The Stichting ACEN Foundation is a registered Stichting (charity)(KvK number 82441081). The ACEN Foundation’s registered address is at Westersingel 34, 3014GS, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.



ACEN Foundation (“we”, “us”) is committed to processing personal data in a transparent, fair and lawful manner in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), and to honouring the rights of data subjects. This policy explains how we process your personal data and your rights in relation to that data.

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. Any changes to this privacy policy that affect how we handle your data will be updated and made available on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are content with any changes.


What we collect

The type of personal data we may typically collect includes your name, contact details such as email address, phone number and address, and your organisation and job title. When you visit our website or related digital platforms, we may collect your IP address, your actions on our website and your marketing preferences (where they have been indicated).


How we obtain your information

We may collect your personal data from you directly, and indirectly from your organisation or other organisations we work with. We may also receive information from third parties, such as your former employers, employment agencies, regulatory bodies and from publicly available source.


How we use your information

We may use your data to communicate with you and provide details of our work which may be relevant to you, including through email marketing newsletters, where appropriate. To respect your right to privacy, within such marketing materials we provide you with the means to opt out of receiving further marketing offers from us. If you unsubscribe, we will remove your email address or telephone number from our marketing distribution lists.

Please note that even if you have unsubscribed from receiving marketing emails from us, we may send you other types of important email communications without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them. These may include customer service announcements or administrative notices.

Visiting our website or related digital platforms, contacting us, and completing online forms constitute electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications in return, and you agree that all communication we provide to you electronically, via email, on the website and via digital platforms, satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing.


Lawful basis to process your information

GDPR requires us to rely on lawful bases to process your personal information. We consider the grounds listed below to be relevant:

Contractual obligation: for example, where we have a contract with you or your organisation, we use your data to fulfil that contract. You may be bound by the contract to provide some personal data to us and if you do not provide this data, we may be unable to fulfil the contract.

Legitimate interest: where we have a legitimate interest in processing your data, we will do so provided that it is necessary and your interests do not outweigh the legitimate interest. We rely on this basis when you would reasonably expect for us to use your data in this way. For example, our legitimate interests include furthering our charitable objectives and promoting circular economy initiatives in Africa.

Legal obligation: where we are required to provide data to a third party by law.

Consent: where you have consented to receiving communications for us (for example, if you have signed up to receive our newsletter).



We will retain your personal information for as long as is considered necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected or for business, operational or legal purposes.


How we may share your information

We may share your information with selected third parties including our partners where we are required to do so or where you have consented to us doing so.


Third party websites

The website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies (or content) of third party websites.


User rights

You have the following rights under data protection law:

  • A right of access: you have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
  • A right to rectification: you have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • A right to erasure: you have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • A right to restriction of processing: you have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • A right to object to processing: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • A right to data portability: you have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You have different rights depending on the legal basis we have for using your data. If you have any questions about your rights in relation to your personal data, please contact us using the contact details listed below.



In order to receive further information regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

ACEN Foundation
Westersingel 34
3014 GS Rotterdam.
The Netherlands.


Last updated

16 June 2021