The legal entity responsible in the sense of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws in member states as well as further data protection regulations is:

Steinbeis 2i GmbH
Leuschnerstr. 43
70176 Stuttgart, Germany
Fon: +49 711 25242000
E-Mail: info@steinbeis-europa.de


Statutory data protection officer: We have appointed a data protection officer for our company, namely
Robert Gohla
Steinbeis 2i GmbH
Leuschnerstr. 43
70176 Stuttgart, Germany
Fon: +49 711 25242000
E-Mail: info@steinbeis-europa.de


In general, we collect and process personal data concerning our users only insofar as it is necessary to provide a functioning website for our contents and service. The collection and use of the personal data concerning our users is reviewed regularly but only with the consent of the user concerned. There is one exception in those cases where it is not possible to obtain prior consent for practical reasons and the processing of the data is allowed by legal regulations.

Art. 6 §1 a) of the EU-Data Protection Basic Regulations (DSGVO) serves as the legal basis for processing personal data insofar as we obtain prior consent from the person concerned for processing personal data concerning them.
Art. 6 §1 b) DSGVO serves as the legal basis when processing personal data necessary to comply with a contract to which the data subject is party. This is also true for the processing necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures.
Art. 6 §1 c) DSGVO serves as the legal basis should it be necessary to process person-related data to comply with legal obligations to which our company is subject.
Art. 6 §1 d) DSGVO serves as the legal basis should vital interests of the person concerned or another natural person make person-related processing necessary.
Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO is to serve as the legal basis for the processing should the processing be necessary for the protection of a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and should the interests, civil rights and fundamental freedoms of the person concerned not outweigh the first mentioned interest.

The personal data of the person concerned will be deleted or blocked as soon as the original purpose for storing the data no longer exists. Further storage of the data may be permitted beyond that if provision has been made for this by the European Commission or national legislation in European Union regulations, laws or other requirements to which the responsible service provider is subject. The blocking or erasure of the data also occurs if the retention period covered by one of the standards already mentioned has expired unless necessity for further data storage for concluding or fulfilling a contract exists.


Every time our internet website is contacted, our system registers the automated data and information of the computer system of the visiting computer.
The following data will be collected on this occasion:
– Information about the type of browser and the version used
– The user’s operating system
– The user’s IP address
– The date and time of access
The data is also stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored in connection with any other personal data of the user.

The legal basis for temporarily storing the data and the log files is Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO.

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to allow the website to be delivered to the user’s computer. To do this, the user’s IP address has to be stored for the duration of the session.
The log file storage is to ensure the website functions properly. In addition, the data serves to optimise the website and to ensure the safety of our information technology systems. The data is not evaluated for marketing purposes in this connection.
For these purposes, our interest in processing the data is justified according to Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO.

The data is erased as soon as the purpose for its collection has been achieved and it is no longer needed. As far as collecting the data in order to deliver the website is concerned, this is as soon as the individual session is over.
In the case of data storage in log files, this is the case after 180 days at the latest. Storing the data over and above this period is possible. In this case, the user’s IP addresses are deleted or distorted so that it is no longer possible to assign them to the client visiting the website.

The collection of data to provide access to the website and the storage of data in log files is mandatory for operating the website. Consequently the user is not able to appeal against it.


Our websites use Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
For this service, Google uses so-called “cookies“, that is, text files which are then stored on the user’s computer to allow his/her use of the website to be analysed. As a rule, the following information is generated by the cookie about how the website is used
– type and version of browser,
– operating system used,
– referrer-URL (the website previously visited),
– host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
– time of server request,
and this is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The website also uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()” so that data can only be processed anonymously. Here the IP address is shortened by the last 3 digits so that it is no longer possible to identify the IP address exactly. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
Google uses this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of our website in order to compile reports about website activities and to provide other services in connection with the use of the website and the website activities of connected services. Google will also pass on this information where appropriate to third parties as far as this is prescribed by law or as far as third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Google will not make any connection between your IP address and any other Google data. This procedure also covers our own justified interest in the processing of personal data according to Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO.
The data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 §1 p.1 f) DSGVO. The data is automatically erased after its statistic evaluation and within 160 days at the latest.
It is possible for you to prevent the installation and storage of cookies by making the appropriate adjustment to your browser software. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to make complete use of all of the functions provided by this website.
Furthermore, you can prevent Google’s acquisition of the cookie-generated data and the data relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:
As an alternative to the browser add-on, it is also possible to prevent data acquisition by Google Analytics especially from browsers in mobile devices by installing an opt-out cookie in your browser which prevents the future acquisition of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie can only be used in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, then you have to re-install the opt-out cookie.
Installing Google Analytics Opt-Out Cookie
By using the website you agree to the processing of data concerning you acquired by Google in the manner described previously and for the aforementioned purpose. Further information about Google Analytics is to be found in the internet under the following link of the manufacturer Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.


There is a contact email address on our website which can be used for contacting us electronically, namely info@invest4nature.eu. If a user takes advantage of this contact email, the entered information will be transmitted to us and stored. In addition the following data is stored when the message is transmitted: the date and time it was sent.
In this context, no data will be passed on to a third party. The data will be only used for the further processing of the mail contact.

The legal basis for processing data arising when a message is transmitted to us is Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO as well as Art. 6 §1 b) DSGVO.

Processing personal data concerning you in the e-mail serves solely to contact you and process your enquiry.
The other personal data processed when the e-mail is transmitted only serves to prevent abuse of the contact email and to ensure the safety of our information technology system and this provides the necessary justified interest for the processing of the data.

The data is erased as soon as it is no longer needed to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. This is the case for personal data transmitted by e-mail when the contact or e-mail conversation with the user is over.

The user can at any time revoke his consent to processing personal data. If the user contacts us by e-mail, he may at any time object to the storage of personal data concerning him. In such a case it is not possible to continue the e-mail conversation.
Both in this connection as well as for other questions dealing with personal data concerning them, users may contact us at any time under the address given in Paragraph 1 of this declaration or, preferably, they can send a direct message to info@invest4nature.eu.
In this case, all personal data stored during this contact will be erased.


Via our social media pages (Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube), we also provide you with extensive personal support and the ability to stay in contact with us. These social media services also collect their own personal data, for example via the profile you created there or via so-called social plug-ins which are implemented in websites of third parties.
If you send us an enquiry using one of these social media, it will be treated confidentially. The data will only be used for answering your question.
To be able to contact us via social media, you have to register yourself with these services. When you do this, the company responsible for the service in question will also collect, store and use personal data. We have no influence on the kind of data, the scope and the processing of this data. The same is also true for pictures/videos uploaded into social media. Please note that the rights for these where applicable are also transferred to the social media services. The details are to be found in the terms of the privacy policy and terms of use of the respective provider.

VIII. Newsletter

If you would like to receive our Invest4Nature Project Newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or if so, it is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
We will, therefore, process any data you send to us only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted.
This website uses MailChimp to send newsletters. The supplier is The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308 USA. MailChimp is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. The data you provide (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter will be stored on MailChimp servers in the USA.
Sending our newsletters with MailChimp enables us to analyse the behaviour of newsletter recipients. Among other things, we can find out how many recipients have opened the email containing the newsletter and how often various links contained therein are clicked. For more information on how data is analysed by MailChimp, please visit https://mailchimp.com/legal/.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analysed by MailChimp, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of MailChimp. For more information, see the privacy policy of MailChimp at https://mailchimp.com/legal/

IX. Plugins and Tools: YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.
If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.


When personal data concerning you is processed, you are an affected person in the sense of the DSGVO and you therefore have the following legal rights:

You can request confirmation from the person responsible as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed by us.
Should such processing have occurred, you can request the following information from the person responsible:
(1) The reasons why personal data is being processed;
(2) The categories of personal data which are being processed;
(3) The recipient or the categories of recipients to whom the personal data concerning you has been disclosed or is still to be disclosed;
(4) The duration of the storage planned for the personal data in question or, if definite particulars here are not available, the criteria for determining the duration of storage;
(5) The existence of a right to rectification or erasure of the personal data concerning you, a right to restrict the processing by the person responsible or a right of objection to the processing;
(6) The existence of a right to complain to a regulatory body;
(7) All available information about the origin of the data if the personal data has not been collected from the person concerned;
(8) The existence of an automatic decision-making system including profiling according to Art. 22 §1 and 4 DSGVO and – at least in these cases – convincing information about the logic involved as well as the impact and desired scope of such processing for the person concerned.
You have the right to request information about whether the personal data in question has been transmitted to a third party or an international organisation. According to Art. 46 DSGVO, in this connection you can also request suitable guarantees concerning information about the transmission.

You have a right to rectification and/or completion vis-à-vis the person responsible, insofar as the processed personal data concerning you is wrong or incomplete. The person responsible has to make the corrections promptly.

Under the following conditions you can request the restriction of the processing of the personal data concerning you:
(1) If you contest the accuracy of the personal data concerning you for a period which allows the person responsible to check the accuracy of the personal data;
(2) If the processing is unlawful and you refuse to have the personal data erased, but instead request the use of the personal data to be restricted;
(3) If the person responsible no longer needs the personal data for processing purposes, but you need them however for the establishment, exercise and defence of legal claims, or
(4) If you filed an objection to the processing according to Art. 21 §1 DSGVO and it has not yet been determined whether the justified reasons of the person responsible outweigh your reasons.
Should the processing of the personal data concerning you be restricted, then this data – apart from its storage – may only be processed with your permission or for the establishment, exercise and defence of legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of substantial public interest of the European Union or a Member State
Should the restriction on processing be restricted according to the above-mentioned conditions, then you would be informed by the person responsible before the restriction is lifted.

If you have exercised your rights to the rectification, erasure or restriction of data processing concerning you vis-à-vis the person responsible, he/she is obliged to inform all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you was disclosed about this rectification, erasure or restriction of the data processing, unless this should prove to be impossible or involving disproportionate efforts.
The person responsible shall have the right to be informed of such recipients.

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which had been provided by you to the person responsible, in a structured, common and machine-readable format. In addition, you have the right to pass this data on to another person in charge without obstruction from the person responsible to whom the personal data was originally given, provided that:
(1) The processing is based on consent according to Art. 6 §1 a) DSGVO or Art. 9 §2 a) DSGVO or on a contract according to Art. 6 §1 b) DSGVO; und
(2) The processing is effected by means of automated methods.In exercising this right, you also have the right to request that the personal data concerning you be transferred directly from one person responsible to another person responsible, insofar as this is technically feasible. Freedoms and rights of other persons may not be affected by this.
The right of data portability is not only valid for the processing of personal data necessary for performing a task that lies in the public interest or in the exercising of public authority conferred on the person responsible.

You have the right, for reasons which arise from your special situation, to object at any time on the basis of Art. 6 §1 e) or f) DSGVO to the processing of the personal data concerning you which has taken place; this is also true for a profiling which is based on these provisions.
The person responsible does not process the personal data concerning you unless he can establish compelling legitimate reasons for the processing which outweigh your interests, rights or freedoms, or the processing serves the establishment, exercising or defence of legal claims.
Should the personal data concerning you be processed to engage in direct advertising, you have the right at any time to object to the processing of the personal data concerning you for the purpose of such advertising; this is also true for profiling, insofar as it is connected to such direct advertising.
If you object to the processing for purposes of direct advertising, then the personal data concerning you will no longer be used for these purposes.
You are also able to make use of your right of objection by means of automated procedures in connection with using the services of the information society – notwithstanding directive 2001/58/EG – where technical specifications are used.

You have the right at any time to withdraw your data protection declaration of consent. By withdrawing your consent, the legality of the processing carried out based on your consent up to its withdrawal is not affected.

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based exclusively on automated processing – including profiling – which can result in a legal effect or compromise you badly in a similar way. This is does not apply if the decision is:
(1) Necessary for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract between you and the person responsible;
(2) Permissible based on the legal regulations of the European Union or the Member States to which the person responsible is subject, and these legal regulations contain suitable measures to guarantee your rights and freedoms as well as your legitimate interests; or
(3) Concluded with your express consent.
However, these decisions may not be based on special categories of personal data according to Art. 9 §1 DSGVO, as long as Art. 9 §2 a) or g) do not apply and suitable measures to protect your rights and freedoms as well as your justified interests are taken.
With regard to the cases mentioned in (1) and (3), the person responsible is to take suitable measures to guarantee your rights and freedoms as well as your justified interests, whereby at least the right to obtain the intervention of a person by the person responsible, to present one’s own point of view and to challenge the decision should be included.

Irrespective of any other administrative or legal remedies, you retain the right to complain to a supervisory body, especially in the Member State of your place of residence, workplace, or the place of the presumed infringement, if you are of the opinion that the processing of the personal data concerning you is an infringement of the DSGVO
The supervisory authority which accepts the complaint will inform the complainant about the status and results of the complaint including the possibility of legal action according to Art. 78 DSGVO.


a) Description and scope of the data processing
Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files which are stored in the internet browser or by the internet browser on the user’s computer system. While visiting a website, a cookie can be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a distinguishing string of characters which allows the browser to be identified explicitly the next time the website is visited.
We also use cookies on our website which allow the user’s surfing habits to be analysed.
In this way, the following data can be transmitted:
– Search terms entered
– Frequency of visits to website
When using our website, the user is informed about the use of cookies for analytic purposes and the user’s consent to the processing of his personal data in this connection obtained. In this context a reference is also made to this privacy statement.
b) Legal basis for the data processing
The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies for analytic purposes is the existence of the user’s consent concerning this matter according to Art. 6 §1 a) DSGVO.
c) Reason for processing the data
The reason for using analysis cookies is to improve the quality of our website and its contents. By using analysis cookies, we can find out how the website is used and thus continually optimise what we offer.
The exact use of the individual analysis cookies can be found in the above table. For these reasons we have a justified interest in processing personal data according to Art. 6 §1 f) DSGVO.
e) Duration of storage; Objection and removal possibility
Other cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transferred from it to our website. Most of the cookies used by us are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of the session. The storage period of the further analysis cookies can be found in the table under III. a).
As a user you also have complete control of how the cookies are used. By altering the settings in your internet browser you can deactivate or restrict the transference of cookies. Cookies already stored there can be deleted at any time. This can be done automatically. If you deactivate the cookies for our website, then it is possible that you may not be able to use all the website functions to their fullest extent.

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