.

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