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Disclaimer and Terms of Use

Disclosures Required by Swiss Law
Forbo Holding Ltd
Lindenstrasse 8
CH-6340 Baar
Switzerland
Telephone +41 58 787 25 25
Fax +41 58 787 20 25
E-Mail: info@forbo.com

Terms of Use and Liability Waiver

General information
Any access and use of the Internet presence www.forbo.com («Website») of Forbo Holding Ltd («Forbo»), shall be governed by these terms («Terms of Use»). Forbo reserves the right to change the Terms of Use at any time and without any prior notification.

By visiting this Website, you («you» or the «User») agree to these Terms of Use.

Liability disclaimer
This Website and its content – i.e. anything you read, hear or see on it, are designated for the purpose of providing information only. Forbo strives to make certain that the information published on the Website is correct and up-to-date, however, it cannot assume any warranties for the Website or its content. This means in particular that any and all warranties for the conciseness, completeness, legality, topicality, usability or correctness of the information it contains or of any information it provides links to, are excluded. Moreover, Forbo does not guarantee that accessing this Website will be without problems or that your access will not be interrupted.

Forbo does not have any obligation to remove obsolete information from the Website or to update or correct the former. Forbo also reserves the right to amend, expand or otherwise adjust the content of its Website at any time without any prior notice.

Exclusion of liability
Forbo shall assume liability for damages caused to you or third parties by bodies of Forbo as a result of intentional or grossly negligent bad conduct or as a result of an intentional or grossly negligent omission; however, it shall assume such liability only within the scope of what is mandated by applicable laws. Any further liability, namely any liability for conduct other than intentional or grossly negligent misconduct or omissions, or for any damages caused by assisting agents (which shall include contractors or employees) shall be excluded completely. Any use of the Website shall occur at the User’s own risk.

External links
The Forbo Website may contain links to third party websites. Forbo does not have any control over the content or websites of third parties and consequently does not make any warranties for the legality, correctness, usability, topicality or completeness of said content or websites. Forbo is not liable for third party content or websites or for any websites that provide links to the Forbo Website or display same in Frames.

Social bookmarks
Social bookmarks that are identified by the respective logo are being used on the Forbo Website. Users of certain social media platforms are able to use these social bookmarks to place links of selected Forbo sites into their profiles in order to mark them up or to share the respective page with their contacts. Whenever you click on social bookmarks, you are sending identifying data to the respective social media platform. Individuals who share Forbo messages/information using the social bookmarks are not authorized to speak on behalf of Forbo or to represent Forbo. They publish their own views and opinions. Moreover, the provisions set forth in these Terms of Use with regard to external links also apply to social bookmarks.

Intellectual property rights
Contents of this website, namely images, videos, image and word trademarks, statement logos, graphic logos, graphic art, copy, press releases and other information, are protected by applicable copyrights and other laws aiming at the protection of intellectual property rights. The reproduction, transmission or any other use of part or the entire content or the layout of this Website in the absence of the prior written consent of Forbo Corporate Communications is prohibited. Any such consent granted by Forbo may be withdrawn by Forbo at any time without Forbo becoming liable for any reimbursements or costs.

Data privacy
If you should decide to make your personal data available to Forbo, you agree that this data will be transmitted without prior encryption and that Forbo shall have the right to store and utilize said data in compliance with Forbo’s Data Privacy Provisions. Detailed information as to the protection of your privacy can be found in the Data Privacy Declaration provided hereinafter.

Data transmission security
The Internet is a global requirement. By using the Website or by communicating with us via e-mail, a contact form or similar means, you consent to the unencrypted transmission of all data you intend to send to Forbo. Any data sent through these channels is neither confidential nor secure; it may be lost or viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties and may travel beyond national boundaries. Due to the operational set-up of the Internet and the system immanent risks, all data transmissions initiated by you do occur at your own risk. Other provisions apply only in the event that Forbo offers you an option for encrypted transmission. By contacting Forbo electronically, you authorize Forbo to correspond with you electronically as well.

Forbo shall not assume any liability to you or others for damages that arise in conjunction with messages sent to and from Forbo via e-mail or any other electronic message transmission system.

Governing law
Any and all disputes arising from or in conjunction with the use of this Website shall be governed by Swiss Law and shall be settled only by the courts at the headquarters domicile of Forbo in Baar (Switzerland) subject to the exclusion of the colliding laws provisions.

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Data Protection

General information
The Internet presentation under forbo.com («Website») is being operated by Forbo Holding Ltd («Forbo»). This Data Privacy Declaration governs the way Forbo collects, uses and maintains information on users of the Website.

If you use this Website you automatically consent to Forbo’s collection, processing and usage of the personal information about you listed below for the purposes stipulated herein. This consent may be revoked by you at any time for any future applicability of the aforementioned.

Information Forbo will collect
Forbo may collect personal user data in various ways, for instance if you visit the Website, subscribe to a newsletter or in conjunction with any other activities, services, functions or resources Forbo makes available on the Website.

Forbo shall not make any efforts to identify you and shall collect personal data of yours only if you share such information with Forbo voluntarily. You do have the option to visit the Website anonymously. Nonetheless, Forbo may collect information about you whenever you are interacting with the Website or respond to newsletters or mailings sent by Forbo. In the event that you should register for a protected area, Forbo may ask you to send specific personal information to you so that Forbo can manage the user relationship.

While you are visiting the Website, for technical reasons, certain information will also be registered by Forbo’s server automatically. In this context, your IP address may be stored or the server will register the operating system you are working with, what your language setting are or which browser you are using and which of the pages of the Website you are visiting. Principally, Forbo also registers the website from which you have landed on its Website.

Cookies
In order to be able to offer you Forbo’s services, Forbo has to use cookies on the Website.

You do have the option to prevent the storage or installation of cookies by adjusting your server settings accordingly. However, Forbo does emphasize that in this case you may not be able to fully use all of the functions on this Website. More information about cookies can be found in the declaration on Cookies below.

Use of the information collected by Forbo
Forbo shall use the information collected from you exclusively for the purpose of offering its goods and services and to align the Website with your specific needs and to be able to optimize it on a continuous basis. Certain information is also collected for statistical purposes, also with a focus on the optimization of the Website and its further development.

Sharing of personal information
In the absence of your express consent, Forbo shall not sell, exchange or share any of the collected information to/with third parties. However, in the scope defined below, Forbo does reserve the right to share the collected information with third parties: (i) Sharing with affiliated or controlled companies as well as sub-contractors, who are subject to this Data Privacy Declaration or who abide by principles that offer at a minimum the same protection as this Data Privacy Declaration; (ii) Sharing with service providers who administrate the Website or provide other services, such as the monitoring of web traffic or statistical analyses (analytical services such as Google Analytics). However, Forbo shall undertake to disclose only generic information that does not make it possible to identify our customers; (iii) For the protection of Forbo and third parties, collected information may be shared with third parties if a pertinent legal mandate requires it or if such sharing is necessary to enforce the Terms of Use or to protect the rights of Forbo or those of third parties.

Google analytics
This Website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service offered by Google Inc. («Google»). Google Analytics utilizes so-called «cookies», which are text files that are stored on your computer and that make it possible to analyze the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (along with your IP address) is sent to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored. Google will use the information to analyze your use of the website, to compile reports about website activities for the operators of the websites and to render other services associated with the website use and the use of the Internet. Google will also transfer the information to third parties if necessary and provided this is permitted under applicable laws. According to Google your IP address will never be connected to other Google data. You do have the option to prevent the installation of the cookies by making changes to your browser software settings, however, we have to point out that this may prevent you from using all of the functions of this Website in their entirety. By using this Website, you consent to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purpose. In order to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, you have the option to install a deactivation add-on for your browser. For details please go to:
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

If Google AdSense, a web advertising service of Google Inc., USA («Google») does post ads on this Website (text ads, banners, etc.) your browser may store a cookie sent by Google or a third party. The information stored in this cookie may be recorded, collected and analyzed by Google or third parties. Moreover, to collect information, Google AdSense also uses so-called «WebBacons» (small, invisible graphics), the use of which makes it possible to record, collect and analyze simple activities, such as the visitor traffic to the Website. The information about the use of this Website generated by the cookie and/or Web Bacon is transferred to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored.

Google uses the information obtained to conduct an analysis of your user patterns with regard to the AdSense ads. Google may possibly transfer the information to third parties provided this is permitted under applicable laws. Google will not link your IP address to other data stored by Google. You may prevent the storage of cookies on your hard drive and the display of Web Bacons. To do this, you will have to select «No cookies accepted» in your browser settings (Internet Explorer users please go to «Extras/Internet Options/Data Privacy/Settings»; Firefox users, please go to «Extras/Settings/Data Privacy/Cookies»).

Social bookmarks
Social bookmarks that are identified by the respective logo are being used on the Forbo Website. Users of certain social media platforms are able to use these social bookmarks to place links of selected Forbo sites into their profiles in order to mark them up or to share the respective page with their contacts. Whenever you click on social bookmarks, you are sending identifying data to the respective social media platform. If you do not want to do this, you should not activate the social bookmarks. To find out more about the collection of data or processing and use of the former by social media platforms, please refer to the data privacy policies of the individual social media platforms.

Security measures
The collected personal information shall be guarded in compliance with the applicable data privacy standards. The related information is maintained at Forbo’s operating sites unless it is forwarded to third parties in compliance with the provisions defined above.

Forbo retains any collected personal information only for a reasonable period of time or as long as it is required to retain it by law. Collected information that is not personal is not subject to any restrictions.

Modification of this Data Privacy Declaration
Forbo reserves the right to modify this Data Privacy Declaration at any time. Forbo recommends that you review this Data Privacy Declaration at regular intervals so that you will always be aware of Forbo’s latest approach to the protection of your personal data. When you visit the Website, you also acknowledge that it is your responsibility to review this Data Privacy Declaration periodically and to find out about any changes that may have been made.

Governing law
Any and all disputes arising from or in conjunction with the use of this Website shall be governed by Swiss Law and shall be settled only by the courts at the headquarters domicile of Forbo in Baar (Switzerland) subject to the exclusion of the colliding laws provisions.

Questions regarding this Data Privacy Declaration
If you should have any questions related to this Data Privacy Declaration, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time via e-mail: communications@forbo.com.

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Cookies

Cookies

What are cookies?
As is common practice with almost all professional websites, also this Forbo site uses cookies. Cookies are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This document describes what information they gather, how they are used and why it is necessary to sometimes store these cookies and how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the site’s functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on
HTTP cookies

How Forbo uses cookies
Forbo uses cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to the site. It is recommended to leave on all cookies if you are unsure whether they are needed or not in case they provide a service that is in use.

Disabling cookies
The setting of cookies can be prevented by adjusting the settings on the browser. Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that are visited. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionalities and features of this site. Therefore, it is recommended to not disable cookies.

The cookies Forbo sets
When creating an account with Forbo, Forbo will use cookies for the management of the sign-up process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when logging out. However, in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.

Forbo uses cookies when you are logged-in to remember this fact. It prevents users from having to log in every time visiting a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when logging out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

This site offers e-commerce facilities. Some cookies are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages so that Forbo can process it properly.

From time to time, Forbo offers user surveys and questionnaires to receive feedback and understand the needs of Forbo's website visitor base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide accurate results after changing pages.

When submitting data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember user details for future correspondence.

In order to create a great experience on this site, Forbo provides the functionality to set user preferences. In order to remember the preferences, Forbo needs to set cookies to re-call them.

Third party cookies
In some special cases, Forbo also uses cookies provided by trusted third parties. Please find below some third party cookies users might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web. It helps Forbo to understand how the site is used and how to improve the user experience. These cookies may track things such as how long users spend on the site and the pages visited so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

This site uses an Investis service to display share information.

Forbo also uses social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow users to connect with their social network in various ways. Social media sites including Facebook and Twitter will set cookies through the Forbo site. These may be used to enhance the profile on their site or to contribute to data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Additional information
It is generally recommended to leave cookies enabled to create a great user experience. However, if you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us: communications@forbo.com.

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