User Agreement

The Corporate Sustainability ScorecardTM C-suite rating system (hereinafter referred to as the “ESG Navigator”) is the wholly owned property of Hedstrom Associates. Use of the ESG Navigator (via is limited to individuals who accept this User Agreement and are provided a user name and password by Hedstrom Associates (“Registered Users”). By accepting this User Agreement, you are considered a Registered User.

You are responsible for keeping your user name and password secure and confidential, and you must notify us immediately if you learn that your user name or password has been misplaced, or accessed or used without your permission.

The contents of the ESG Navigator rating system, and company Self-Assessments, are not to be used, in whole or in part, outside your organization. Hedstrom Associates owns the ESG Navigator and all content of the rating system, analysis reports and company Self-Assessments. When you accept this User Agreement, you will be granted by Hedstrom Associates a non-transferable right and license to access, use and promote the ESG Navigator and its contents for personal and non-commercial purposes. Such license automatically ends when you unsubscribe from ESG Navigator or when Hedstrom Associates terminates your subscription.

By providing any information on ESG Navigator, including in the company Self-Assessments, you consent and authorize us to use, store, process and modify such information. Please do not provide or disclose any information that you are required to keep confidential or are not authorized to use or disclose.

Confidentiality of data from company Self-Assessments is a key aspect of the ESG Navigator rating system. Hedstrom Associates’ will preserve the confidential nature of the individual ratings submitted. We will not share the ratings of an individual company beyond your company, unless we are required to do so pursuant to any legal or regulatory requirement.

In order to provide valuable analysis about how your company “stacks up” against peers, Hedstrom Associates will provide a “user portal” for Registered Users. Here, you will see your own company report and data, as well as various analyses. When Hedstrom Associates shows comparative ratings, we will use a “rule of six.” For any benchmark comparison, your company data will be compared with data from a total of at least six companies. If there are fewer than six companies (for example, in your industry sector or sub-sector), the comparisons provided will roll up to a next higher level.

A key benefit of ESG Navigator is the ability to know how your company compares against peer companies. Participating companies want to know which other companies are participating. To facilitate this, you agree that your company name can be used by Hedstrom Associates only where we list participating companies. Your company name will not be tied to your company self-assessment ratings – other than in what you see as a Registered User for your company.

The best practice company examples contained within ESG Navigator are obtained from public sources. We have made our best effort to summarize each example accurately and concisely – and to cite an appropriate website link for further information. We invite any corrections of inaccurate or dated information. We also welcome recommendations for additional or revised wording and references for best practice examples.

Registered Users of ESG Navigator (The Corporate Sustainability ScorecardTM C-suite rating system) agree to release, indemnify, and hold Hedstrom Associates harmless from any costs or liabilities that result from claims against Hedstrom Associates by third parties, where such claims arise out of the Registered User’s use of the Scorecard. This indemnification will not apply to the extent that a judicial decision results in a finding of gross negligence or willful misconduct on behalf of Hedstrom Associates. This User Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.