Legal Notices

GMI Ratings’ Internet Privacy Policy:  GMI Ratings respects your privacy and the privacy of all visitors to its web Site (the “Site”). It is the company’s policy to collect only personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, telephone/fax numbers, or email addresses, when such information is voluntarily submitted by our visitors. This information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, reused, rented, loaned or otherwise disclosed without your express permission. We use this information only to answer any of your requests for information, or to better understand your needs.

 

Tracking Technology (“Cookies”):  GMI Ratings does use tracking technology (“cookies”) on its Site. Cookies are small text files that are sent by a web site, accepted by a web browser and then placed on your hard drive. GMI Ratings’ use of cookies is limited to establishing and maintaining your secure access to the Site. We also log visits to the Site, but such information is used for internal purposes only, for example, to help provide information regarding the functionality of the Site or to help analyze browsing patterns and use of the Site.

 

Children: The Site is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. GMI Ratings does not collect personally identifiable data from any person it knows to be under the age of 13.

 

Revisions to this Policy:   GMI Ratings reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Policy at any time. If GMI Ratings changes its Privacy Policy, it will post those changes on this page so that you may become aware of what information it may collect, how it may use it and under what circumstances GMI Ratings may disclose it. You should visit this page from time to time to review the then-current policy because it is binding on you. This Privacy Policy was last updated on March 15, 2012.

 

General:   Links from this Site may take you to sites not covered by this Privacy Policy, and we advise you to check the applicable privacy practices yourself.

 

Legal Notices: GMI Ratings’ web Site (the “Site”) contains many valuable trademarks owned and used by GMI Ratings. GMI Ratings uses these trademarks to distinguish its services from those of others. GMI Ratings’ Site may also contain references to other companies’ trademarks and service marks. Such references are for identification purposes only, and GMI Ratings claims no ownership in, nor any affiliation with, any third party trademarks or service marks appearing in its Site. The content, arrangement and layout of the Site, including, but not limited to, the trademarks and text, are proprietary to GMI Ratings, and should not be copied, imitated, reproduced, displayed, distributed, or transmitted without the express permission of GMI Ratings. Any unauthorized use of the content, arrangement or layout of the Site, or the trademarks found in the Site may violate civil or criminal laws, including, but not limited to, copyright and trademark laws. GMI Ratings, the GMI Ratings logo, GOVERNANCEMETRICS INTERNATIONAL, the GOVERNANCEMETRICS logo, THE CORPORATE LIBRARY®, THE CORPORATE LIBRARY logo, BOARD ANALYST®, CORPORATE BENCHMARKER®, GOVERNANCE INFORMATION SCREENING TOOL®, PROXY ANALYST®, SECURITIES LITIGATION RISK ANALYST®, and AGR® are registered trademarks or trademarks of GMI Ratings.

 

Access to Company Reports for Rated Companies: Any company rated by GMI Ratings may request and receive one courtesy copy per year of its current GMI Analyst ESG and AGR® ratings overview, free of charge.  Company feedback, in writing, regarding the accuracy of the data included in these reports is always welcome.  To ensure the independence and integrity of its ratings and analysis, GMI Ratings does not offer consulting services to any of the companies that it rates. Rated companies may elect to subscribe to a low-cost service that provides unlimited access to their own company reports, or to their own plus up to twenty-four peer company reports, on an annual basis.  Many companies choose to become regular subscribers to the full GMI Analyst platform, with pricing based on coverage.  Members of certain professional organizations may be entitled to discounted subscription rates.  Rated companies that are active subscribers are clearly marked as such in GMI Analyst. Please contact GMI Ratings  for additional information.

 

GMI Ratings Terms of Use:

 

        Acceptance of Terms – Welcome to GMI Ratings’ web Site (the “Site”). These Terms of Use constitute an Agreement (“Agreement”) between GMI Ratings, its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “GMI Ratings”), and you (“You” or “User”). By accessing and using GMI Ratings’ web Site, you agree to the following terms of use and any amendments in effect at the time of your visit. This Agreement expressly incorporates by reference and includes GMI Ratings’ Privacy Policy, Legal Notices, and any guidelines, rules or disclaimers that may be posted and updated on specific GMI Ratings web pages. You understand that your right to use the Site is derived solely from, and is expressly limited by, this Agreement. GMI Ratings reserves the right to amend these Terms of Use from time to time. We encourage you to review these Terms of Use upon each visit to the Site because any changes will be binding on you.

 

       Information Provided on the Site – GMI Ratings provides the Site and the Information available on the Site (hereinafter referred to as “Information”) for the convenience of its users. This Information is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct. GMI RATINGS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ANY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Information is supplied on the condition that the persons receiving the Information will make their own determinations as to its suitability. Information provided on the Site may only be used, copied or distributed in unmodified form for informational purposes and without responsibility on the part of GMI Ratings.

 

       GMI Ratings Web Site Content – GMI Ratings’ Site is owned by GMI Ratings, and all rights are exclusively reserved to GMI Ratings. You acknowledge that the Site may contain Information, communications, software, photos, text, video, graphics, music, sounds, images, and other material (“Content”) which are provided by GMI Ratings. You agree and acknowledge that the Content and its use or the use of this Site are protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws, that these rights are valid and protected in all media now existing or later developed, and that except as specifically provided in this Agreement, your use of the Content shall be governed and constrained by applicable copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. In addition, the Site is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws. Except as set forth in this Agreement, you may not modify, adapt, translate, exhibit, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, reverse engineer, decompile or dissemble, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, materials or Site, in whole or in part. GMI Ratings reserves the right to add, change or delete web site Content, without notice, at its sole discretion.

 

       Links – GMI Ratings may provide links to third party web sites. These links are provided only as a convenience. Linked web sites are not reviewed, controlled or examined by GMI Ratings and GMI Ratings is not responsible for the information, advertising, products, resources or other material, of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by GMI Ratings. In addition, please be aware that your use of any linked site is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to that site. Please direct any questions regarding linked sites to the webmaster of that site. GMI Ratings will remove links immediately on written request from the owner of the site linked to.

 

       System and Network Security – You may not tamper with other accounts, or commit unauthorized intrusion into any part of our system, or use any of our machines, files, accounts, or networks to intrude without authorization into any other system. You may not use any of GMI Ratings’ services not included in your account, nor devise ways to circumvent security in order to access services you are not paying for. This clause includes, but is not limited to, the scanning of our network or other networks with intent to breach and/or evaluate security. You may not use the system in a manner that encumbers disk space, processors or other system resources beyond those allowed by the specific type of account. You may not make deliberate attempts to interfere with a service, overload a service nor attempt to disable a host.  GMI Ratings will react strongly to the use or attempted use of Internet services or systems without the owner’s authorization. This clause includes, but is not limited to, password cracking, defrauding others into releasing their passwords, denial-of-service attacks (sending packets with an illegal packet size, UDP flooding, ping-flooding, half-open TCP connection flooding, etc.). Additionally, you may not use programs, scripts, commands or send messages with the intent to interfere with a user’s session.

 

       Email – You may not send unsolicited e-mail to any account that has not specifically requested such unsolicited information or that causes complaints from the recipients of such unsolicited e-mail. GMI Ratings’ services should not be used to send unsolicited advertising messages to other network users. You may not flood/spam newsgroups with commercial or non-commercial postings. You may not continue to send commercial e-mail to a recipient if the recipient has requested that you discontinue such communication. We prohibit the transmission of e-mail that is harassing, libelous, defamatory, legally obscene or pornographic, threatening, abusive or hateful to non-consenting recipients. The forwarding or propagation of chain letters of any type (including charity requests or petitions for signatures) is impermissible. “Mailbombing” (i.e. flooding a user or site with large or numerous e-mail messages) is strictly prohibited. You may not forge header information. GMI Ratings prohibits the use of your account to collect replies of messages sent from any other provider that violates the rules of this Terms of Use or those of the originating provider. The rules and regulations contained within this Terms of Use apply to other means of Internet-based transmissions, including, but not limited to Internet fax or Internet phone.

 

       Violations & Liability – Violation of these policies by staff shall be considered grounds for reprimand and/or dismissal, at the discretion of management. Liability for any damages, including but not limited to service charges, charges for lost time, repair or replacement costs, loss of value to company intellectual property, damages to goodwill and/or client/vendor relations, shall be borne by the individual or individuals involved. In the case of staff, such costs may be recouped via reasonable garnishment of salary or wages, at the discretion of the company.

 

       Disclaimer – YOUR USE OF THIS SITE, THE CONTENT, AND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AND IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. GMI RATINGS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER GUARANTEES, WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER ARISING UNDER ANY STATUTE, LAW, COMMERCIAL USAGE OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

 

       Limitation of Liability – In no event shall GMI Ratings or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents or affiliates, be liable, directly or indirectly, to anyone for any claims, losses or damages, direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, including, without limitation, loss of profits, resulting from or occasioned by the creation, use or reliance of or on its Site or any third party web site or the Information, advertising, products, resources or material accessed through any such web site, regardless of the nature or cause of any such damages or losses and whether or not a claim thereof is based in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise.

 

Copyright Agent:  We respect the intellectual property of others, and GMI Ratings asks its users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
  • A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site;
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

Our Copyright Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows: By mail: Copyright Agent GMI Ratings 56 Northport Drive Portland, ME 04103 By phone: 207 874-6921 By email: agent@gmiratings.com.

 

Form ADV Part II:   GMI Ratings is registered as an investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Click here to view Part II of our Form ADV.

 

“Soft Dollar” Payments GMI Ratings is registered as an investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  GMI Ratings research is eligible for “soft dollar” payment under Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Contact Us:   If you have any questions about GMI Ratings or its services, or if you are aware of any abuse of this Terms of Use, please let us know.