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Terms of use


Intellectual property and trademarks

Unless otherwise stated, copyright or other relevant proprietary (including intellectual property) rights or similar rights in all material presented on this site - including graphical images and photos/image libraries - is either owned by The Common Purpose Charitable Trust (Common Purpose) or is licensed to us for reproduction on the site. The names and logos of Common Purpose and all trade names, service marks or trade marks of Common Purpose may not be used or copied without express prior consent.

Limited permission to copy

Without the prior written permission of Common Purpose no part of this site may be reproduced or transmitted to or stored in any other website, nor may any of its pages or part of it be disseminated, modified, transmitted, distributed, broadcast or published in any electronic or non-electronic form, nor included in any public or private electronic retrieval system or service.


Accessibility information:

Common Purpose is committed to website accessibility and this website has been developed with due regard for our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

We are actively seeking feedback from site users about how we can ensure all our sevices, including the website, are more accessible. If you find something difficult to see or use, please contact the web team at info@commonpurpose.org.

Tips to adjust the website for accessibility:

Change the size of the text
Change the text size on your browser (usually found in the View menu). If you're using a mouse with a scroll, you can also press Shift + scroll up to zoom in on the screen, or Shift + scroll down to zoom out.

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate
You can use your keyboard to help you move around the page.

  • Tab - highlights links on a page in the order in which they appear going down the page (press return to visit selected link)
  • Shift + Tab - allows you to move backwards through links on a given page (press return to visit selected link)
  • Page Up / Page Down - scrolls up and down the page
  • Home - will take you back to the top of the page
  • Alt + left arrow - will take you back a page
  • Alt + right arrow - will take you forward to a page (if one has been previously visited)

In addition to the options above, Microsoft has a built in accessibility option called MouseKeys. When activated, MouseKeys allows you to navigate using the number keypad on your keyboard.

Use an alternative browser
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has compiled a list of alternative browsing options, including tools to have web content read out loud or converted to braille. Visit the W3C website for more details.

Please see our accessibility page for more information. 

Privacy and data protection

What is this Policy for?

The Policy sets out the different areas where your privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations and requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore, the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this Policy.

The website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect your privacy throughout your visiting experience. This website complies with all relevant laws and requirements for user privacy.

Your data and privacy

Any information you give to us, including your email address, whether by email or by filling in a form, may be used by any Common Purpose and any Common Purpose licencee for the effective administration of this site, to improve our services generally, for marketing and promotional purposes and to communicate with you.

Your details, by that we mean your name or any other information which will allow you to be identified, will not be given to anyone else unless either you give your express permission or it is necessary for us to do so in order to comply with the law or with police investigations.

That means, for example, that your email address will not be seen by any other user of the site except as stated on the site or with your express consent. However, you agree that we may disclose to third parties the first half of your postcode, your gender and/or age, but only in the form of statistical information and not in any way that identifies you.

If accepted as a participant on any Common Purpose course, you are agreeing that Common Purpose or any Common Purpose licencee may use your data for the following purposes:

  • we will use your contact details to send you information relating to the course and to request feedback
  • we may publish your name, job title, employer organisation and course attended as part of our promotional materials
  • we may also use your contact details to send you information about other courses and activities we offer (you may opt out during the application process)
  • we may publish your contact details to the members of your participant group as part of the information distributed prior to the course (you may opt out during the application process)
  • we may publish your contact details, including email address, to graduates of Common Purpose worldwide and to members of the Common Purpose advisory groups in the Common Purpose graduate directory. (You may opt out during the application process.)
  • Contact and communication

Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Any personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form for the email submission process but users using this form do so at their own risk.

This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries they may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe a user to any email newsletter programme the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. Or whereby you (the consumer) have previously purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email relates to. This is by no means an entire list of users' rights in regard to receiving email-marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

If you send in your quote, comment, story or opinion, we may publish your words with your first name, age and the town or area you live in.

By sending in your quote, comment, story or opinion, you are granting Common Purpose copyright of the piece and permission to use, modify, copy, distribute or publish part or all of any such piece. You promise that you are able to give Common Purpose the right to publish the story or opinion, that it is your own work and does not contain any other person's work and is not copied from another work; and that the story or opinion does not contain anything that is defamatory of other people or is otherwise illegal.

Cookie information

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites. They track, save and store information about your interactions and usage of a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. This is used only in statistical form; no individual user is identified. You can find out more about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.com

If you are uncomfortable with the use of cookies, you can manage and control them through your browser, including removing cookies by deleting them from your 'browser history' (cache) when you leave the site. For more information on how to restrict or block cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.com

Types of cookies

  • 'Session' cookies remain in your browser during your browser session only, i.e. until you leave the website
  • 'Persistent' cookies remain in your browser after the session (unless deleted by you)
  • 'Performance' cookies collect information about your use of the website, such as webpages visited and any error messages; they do not collect personally identifiable information, and the information collected is aggregated such that it is anonymous.Performance cookies are used to improve how a website works
  • 'Functionality' cookies allow the website to remember any choices you make about the website (such as changes to text size, customised pages) or enable services such as commenting on a blog
  • 'First party/Third party' refers to the web domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by you at the time - the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by you. If you visit a website and another entity sets the cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie

Common Purpose's use of cookies

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to understand better how they use it.

The following table explains the way cookies are used on this website.

Cookie Name Purpose Type  Duration 
commonpurpose.org CPAccessibilityKeyboard We have used some cookies on our website in order to make it accessible for all users. First party  
  CPAccessibilityColor We have used some cookies on our website in order to make it accessible for all users. First party   
  CPAccessibilityFont We have used some cookies on our website in order to make it accessible for all users. First party   
beta.commonpurpose.org civicCookieControl We have used this cookie in order to show you the cookie banner on the site.  First party persistent 1 year
 Google analytics cookies   We support the use of Google analytics within the site so that we can monitor activity on our website. Google analytics collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. Google analytics are also used to power blog comment software and mailing list software on our site. For more information please see Google's privacy policy.    
  _utma    First party persistent  
  _utmb    First party persistent   

First party session 

  _utmz    First party persistent   
  _utmt    First party persistent   
  _utmv    First party persistent  
  _gat   First party temporary 10 minutes
  _ga    First party persistent   2 years
disqus.com _jid We use this cookie to power blog comment software. First party Session
  _disqus unique We use this cookie to power blog comment software. First party 1 year
Click Tale WRUID We use this cookie to anonymously identify you as a user to track your use of our website. First party persistent 3 years
  __CT_Data We use this cookie to enable ClickTale software to count the number of pageviews or visits you make as an anonymously identified visitor.   First party persistent 3 years
YouTube   We sometimes embed cookies from YouTube. YouTube's use of cookies is governed by Google's privacy policy. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a YouTube video, although some expire sooner. For more information please see Google's privacy policy.    
  VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE   Third party  
  YSC   Third party   
  GEUP   Third party persistent 2 years
 Flickr cookies   We use Flickr to store some of our photographs which you can visit from our page. Flickr's use of cookies is governed by Yahoo's privacy policy. For more information please visit Yahoo's privacy policy    
 Flickr xb    Third party persistent 2 years 
  localization    Third party persistent 2 years
  flrbp   Third party persistent 6 months
  flrbs   Third party persistent 6 months
  flrb   Third party temporary Session
  flrbgrp   Third party persistent 6 months
Yahoo B   Third party persistent 2 years
Twitter cookies   We also use Twitter buttons to allow our visitors to follow our promotional Twitter feeds. For more information, please visit Twitter's privacy policy.    
  _twitter_sess   Third party  
  pid   Third party  
  guest_id   Third party  
  nodocdom   Third party  
  external_referer   Third party persistent 1 week
  _ga   Third party  
  _gat   Third party  
twiticker SESSID We have a Twitter ticker feed to embed tweets onto our site. Third party temporary Session
Facebook   We also use Facebook buttons to allow our visitors to follow our promotional Facebook pages. for more information place visit Facebook's privacy policy.    
  datr   Third party persistent 2 years
  reg_ext_ref   Third party  
  reg_fb_ref   Third party  
  reg_fb_gate   Third party  
Vimeo cookies   We use Vimeo buttons to allow our visitors to visit our Vimeo pages which store videos about Common Purpose. For more information please visit Vimeo's privacy policy.    
LinkedIn cookies   We use LinkedIn buttons to allow our visitors to visit our LinkedIn groups. For more information please visit LinkedIn's privacy policy.    
  JSESSIONID   Third party temporary Session
  bcookie   Third party persistent 2 years
  lidc   Third party persistent 2 years
.doubleclick.net test_cookie   Third party temporary Session
commonpurpose.us1.list-manage.com _AVESTA_ENVIRONMENT This is used to help manage our mailing list subscribers. Third party   
commonpurpose.us1.list-manage.com PHPSESSID   Third party temporary Session
Formstack   We use cookies from Formstack to allow our visitors to fill in some forms on our website.    
  rgisanonymous   Third party persistent 1 month
  rguserid   Third party persistent 1 month
  rguuid   Third party persistent 1 month
  FormSpringSession1952699   Third party  
  FormSpringView1952699   Third party persistent 1 year


External links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, you should always adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. You should therefore note you click on external links at your own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social media platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are subject to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

You are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to your own privacy and personal details. Neither this website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. You are advised before using such social sharing buttons that you do so at your own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls (web addresses) [here is a link to the tool they commonly use: https://bitly.com/].

You are advised to use caution and good judgment before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published, many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Privacy disclaimer

This privacy policy only relates to the commonpurpose.org website and does not extend to your use of the internet outside the commonpurpose.org website; in particular, it does not relate to any sites to which you may link using the hypertext connections within the commonpurpose.org site.

By using the commonpurpose.org website you consent to the use of information obtained from you in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Please note that we may change our Privacy Policy from time to time, but will always post those changes on this page; so please re-visit this page from time to time.

If you have any questions or comments about this privacy statement or our Privacy Policy, please contact us:


38 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS



The contents of this site are only for general information purposes:

  • Common Purpose does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or usefulness of, or otherwise adopt or endorse, any information or services provided by this website. Neither can we guarantee that any information or services are still current or applicable.
  • Neither Common Purpose nor any of its subsidiaries, agents or representatives shall be liable to you or any third party for loss or injury arising out of the information on this site or any actions taken or not taken in response to any information on this site or your use of (or inability to use) this site.
  • Common Purpose makes no warranty that the contents of this site are free from infection by viruses or anything else which has contaminating or destructive properties.
  • Certain links on the site lead to resources located on servers maintained by third parties over whom Common Purpose has no control. Common Purpose accepts no responsibility or liability for any of the material contained on those servers.
  • Common Purpose does not guarantee that this site will be available, uninterrupted or error-free. If a fault occurs, please report the fault by telephone, email or in writing to Common Purpose. You can email us at info@commonpurpose.org or write to us at the following address: Web Team, Common Purpose, 38 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS or call +44 (0)20 7608 8100.
    Common Purpose is not responsible for unauthorised access to, or alteration of, users' material or data.
  • Common Purpose is not responsible for any material or data sent, using the services of this site, by any third party.
    Common Purpose is not liable for any direct or indirect cost, damage or expense of any nature whatsoever arising out of the use of information or services provided by this site.
  • Common Purpose is not responsible for any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive or illegal information or use of the site's services by any other party.
    Content posted to the website by users is not covered by the Chatham House Rule of confidentiality. All such content is directly and publicly attributed to the user.



You agree that Common Purpose may stop your use of the site if Common Purpose believes for any reason that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the terms and conditions of use of this site.


You agree to indemnify Common Purpose for any claim by, or damage, to any third party arising out of your use of the information or services provided by this site. You must tell Common Purpose immediately if anyone makes or threatens to make any claim or issue legal proceedings against you relating to your use of the website and you will, at Common Purpose's request, immediately stop the act or acts complained of. If Common Purpose asks you to, you must confirm the details of the claim(s) in writing.

Variation of Terms and Conditions

Common Purpose may modify the Terms and Conditions at any time, such modifications becoming effective immediately upon either posting of the modified Terms and Conditions on this site or notification of them to you. By continuing to use the website following any such modification you will be deemed to accept such modification.

Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions are governed by English law and you agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

Questions and comments

If you have any questions or comments about the above terms and conditions, please contact us.