Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how and when we collect personal data, how we store it and for what we use it for. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at [email protected]. You can also call us at +41 44 252 3300 or write to us at Council on Economic Policies, Seefeldstrasse 60, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland

Who we are

The Council on Economic Policies is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan economic policy think tank for sustainability focused on fiscal, monetary, and trade policy. We formulate and promote policy solutions that strengthen individual opportunity, social cohesion and environmental stability.

Our activities are driven by the strong conviction that economic policy is a critical leverage point for sustainability. Whether governments align their fiscal policy with a sustainability agenda, whether central banks integrate social and environmental considerations into their decisions and whether trade agreements account for their effects on climate change, employment and public services has significant ramifications for people and the planet.

We engage on these topics through events, publications and personal meetings.

Why we collect data

We process data under the following circumstances:

  • Where you have given us consent to do so, e.g. by signing up to receive mailings (subscriptions);
  • Where your data is required to fulfill a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract;
  • Where your data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

Examples of the legitimate interests we pursue include being able to identify key actors in the fields and topics we engage in, keeping a record of our interactions with people in the context of events we run and publications we publish, keeping a record of people who support us, and administering the organization.

What data we collect

The core data we process includes names, e-mails, phones, organizational affiliations and roles, as well as fields and topics you engage on that are of relevance to our three programs on fiscal, monetary and trade policy. If you have published articles that we find relevant for our work, we may store a copy or a link to that article. We will also keep track of interactions with you, e.g. through our events and publications or personal exchanges, as well as support you have provided to us.

How we collect data

We collect data when you interact with us, e.g. via e-mail, phone, social media or personal exchanges. We also collect data based on publicly available information, e.g. when we take note of an article that is of relevance to us that you published or that you were referenced in.

Who we share your data with

We may share your data where we co-organize an event with other institutions, e.g. other think tanks, and where we want to ensure that interactions with you is coordinated between us and such other institutions. We may also share your data on individual occasions where we would like to facilitate a connection between you and another institution.

In addition, we use and thus provide access to your data to Salesforce as a third-party provider for our data processing activities, as well as Microsoft Office 365 for e-mails, file storage and other IT functionalities; Mailchimp for collecting subscriptions and sending out newsletters; Cloudflare and Google Analytics for functionality and security of our website.

Please note that we provide social media share buttons as well as embedded media that may lead to collection of your IP address by third parties.

We will never sell your data.

How we use cookies

We use cookies  to recognize repeat use of our website by the same user/internet connection subscriber, it helps us analyse and  administer the website. This is done in order to personalise and enhance your experience with us.

A cookie is a tiny text file stored on your computer. Cookies store information that is used to help make sites work. Only we can access the cookies created by our website. You can control your cookies at the browser level.

You can remove cookies stored in your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some third party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as or For more information about cookies, visit

Please note that choosing to disable cookies may hinder your use of certain functions on our website.

How long do we keep your data

We keep your data as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was processed. We will delete your data within four weeks after receiving a request from you to have it removed.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) you have the following rights:

  • Information Right – the right to receive the information contained in this policy and our data collection forms about the way we process your personal data.
  • Personal Data Access Right – the right to know that we are processing your personal data and, in most circumstances, to have a copy of the personal data of yours that we hold. You can also ask for certain other details such as what purpose we process your data for and how long we hold it.
  • Personal Data Correction Right – You have the right to request that we correct inaccurate data or complete incomplete data that we hold on you.
  • Personal Data Erasure Right – Known as the Right to be forgotten. In certain circumstances you may request that we erase your personal data held by us.
  • Personal Data Restriction Right – You have the right to restrict the way we process your personal data in certain circumstances, for example if you contest the accuracy of the data, if our processing is unlawful, to pursue legal claims, where we are relying on legitimate interests to process data.
  • Data Processing Objection Right – You have the right to object to us processing your data for (i) direct marketing purposes (ii) research or statistical purposes and (iii) purposes of profiling related to direct marketing or based on our legitimate interests
  • Data Portability Right – you have the right to receive a copy of certain personal data or to have it transferred to another organisation in some circumstances

Where we use your personal information based on your prior consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us.