Participation in Supplier Connection's online communities enables you to share insights and express opinions with a globally distributed group of colleagues, partners and experts. Welcome!
It is your own decision whether you choose to participate in social computing, such as through a blog, wiki, online social network or any other form of online publishing or discussion. When doing so, following these guidelines will help you protect yourself and others.
Supplier Connection may change these guidelines at any time. Supplier Connection will give notice of material changes by posting a notice of such changes on this site for thirty days.
Exercise personal responsibility in social computing activities. Each tool and medium has proper and improper uses. While individuals are encouraged to participate in this social computing environment, it is important for those who choose to do so to understand what is expected and required when they discuss company-related topics, whether at work or on their own time. Individuals must exercise personal responsibility whenever they participate in social computing. This includes not violating the trust of other participants.
Be clear about who you are and protect your privacy and that of others. Anonymous postings and the use of pseudonyms or false screen names on social computing platforms are discouraged. We believe in transparency and honesty. We encourage you to use your real name, be clear who you are, and, if you are discussing your company or company-related matters, identify the company that you work for and include your role at your company. If you have a vested interest in something you are discussing, be the first to point it out.
Be smart about protecting yourself and your privacy. What you
publish will be
public in the social computing environment
and will be around for a long time, so consider the content carefully
and also be judicious in disclosing personal details about yourself.
Do not disclose personal information of others unless you have
Be thoughtful about how you present yourself in online social networks. The lines between public and private, personal and professional are blurred in social computing environments. By identifying yourself as employed by or associated with a particular company within a social computing environment, you are now connected to your colleagues, managers and clients. Ensure your profile and content is consistent with how you wish to present yourself. If you identify yourself as employed by or associated with a particular company, make sure what you say and post is consistent with your company's social computing practices and guidelines.
Use a disclaimer. When a company wishes to communicate publicly as a company – whether to the marketplace or to the general public – it usually has well established means to do so. Only those officially designated by a company have the authorization to speak on behalf of the company.
You should make it clear when you're expressing your own views
that they are not necessarily the views and opinions of your company.
For example, consider including the following standard disclaimer:
The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily
represent [your company's] positions, strategies or opinions.
Respect copyright and fair use laws. For your company's protection as well as your own, it is critical that you show proper respect for the laws governing copyright and fair use of copyrighted material owned by others, including your company's own copyrights and brands. Use appropriate symbols to mark the first occurrence of trademarked terms. Do not include images in your content unless you own the exclusive rights to display the images. Do not include another's materials unless you have the right to do so. And it is good practice to link to others' work. Keep in mind that laws will be different depending on where you live and work.
Protect confidential and proprietary information. Social computing blurs many of the traditional boundaries between internal and external communications. Be thoughtful about what you publish. Do not provide confidential or proprietary information of any person or company in any social computing environment. For example, ask permission before publishing in a blog a conversation that was meant to be private.
Do not discuss business performance. You must not comment on confidential financial information such as future business performance, business plans, or prospects. This includes statements about an upcoming quarter or future periods or information about alliances, and applies to anyone including conversations with Wall Street analysts, press or other third parties (including friends). Do not comment on or entertain rumors in any way.
Protect clients, business partners and suppliers. Clients, partners or suppliers should not be cited or referenced without their approval. Be sensitive to who might see your content in social computing environments. If an organization or individual hasn't given explicit permission for their name to be used, think carefully about the content you're going to publish and get the appropriate permission where necessary. It is acceptable to discuss non confidential, general details about kinds of projects and to use non-identifying pseudonyms (e.g., Client 123) so long as the information provided does not violate any non-disclosure or intellectual property agreements that may be in place regarding that organization or individual.
Respect your audience. Participants in social computing platforms reflect a diverse set of customs, values and points of view. Don't be afraid to be yourself, but do so respectfully. Do not engage in offensive conduct. This includes not only the obvious (e.g. no ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity), but also proper consideration of topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory — such as politics and religion. Avoid these topics and focus on subjects that are business-related and within the scope of Supplier Connection's social computing environment. Always use your best judgment.
Don't pick fights. If you see misrepresentations made about yourself or your company by media, analysts or by others, you may certainly point that out. Always do so with respect, stick to the facts and identify your appropriate affiliation to your company. Also, if you speak about a competitor, you must make sure that what you say is factual and that it does not disparage them. Avoid unnecessary or unproductive arguments. Brawls may earn traffic, but nobody wins in the end. Don't try to settle scores or goad competitors or others into inflammatory debates. Make sure that what you are saying is factually correct.
Be the first to respond to your own mistakes. If you make a mistake, be up front about your mistake and correct it quickly. In a blog, if you choose to modify an earlier post, make it clear that you have done so.
Use your best judgment. You are personally responsible for the content that you publish in any social computing environment. Remember that there are always consequences to what you publish. If you're about to publish something that makes you even the slightest bit uncomfortable, review the suggestions above and think about why that is. If you're still unsure, and it is related to your company's business, get advice from a trusted resource such as your manager.
Don't forget your day job. You should make sure that your online activities do not interfere with your job or commitments to clients.Make sure your content is appropriate. Do not upload, post or otherwise transmit content that:
- is inaccurate, harmful, threatening, obscene, pornographic,
defamatory, discriminatory, racist, violent, offensive, harassing,
or otherwise objectionable;
- includes confidential or proprietary information of your company
or any other party;
- violates or infringes anyone's intellectual property rights
(including trademark, copyright, privacy, publicity or other
- violates any contractual agreements you might have with another;
- contains personal information of any other party or other
participants, particularly contact information or personal information
that is of a sensitive nature;
- violates (or encourages violation of) any local, state, national
or international law;
- consists of marketing materials, advertising or solicitations
or that constitutes Spam;
- advocates violence or provides instruction, information or
assistance in causing or carrying out violence;
- contains any software code; or
- contains software viruses, worms or other computer code or programs designed to harm, destroy or adversely affect the social computing media or the equipment on which it is run.
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There are two distinct areas on Supplier Connection – a public area and a private area. By creating a profile and sharing social content in the public section of the Site, you are fostering more direct, person-to-person collaboration among Supplier Connection's many constituents, including its participating member companies, registered small businesses, and registered users. Information posted to a public area of the Site is visible to all Site users.
Information posted to private areas of the Site is visible to registered users from Participating Members, and for those small businesses that complete the universal application, the following data elements from the application will be visible to other small business suppliers that have completed applications: Company Name, Company Address (Address, City, State, Zip), Contact email, Telephone, Industry, Commodity (Goods or Service provided), Federal vs Commercial marketplace, Diversity Certifications and Affiliations.
The social computing tools on supplier-connection.net are effective ways to interact with others and share your own capabilities. Remember these tools are intended for individuals who wish to share and discuss non-confidential business and technology-related subjects. They are not intended for personal or non-business topics or agendas, for sharing confidential or restricted information, for aggregating lists of contacts for sale or distribution, for soliciting sales or employment, for human resources related subjects or for research or information gathering for the purpose of negotiating or dealing with management regarding such subjects.
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Collection of Personal Information
When you register to use Supplier Connection, we will collect basic information such as your name and e-mail address.
When you apply to become a supplier to one (or more) of our Participating Member Companies, you will be asked to give us core business and certification-related information relating to your organization and its employees, including information about yourself and others within your organization, that Participating Member Companies require for supplier consideration.
Use of Personal Information
We use the information you provide at the time of registration to give you access to restricted content and tools on Supplier Connection, including supplier application forms, Supplier Connection's blog, and other content and tools of interest. This information will also be made available to the Participating Member Companies.
We use the information you provide as part of your supplier application to enable you to register as a potential supplier with our Member Companies, and, in that regard, the information you provide is shared with the Participating Member Companies to whom you are applying.
For the small business enterprises that complete the universal application, the following data elements from the application will be visible to other small business suppliers that have completed applications: Company Name, Company Address (Address, City, State, Zip), Contact email, Telephone, Industry, Commodity (Good or Service provided), Federal vs Commercial marketplace, Diversity Certifications and Affiliations.
We may also use your information to communicate with you about training, development-related tools and other related content to assist you with capacity building and business growth.
In connection with our interactions on the Supplier Connection website, we may also contact you as part of our surveys or for research purposes.
We may also use information we collect about you to provide you with a personalized experience on our Web site, such as providing you with content in which you may be interested and making navigation on our site easier.
Certain online transactions may involve you calling us or us calling you. They may also involve online chat. Please be aware that these calls and chats may be monitored or recorded for staff training, quality assurance purposes or to retain evidence of a particular transaction or interaction.
To allow you to interact with other websites on which you may have accounts (such as Facebook and other social media sites) or join Supplier Connection or others' communities on such sites, we may provide links or embed third-party applications that allow you to login, follow postings, post content or join communities from our website. Your use of these links and applications is subject to the third parties' privacy policies, and you should become familiar with the third party sites' privacy policies before using the links or applications. When you visit our sites, these links or applications may log certain information such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring website addresses, and, if you are logged in to those social media sites, they may also link such collected information with your profile information on that site.
Sharing of Personal Information and International Transfers
The information you provide on Supplier Connection is shared with Participating Member Companies. Once this information is in the custody of these organizations, it becomes subject to each organization's privacy policies.
Participating Member Companies may in turn decide to share this information within their organizations and with their business partners or suppliers to enable you to become part of the Participating Member Companies' supply chains. The Supplier Connection Participating Member Companies, and any other entity within these organizations who receive your information, will not use your information for sales or marketing purposes, and will not sell or lease such information.
Likewise, the small business supplier agrees not to sell or lease any information you may receive in reference to other small business suppliers.
Supplier Connection may transfer your information outside of the United States in support of its business objectives. Regardless of where your information is stored, accessed or otherwise processed, it will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Statement (or, by Participating Member Companies, in accordance with their respective privacy policies).
From time to time, Supplier Connection also uses third parties to verify that the information you provide remains accurate over time, and to validate the information provided in your application to become a supplier.
Please be aware that in certain circumstances, information may be subject to disclosure to government agencies pursuant to judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. We may also share your information to protect the rights or property of Supplier Connection Participating Member Companies, our business partners, suppliers or clients, and others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected.
Supplier Connection intends to protect your information. We implement reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure, and require others who may have access to your information, including Participating Member Companies, business partners and other suppliers to protect it from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.
Cookies, Web Beacons and Other Technologies
As mentioned above, we collect information from your visits to our Web site to help us gather statistics about our Web site usage and effectiveness, personalize your experience on our site, and tailor our interactions with you.
We do so through the use of various technologies, including
cookies. A cookie is a piece of data that a
Web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on
your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies
are often only used to measure Web site usage and effectiveness
and to allow for ease of navigation or use and as such, are not
associated with any personal information, they are also used at
times to personalize a known visitor's experience to a Web site
by being associated with profile information or user preferences.
You can set your browser in most instances to notify you before
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some of our Web site features, we recommend that you leave them
Supplier Connection Web site may also use Web beacon or other technologies to better tailor those sites to provide better customer service. These technologies may be in use on a number of pages across Supplier Connection Web site. When a visitor accesses these pages, a non-identifiable notice of that visit is generated which may be processed by us or by our suppliers. These Web beacons usually work in conjunction with cookies. If you don't want your cookie information to be associated with your visits to these pages, you can set your browser to turn off cookies. If you turn off cookies, Web beacon and other technologies will still detect visits to these pages; however, they will not be associated with information otherwise stored in cookies.
Some of our business partners set Web beacons and cookies on our site. We have no access to, or control of, these third party tracking technologies.
Links to non-Supplier Connection Companies Web sites
The Supplier Connection website may contain links to other sites that are not affiliated with Supplier Connection. Supplier Connection and its Participating Member Companies are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other websites.
Notification of Changes
We will post a notice for 30 days at the top of this page notifying users when this Privacy Statement is updated or modified in a material way. We will provide Participating Member Companies with thirty (30) days prior written notice when this Privacy Statement is updated or modified in a material way.
If you have a question about this Privacy Statement or Supplier Connection Participating Member Companies' handling of your information, you can send an email to email@example.com.
You may update the information you provided on the Supplier Connection online at any time.