Privacy Statement

1.   Introduction

As Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), we would like to inform you about the management of your personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection laws.

This Privacy Statement aims to describe how we collect, process and secure your personal data.

Personal data is any information about yourself as an individual that can be linked to you or can be used to identify you. If we process your personal data you are entitled to know what personal data we collect, for which purposes, who has access and for how long we retain your personal data. Your personal data will not be processed otherwise than in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

This Privacy Statement is effective as of 9 April, 2020 and will be updated from time to time to reflect any changes in our processes, the way we handle your personal data or any changes in applicable laws. These updates will be made available on our website.

2.   Which data do we process ?

Depending on the relationship you have with us, SCS may process:

  • Your identification data: we may process the following personal data: your surname, first name, title, language, professional e-mail address and telephone number, in which city and country you are professionally based.
  • Information concerning your professional fields: e.g. your area of expertise, your CV, your publications, …
  • The SCS events to which you have subscribed, as well as your subscriptions to our publications (newsletter, press releases, etc.).
    We may also keep a record of any responses or comments relating to those events that you provide to us in the context of satisfaction surveys, or in relation to any complaints that you have addressed to us.
  • Your photo, if you have attended an SCS event and have given consent to your picture being taken during the event.

SCS may also receive information about you via third parties (other professional organisations, co-organisers, sponsors of our events, etc.). We may use this information to contact you in the framework of our activities.

3. For which purposes do we process these data?

  • If you are an employee, manager or consultant of an SCS member or an SCS working group member or of a company affiliated with an SCS member or an SCS working group member, we use these data in the context of the services provided by SCS to its members. Your data will be processed because you are a contact person of SCS. They are also processed for the organisation of the services provided by SCS to its members (e.g. communication, meetings, working groups and committees within the framework of SCS membership of your organisation or company). Your data will also be used to inform you about the activities and events organised by SCS, as well as about political, economic and legal news relevant to SCS, its member companies or the broader value chain.
  • If you are a person with whom SCS and its team members come into contact in the context of its mission and activities (e.g. media, members of the European Commission, of the European Parliament, of Council, Member States, academia, research institutes, technology providers, brand owners, retailers, converters, recyclers, NGOs, service providers, etc.), we will use this information in the context of the SCS’s mission to promote and represent the interests of its members.
  • If you have subscribed to our newsletters, we will process your data on the basis of your explicit consent and they will be processed to follow up on your subscription and any comments or complaints you may have.

You can withdraw your consent at any time without affecting the lawfulness of the prior processing. If consent is withdrawn, we will stop the corresponding data processing.

You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, e.g. via email or via the unsubscribe link, which you will find in every newsletter e-mail.

  • If you register for one of our events, the data you provide to us for this purpose will be processed with your consent for the following purposes:
    • the follow-up of your registration and any comments or complaints you may have in this context;
    • general event management, including accounting processing, management of disputes and legal procedures, the collection or transfer of claims and the protection of our rights in general;
    • for certain events, participants will receive a simplified list of participants with their names, first names and organisation;
    • your data will also be used to inform you about the other activities and events organised by SCS.
  • If you are an employee or consultant of an organisation or company that has a contractual relationship with SCS (e.g. a supplier), we use this information in the context of the execution of this contractual relationship. Your data will be processed:
    • for the follow-up of the order and of any comments or complaints you may have in this context;
    • for general customer and supplier management, including accounting processing, management of disputes and legal proceedings, the collection or transfer of claims and the protection of our rights in general.

4.   With whom may we share your data?

We may share your information with third parties, such as consultants and service providers we work with, as well as our auditors, our lawyers etc.

We may also need to share your personal data with a regulator, competent law enforcement body, government agency, court or other third party to (i) comply with the law; (ii) enforce the terms of a contract; and (iii) protect the rights, property, or safety of SCS or others.

5. Cookies

Currently, our website does not use cookies. If this changes in the future, we will adjust our Privacy Statement accordingly.

6.   Twitter

6.1. Joint Controllership

SCS has a Twitter account: []

If we receive any personal data from you via Twitter, we are jointly liable with Twitter as controllers for the processing activities concerning your personal data.

Any personal data you provide directly on Twitter such as comments, videos, pictures, likes, tweets etc. are published by Twitter, which primarily determines the purposes and means of the processing activities, which we can influence only to a limited extent. Where we can, we will however be as compliant as possible with applicable data protection rules.

With regards to the receipt of the statistics provided by Twitter, this may only be influenced by us to a limited extent and we do not possess the means to deactivate them completely. However, we make sure that no additional optional statistics are made available to us.

6.2. Purpose

Any processing of your personal data by us on our social media sites is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR which refers to processing done in the interest of public relations and communication. As part of this processing we may:

– Communicate with you via Twitter;
– Share your content on Twitter.

At no time is your personal data used or processed by us for any other purposes than defined herein.

If you wish to object to a particular processing, please contact us via email.  Following our examination of your request, we will determine whether we are able to respond to your request. If we are unable to fulfill your request using our own means, we will forward it to Twitter.

6.3. Data Processing by Twitter

Twitter uses web tracking methods. Web tracking may also take place independently of whether or not you are logged in or registered on Twitter. Unfortunately, we cannot influence or restrict these web tracking methods.

Please be aware that Twitter may use your profile and behavioral data to evaluate, among other things, your habits, personal relationships and preferences. We have no influence on this processing of your personal data.

Further information on the processing conducted by Twitter, including information concerning your rights as a user, can be found in their data protection policy

7. General Information

7.1. Retention

If not otherwise specified in the below sections, we will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary, i.e. for an ongoing relationship with you, in order to comply with our legal and contractual obligations. We maintain specific records management and retention policies and procedures, so that personal data are deleted after a reasonable time.

When we no longer require the processing of your data, we will also notify any third party data processor to delete your personal data.

7.2. Your Rights

When we process your personal data, you are entitled (in the circumstances and under the conditions, and subject to the exceptions, set out in applicable data protection laws) to:

  • Request access – This right entitles you to know whether we hold and process personal data about you and, if we do, to obtain information on and a copy of that personal data.
  • Request a rectification – This right entitles you to have your personal data corrected without undue delay if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Object to the processing – This right entitles you to request that we no longer process your personal data at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation. We will then no longer process your personal data, unless there are demonstrably compelling legitimate grounds for processing, which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the person concerned, or the processing serves the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims.
  • Request the erasure – This right entitles you to request the erasure of your personal data without undue delay, including where such personal data would no longer be necessary to achieve the purposes.
  • Request the restriction of the processing – This right entitles you to request that we only processes your personal data in limited circumstances, including with your consent, or to restrict it to mere storage, e.g. if you revoke consent.
  • Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority – Although we always invite you to address your concerns with us directly, this right entitles you to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority if you consider the processing of the data concerning you infringes data protection regulations.

7.3. Recipients including Data Transfers to Third Countries (Non-EU Countries)

We may in exceptional circumstances share your personal data with/ transfer your personal data to recipients in third countries outside of the EU. In each case, we ensure an adequate level of personal data protection through technical and organizational measures in compliance with relevant data protection laws, including, yet not limited to the GDPR.

If and when personal data is transferred outside the EU / EEA or to third parties, we will ensure that the recipients offer an adequate level of data protection. We will regularly audit our processors.

7.4. Data Security

SCS maintains reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic and procedural safeguards, in accordance with data protection laws, to protect personal data from being manipulated, lost, destroyed or accessed by unauthorized persons. Where data is passed on to external service providers, SCS has taken technical and organizational measures to ensure that the data protection regulations are observed. 

7.5. Contact

If you have a general question about how we protect your personal data, if you wish to make a complaint about our use of your personal data or if you wish to exercise your rights in relation to your personal data rights, please contact us at: SCS is an international not for profit association (AISBL/IVZW) incorporated under the law of Belgium with its registered address at Belliardstraat 40, 1040 Etterbeek, Belgium.