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Best Companies Group’s Privacy Policy

Best Companies Group (BCG) is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding your right to privacy while using our websites, participating in our “Best” programs* and/or utilizing the other products offered by BCG (including BCG Services).

The BCG Workplace Assessment

The BCG workplace assessment process includes the collection, analysis, and evaluation of employee engagement, employer data, and other sensitive information. BCG will strongly uphold the highest levels of confidentiality through the entire process.

BCG will never release organization specific data gathered through the Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey to any third party, for any reason, without the advance written permission of the organization. However, BCG will use employee data collected through the BCG workplace assessment for the purposes of creating group-benchmarking reports, trending analysis, and presentation purposes.

For the sole purposes of publishing “Best” lists and special sections, BCG will provide the authorized media partner with employer information to assist with the development of the partner’s special publication, website, and/or recognition event. The partner will only receive information gathered by the Employer Benefits and Policies Questionnaire. Any such information used in a public forum will only reflect positively on the organization.

Should the BCG workplace assessments require the use of supplied employee email addresses, BCG will only use the employee email addresses for the purposes of sending the Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey and Pulse12 invitations. BCG will not sell or trade the email addresses to a third party for any reason. Submitted email addresses are retained for one year for the purposes of implementing Pulse12 surveys. After that time the addresses are deleted.

Information regarding the participation of any organization in BCG’s “Best” programs, in current or prior years, will not be released to any party, unless the organization has made one or more of the published “Best” lists.

Best Companies Group Website

BCG (including BCG Services) strives to be a resource for organizations wanting to learn about becoming better places to work. To that end, BCG has created a content driven site to help those who are just looking for information, or those who want to conduct employee engagement surveys independent of any of our “Best” programs.

Privacy Statement

We will maintain the privacy of our visitors as it relates to the use of our website. We will collect no personal information about individuals when they visit our website unless they choose to provide that information to us.

Personal Information

If individuals provide us with information about themselves via e-mail or our website, we will use the provided information only for the purposes described at the point of collection, such as to send information or to respond to questions or comments. If they provide contact information, Best Companies Group may contact them to clarify their comments or questions, or to learn about their satisfaction with our services.

We do not sell any personal information to third parties. We never collect information or create individual profiles for commercial or marketing purposes.

Information Collection and Stored Automatically

We automatically gather and store certain information from all our site visitors. This information does not identify them personally. This content consists of:

  1. The Internet domain and IP address from which individuals access our website
  2. The type of browser and operating system they use to access our site
  3. The date and time they access our site
  4. The BCG site pages they visit
  5. The address of the website that linked the visitor to our site

We use this information to make our site more useful to visitors and to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of materials they view. We do not track or record information about specific individuals and their visits.

Cookies

When individuals visit a page on the Best Companies Group website, the internet browser on their computer may download and save a small file, commonly called a “cookie,” from Best Companies Group so that the website can recognize individuals’ specific computers and browsers when they use Best Companies Group in the future. We use cookies to improve our website and to understand how the public navigates the site. We do not use cookies to track individuals’ interactions on websites outside of Best Companies Group.

Our website uses both single-session and multi-session cookies. We use single-session cookies for technical purposes, such as enabling better navigation through our website. We use multi-session cookies to anonymously track how visitors interact with our website, including where they came from, what they did on the site, and whether they completed any pre-determined tasks while on the site. These multi-session cookies do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII). Under the framework of the Office of Management and Budget’s “Guidance on Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technology” (OMB M-10-22), our multi-session cookies qualify as Tier II use.

We use a third-party analytics provider (e.g. Google Analytics) to analyze the data collected through the session and persistent metrics cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference Best Companies Group information with any other information.

For videos embedded in our website, a third-party video service provider (e.g. YouTube) sets a multi-session cookie when individuals click to play the video. The third-party provider also will store cookies on site visitors’ computer hard drives to maintain accurate statistics of video use and to customize the video service for individual users, among other things. Best Companies Group does not have control over these tracking functions.

As of January 1, 2013, content or functionality from third parties may be present on some Best Companies Group pages. For more information related to third-party tracking, please visit the individual privacy policies for the following groups:

  • Google Analytics
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Third-Party Websites and Applications

We use third-party websites and applications to publicize agency events, increase awareness of Best Companies Group programs, and interact with those interested in Best Companies Group Services. We do not use third-party websites and applications to solicit and collect personally identifiable information (PII) from individuals, and we do not transmit or store any PII collected by third party websites and applications. Unless required for law enforcement purposes or by statute, Best Companies Group will not disclose, sell, or transfer PII to any other entity.

External Links

We provide links from our website to external websites because they provide information that may interest our users. External links do not constitute an endorsement by Best Companies Group of the information, opinions, products, or services presented on the external website, or of any websites linked to it.

We do not guarantee that external websites comply with the requirements of Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act. We do not take responsibility for the legality or accuracy of information on externally linked websites, or for any costs incurred while using externally linked websites. We cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials in externally linked websites and do not take responsibility for transmissions users may receive from externally linked websites. Likewise, external websites have their own privacy policy, terms and conditions, which Best Companies Group does not control.

* “Best” programs refer to any program where BCG performs the workplace research to determine the final list of the “Best Places to Work,” “Best Employers,” “Best Companies to Work for,” or other city, state, national, or industry based preferred employer recognition program.

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