Terms and conditions per 1 February 2019

1. The purpose of The Explorer

1.1 The aim of this digital platform is to present a diverse offering of Norwegian green and sustainable solutions, increase Norwegian exports as a whole, promote collaboration, innovation and investment in Norway and internationally, and position Norway as a pioneer in sustainability..

1.2 The Explorer is designed for enterprises doing business in Norway, and any enterprise that would like to submit a solution to be presented in The Explorer must accept these terms and conditions set by Innovation Norway (“IN”).

2. Which enterprises can submit a solution to The Explorer?

2.1 All enterprises registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises in Brønnøysund are eligible to submit a solution, with the exception of sole proprietorships, accelerator programmes, companies that produce only consumer goods (even if these are sold B2B), companies that are purely distributors, and consultancy firms that provide only services and not solutions. For its solution to be accepted for presentation in The Explorer, the enterprise must confirm that its activities are carried out in accordance with good business practice, that the solution is green, and that the solution may help to advance the achievement of at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Please see section 4 for more details about these requirements.

2.2 It is the sole decision of IN to accept or deny a submission to The Explorer. In cases where it is uncertain whether a solution is green, IN will let an expert advisory board decide.

3. Responsibility and disclaimers

3.1 If an enterprise is granted access to The Explorer by IN, the enterprise will have its own account there. The enterprise is responsible for the content in its account, including the publicly available information in the account.

3.2 IN supervises the accounts to some extent, and may solely choose to shut down an account, temporarily or eternally.

3.3 IN is not liable for any loss or damage (economic or non-economic damage) that may arise from participation in The Explorer, inter alia any cooperation initiated or developed as a result of this participation.

3.4 IN is not liable for any loss or damage that may arise because accounts are shut down, or for any other reason are inaccessible.

4. Good business practice, green solutions and UN Sustainable Development Goals

4.1 When applying to publish a solution in The Explorer the enterprise must provide the following:

4.1.1 A declaration that it takes a responsible approach to the principles of good business practice, as outlined in the guidelines below, by conducting a risk analysis (for instance a due diligence) to identify and mitigate negative impacts of both its own operations and its business relationships:

4.1.2 A declaration that its solution is green. Green solutions are defined as technologies, products, processes and services that reduce impact, directly or indirectly, on the environment compared to their current alternatives. These may include: cleaner technologies that reduce pollution; more environment-friendly solutions, products and production processes; renewable energy; more efficient resource management; new uses of biological resources; and technological systems that reduce environmental impact. This definition is also employed by the environmental technology scheme at Innovation Norway. 

4.1.3 A specification of which of the 17 UN Sustainable Development the solution may contribute to achieving, with a brief explanation. It is possible to select more than one goal per solution.

4.2 It is an advantage, but not a requirement, that the presented solution is scalable. A scalable business model offers the potential for international growth and increased production without being limited by the enterprise’s structure or potentially available resources.

5. Updates of content

5.1 The enterprise is responsible for keeping the account content updated at all times. This includes the information about the enterprise and its solution(s), and the contact information for the account holder(s).

5.2 If an account is not updated at least once a year, IN will remind the enterprise of the update obligation, and can eventually choose to shut down the account and delete the content.

6. Copyright and IPR

6.1 The enterprise is responsible for having copyrights and other intellectual property rights to photos, images, sounds, texts, patterns etc. presented in The Explorer.

6.2 The enterprise is responsible for crediting the originator when applicable.

6.3 The enterprise agrees that its photos and other intellectual work listed in section 6.1, may be used in marketing in line with the purpose described in section 1.

6.4 The enterprise shall indemnify and hold IN harmless against any claims, actions, demands and procedures, including those issued by third parties, against any damages, losses, costs, expenses, fees, penalties and responsibilities (including but not limited to attorneys’ and solicitors’ costs and fees) that occur as a result of any of the enterprise’s breach of clause 6.1.

7. Payment and costs

7.1 This service is free of charge as per now. If this changes in the future, IN will inform the enterprises registered in The Explorer with reasonable notice, cf. section 10.

7.2 The enterprise is responsible for any costs relating to the management of its account.

8. Privacy and personal data

8.1 When creating an account on behalf of an enterprise, personal data such as name, contact information and photo will be submitted. The enterprise is obliged to have legal ground for submitting and displaying the personal data of the person in question. For example, if a company’s employee enters the personal data of the Sales Manager, the Sales Manager must consent to this.

8.2 The Explorer focuses on enterprises, and therefore the amount of personal data is limited. However, for the personal data IN processes on this platform, IN’s general privacy declaration applies.

8.3 Cookies are files which contain a small amount of information and are stored on your computer or other device. Cookies allow web sites to for example remember actions or preferences over time. Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You may manage cookies by changing your browser settings, but such changes may affect the available functions. View cookies used by The Explorer.

9. Transfers and mergers

9.1 IN may transfer/merge its right to the platform, including the accounts content, to a third party.

10. Amendments

10.1 IN will give the enterprises registered in The Explorer reasonable notice of any amendments in the terms and conditions.

11. Norwegian legislation and venue

11.1 The terms and conditions are governed by Norwegian law.

11.2 Venue is the courts of Oslo.

Published 31 May 2018, updated 1 February 2019 (primarily pertaining to eligible enterprises and copyrights).

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