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data protection

The Public Value Award for Start-ups is organized by Forum Gemeinwohl e.V. (non-profit). This website is also operated by Forum Gemeinwohl. 


The protection of your personal data during your visit to our website is important to us. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.


With this data protection declaration, we inform you in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to only as "DSGVO") in particular about the type, scope, purpose, duration and legal basis of the processing of personal data, insofar as we decide either alone or jointly with others on the purposes and means of the processing. In addition, we inform you about the third-party components we use for optimization purposes and to increase the quality of use, insofar as third parties process data on their own responsibility.

Personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") is any data with which you can be personally identified. They are processed by us only as necessary and for the purpose of providing a functional and user-friendly website, including its content and the services offered there. According to Art. 4 No. 1. of Regulation (EU) 2016/679, i.e. the GDPR, "processing" means any operation or set of operations which is performed upon personal data, whether or not by automatic means, such as collection, recording, organization, filing, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

We point out that data transmission over the Internet (eg communication by e-mail) security gaps. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible.


The privacy policy is structured as follows:


I.    Information about us as the responsible party

II.   Information about data collection and data processing

III. rights of users and data subjects


I. Information about us as responsible


Responsible for data processing is​:

Forum Gemeinwohl e.V. (gemeinnützig)

Eduard Frantz (2. Vorsitzender)

c/o HHL Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspsychologie und Führung

Jahnallee 59

04109 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 9851710

E-Mail: kontakt[at]



We are not obliged to appoint our own data protection officer.

II. Information on data acquisition and data processing

Your data processed when using our website will only be stored for as long as is necessary. As soon as the purpose of the storage no longer applies, the deletion of the data does not conflict with any statutory retention obligations and no other information is provided below on individual processing procedures, we delete or block the data.

1. Server data/log or server log files

Already with a simple call of our Internet presence, information about the access by your Internet browser is transmitted to us or to our web space provider. This is done for technical reasons, in particular to ensure a secure and stable Internet presence. With these so-called server log files, among other things, the type and version of your Internet browser, the operating system, the website from which you have accessed our Internet presence (referrer URL), the website(s) of our Internet presence that you visit, the date and time of the respective access as well as the IP address of the Internet connection from which the use of our Internet presence takes place are collected. The data collected in this way is temporarily stored, but not together with other data from you.


Our website is hosted by Ltd, 40 Namal Tel Aviv St., Tel Aviv 6350671, Israel (hereinafter referred to as on behalf of the Association. We are therefore users of, so when you use our homepage, you are a "user of users" for the purposes of Wix takes physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect the personal information of its users and website visitors. Please review's Privacy Policy, which is available here:


When visiting our website, servers automatically store the above information sent by the browser (server log files) when this page is visited. This storage takes place on the legal basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest lies in the improvement, stability, functionality and security of our website. The data is not passed on or used in any other way.

The data is automatically deleted again after seven days at the latest, insofar as no further storage is required for evidence purposes. Otherwise, the data is exempt from deletion in whole or in part until final clarification of an incident. has a data retention policy that applies to storage of personal data. To learn more, visit or direct your question to is based in Israel, which is considered by the European Commission to provide adequate protection for personal data of citizens from EU member states. The registered office in Europe is: Luxembourg S.a.r.l., 5 Rue Guillaume Kroll, L - 1882 Luxembourg. EU Data Protection Regulation inquiries can be directed to is a certified participant in the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and is committed to handling all personal data contained by European Union (EU) member states under the Privacy Shield Framework in accordance with its applicable principles. For more information about the Privacy Shield Framework, please visit the U.S. Department of Commerce's Privacy Shield List at []. is responsible for processing Personal Data received under the Privacy Shield Framework and then transferring it to a third party acting on behalf of as an agent on its behalf. acts in accordance with the Privacy Shield Principles in any onward transfer of Personal Data from the EU, including the onward transfer liability provisions.

With respect to Personal Data contained or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Framework, is subject to the regulatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In certain situations, may be required to disclose Personal Data in response to a government order, including to comply with national security or law enforcement regulations.

2. Cookies

With this Cookie Policy, the Website Operator informs the Website User about the use of cookies or similar storage technologies (hereinafter "Cookies") on this Website.

2.1 What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by the web browser on the user's terminal device to store certain information. The next time our website is called up with the same end device, the information stored in cookies is sent back to our website ("first party cookie") or another website to which the cookie belongs ("third party cookie").

Through the information stored in the cookie and sent back, the respective website recognizes that the user has already called up and visited it with the web browser of his end device. We use this information to optimally display the website to the user according to his or her preferences.

However, only the cookie itself is identified on the end device. Any further storage of personal data only takes place if the user gives us his explicit consent or if this storage is absolutely necessary in order to be able to use the service offered and accessed.

2.2 Types of Cookies


Temporary cookies are used when calling up individual pages. This makes our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. These session cookies do not contain any personal data and are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after you close your browser.

Through these cookies, certain information from you, such as your browser or location data or your IP address, is processed to an individual extent.  

The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit b.) DSGVO, insofar as these cookies data are processed for contract initiation or contract execution.

If the processing does not serve the purpose of initiating or executing a contract, our legitimate interest lies in improving the functionality of our website. The legal basis is then Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO.


Persistent Cookies

​Persistent cookies initially remain on your computer in order to recognize your browser and certain settings on your next visit. If cookies are set, they collect and process certain user information such as browser and location data and IP address values to an individual extent. Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period of time, which may vary depending on the cookie.

Third party cookies

Where applicable, we integrate third-party services (plugins) on our website that pray certain functionalities (e.g. Google Maps, YouTube, etc.). In this context, "third-party cookies" are also stored on your hard drive when you visit our website.

In the further course of the data protection declaration (section 3: Third-party providers), you will be informed separately about the use of such cookies and the scope of the information collected in each case. We have no influence on the cookies and privacy settings of these services or organizations and expressly point out that our third-party services are subject solely to their respective cookie and privacy policies.


Please note that when visiting our website, you have the option to prevent the storage of such third-party cookies (section 2.4 Consent, deactivation or deletion of cookies). You can also set your browser in such a way that you are informed about the setting of cookies and can decide individually about their acceptance or exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general. For more information, read section Consent, deactivation or deletion of cookies.


If personal data is also processed by individual cookies implemented by us, the processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO to protect our legitimate interests in the best possible functionality of the website and a customer-friendly and effective design of the site visit.


On All About Cookies you can find comprehensive information about cookies and cookie management.

2.3 Categories of used cookies

Depending on the purpose and function, we divide the cookies used by the website into the following categories:

  • Absolutely necessary cookies;

  • Funktional cookies;

  • Analytical cookies;

  • Marketing cookies


Essential Cookies

Essential cookies ensure that this website, or the service, functions properly. That is, without these cookies, this website, respectively the service, cannot be used as intended. This type of cookies is used exclusively by the operator of the website (first party cookies) and all information stored in the cookies is sent only to this website. states the following essential cookies. You can also understand this at the following link:

Name of the Cookies / Purpose / Duration / Type of the Cookies

XSRF-TOKEN / Used for security reasons / Session / Essential

hs / Used for security reasons / Session / Essential

svSession / Used in connection with user login / Session / Essential

SSR-caching / Used to indicate the system from which the website was rendered / 1 minute / Essential

_wixCIDX / Used for system monitoring/troubleshooting / 3 months / Essential

_wix_browser_sess / Used for system monitoring/troubleshooting / Session / Essential

consent-policy / Used for cookie banner parameters / 12 months / Essential

smSession / Used to identify logged in website members / Session / Essential

TS* / Used for security and anti-fraud purposes / Session / Essential

bSession / Used for measuring system effectiveness / 30 minutes / Essential

fedops.logger.sessionId. / Used for measuring system effectiveness / 12 months / Essential

The use of strictly necessary cookies on this website is possible without the consent of the user. For this reason, absolutely necessary cookies cannot be individually disabled or enabled. This function is only available for cookies requiring consent, i.e. functional cookies, performance cookies and marketing / third party / consent cookies. However, the user has the option to generally deactivate cookies in his browser at any time (see item "Deactivation or deletion of all cookies").

The legal basis for the use of first party cookies is a legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of this website and services) within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO.


Funktional Cookies

Functional cookies enable this website to store information provided, such as the user name or language selection, and to offer the user improved and personalized functions based on this information. These cookies only collect and store anonymized information.

The following functional cookies are used on our website:

Name of the Cookies / Purpose / Duration / Type of the Cookies

wixLanguage / Wird auf mehrsprachigen Websites verwendet, um die Sprache des Nutzers zu speichern / 12 Monate / Funktional


The legal basis for the use of functional cookies is a legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of this website and services) within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO.


Analytical Cookies

Analytical cookies collect information about how our websites are used in order to improve their attractiveness, content and functionality based on this information. These cookies help us to determine, for example, whether and which subpages of our website are visited and which content users are particularly interested in. We record the number of times a page is accessed, the number of sub-pages accessed, the time spent on our website, the order of the pages visited, which search terms led our users to us, the country, region and, if applicable, the city from which access is made, as well as the proportion of mobile devices accessing our websites. The IP address of a computer transmitted for technical reasons is automatically anonymized and does not allow us to draw any conclusions about the individual user.

The user of the website also has the right to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her which is carried out for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89 (1) of the GDPR. To exercise these and other data subject rights, a data subject may at any time contact the contact address indicated in the imprint or in the privacy policy.


Marketing Cookies

Marketing cookies come from external advertising companies, among others, and are used to collect information about the websites visited by the user, for example, to create targeted advertisements for the user.

2.4 Consent, deactivation or deletion of cookies

Cookies that are not strictly necessary to provide the services on this website (third-party cookies) will only be used after consent has been given. By continuing to actively use this website after the cookie banner has been displayed, the user consents to the use of cookies.

The user can adjust his cookie settings individually when loading the page, for example by activating or deactivating individual cookie categories.


Ways to disable or eliminate cookies

You can prevent or restrict the installation of cookies by setting your Internet browser. Likewise, you can delete already stored cookies at any time. However, the steps and measures required for this depend on your specific Internet browser used. We have linked corresponding instructions further below. If you have further questions, please use the help function or documentation of your Internet browser or contact its manufacturer or support. In the case of so-called Flash cookies, however, processing cannot be prevented via the browser settings. Instead, you must change the settings of your Flash player. The steps and measures required for this also depend on the specific Flash player you use. If you have any questions, please also use the help function or documentation of your Flash player or contact the manufacturer or user support.

However, if you prevent or restrict the installation of cookies, this may mean that not all functions of our website can be fully used.

The following links explain how to access cookie settings in different browsers:


3. Third-party provider

3.1 Google Analytics Addition

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). The provider of Google Analytics is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Through the certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield ("EU-US Privacy Shield") Google guarantees that the data protection requirements of the EU are also complied with when processing data in the USA.

The Google Analytics service is used to analyze the usage behavior of our website. The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest lies in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our website.

In the event that IP anonymization is activated on this website, however, your IP address will be truncated beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data from Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

Google states that it will not associate your IP address with any other data. For more information on terms of use and data protection, please refer to the Google Analytics Terms and Conditions or the Google Analytics Overview. We would like to point out that on this website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "gat._anonymizeIp();" to ensure anonymized collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).

3.2  Google reCAPTCHA

On our website, we use Google reCAPTCHA to check and prevent interactions on our website by automated access, e.g. by so-called bots. This is a service of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, hereinafter referred to as "Google".

Through certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield ("EU-US Privacy Shield"), Google guarantees that EU data protection requirements are also complied with when processing data in the USA.

Through this service, Google can determine from which website a request is sent as well as from which IP address you use the so-called reCAPTCHA input box. In addition to your IP address, Google may also collect other information that is necessary for offering and guaranteeing this service.


The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO. Our legitimate interest lies in the security of our website and in the defense against unwanted, automated access in the form of spam or similar.

Google provides further information on the general handling of your user data at

3.3  YouTube

On some of our Internet pages, we also directly integrate videos stored on YouTube. With this integration, content from the YouTube website is displayed in parts of a browser window. However, the YouTube videos are only called up by clicking on them separately. This technique is also called "framing". When you call up a (sub-)page of our website on which YouTube videos are embedded in this form, a connection is established to the YouTube servers and the content is displayed on the website by informing your browser.

YouTube content is only integrated in "extended data protection mode". YouTube itself provides this mode and thus ensures that YouTube does not initially save any cookies on your device. However, when you call up the relevant pages, the IP address and the other data mentioned in section 4 are transmitted and thus, in particular, you are informed which of our Internet pages you have visited. However, this information cannot be assigned to you unless you have logged in to YouTube or another Google service (e.g. Google+) before accessing the page or are permanently logged in.

As soon as you start the playback of an embedded video by clicking on it, YouTube only stores cookies on your device through the extended privacy mode, which do not contain any personally identifiable data, unless you are currently logged in to a Google service. These cookies can be prevented by appropriate browser settings and extensions.

Address and link to the privacy policy of the third party provider:

Google/YouTube: Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland – Datenschutzerklärung:, Opt-Out:, Privacy Shield:

3.4  Facebook & Twitter

We currently use the following social media plug-ins:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter


The plug-ins and associated social media are offers from third parties not affiliated with us.

When you use our website, no personal data is therefore initially passed on to the providers of the plug-ins. You can recognize the provider of the plug-in by the design of the respective button and by the text on a mouse-over. Only if you click on one of the buttons, personal data will be transmitted: By activating a button, data is automatically transmitted to the respective plug-in provider and stored there (in the case of US providers, in the USA). We have no influence on the collected data and data processing operations, nor are we aware of the full extent of the data collection, the purposes and the storage periods. The plug-in providers collect the data in particular via cookies.

When you activate a button, the plug-in provider receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data mentioned under point 4 of this declaration is transmitted. This occurs regardless of whether you have an account with this plug-in provider and are logged in there. If you are logged in to the plug-in provider, this data is directly assigned to your account. If you click the activated button and, for example, link to the page, the plug-in provider also saves this information in your user account and shares this publicly with your contacts. If you do not want the assignment to your profile with the plug-in provider, you must log out before activating the button.

For more information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the plug-in provider, please refer to the data protection declarations of these providers provided below. There you will also find information about your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy.

3.5  123FormBuilder

For the application of companies for the Award we use the function of the third-party provider 123formbuilder (123FormBuilder, Flavia Palace, Vladimirescu n° 10, Ground Floor 300195, Timisoara, Romania, EU).

For the provision of the service, 123FormBuilder stores the information provided on Amazon AWS servers in the US or Europe. Amazon AWS is a certified participant in the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework. Amazon AWS is committed to handling all personal data received from European Union (EU) member states and Switzerland, respectively, under the Privacy Shield Framework in accordance with its applicable principles. For more information about the Privacy Shield Framework, please visit the U.S. Department of Commerce's Privacy Shield List at

123FormBuilder provides its services in a DGSVO compliant manner and takes appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data. All your form entries can only be used by the account holder (us) and are protected from misuse, interference and loss as well as unauthorized access, modification and disclosure by 256-bit SSL encryption. 

For more information, please visit the following links:

Technical and organizational measures:


Cookie Guideline:

By using the application form, you agree to this Privacy Policy, including the collection and processing of your personal data as explained above. 

4. Communication with us


If you contact us via the contact form or by e-mail, your information will be stored for processing the request and for any follow-up questions. We point out that this information is transmitted unencrypted. Your data will not be passed on without your consent.

5. SSL and TLS encryption


For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content (e.g. in the application form for sponsoring membership) that you send to us as the site operator, this site uses SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

6. Newsletter


To register for our newsletter offered on the website, we require an e-mail address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified e-mail address and agree to receive the newsletter. We use this data exclusively for the purpose of using the newsletter service and do not pass it on to third parties.

You can revoke your consent to the storage and processing of your personal data and for receiving the newsletter at any time. The revocation can be done by pressing the link "unsubscribe" inserted in each newsletter.

III. Rights of users and data subjects


You have the right to obtain information about the personal data concerning you, including any recipients and the planned storage period, and to revoke any consent given with effect for the future. You can also request the correction of incorrect data. If the legal requirements are met, you may request the deletion or restriction of processing as well as object to processing (Art. 17, 18 and 21 DS-GVO). In addition, under certain conditions, you have the right to erasure of data, the right to restriction of data processing and the right to data portability. The processing of your data is based on legal regulations. Only in exceptional cases do we require your consent. In these cases, you have the right to revoke your consent for future processing. You also have the right to complain to a competent supervisory authority for data protection if you believe that the processing of your personal data is not lawful.

The address of the supervisory authority in Saxony is:

Sächsischer Datenschutzbeauftragter
Postfach 11 01 32                                                                                  
01330 Dresden

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