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Cookies help us improve how our website works, and helps us progress towards our vision of a better future for our planet.
14 Nov 2017     |       4 minute read

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser.

What is a tracking gif?

A tracking gif is a small image file within the content of our site or the body of our e-newsletters so we or third parties can understand which parts of our site are visited or which content is of interest.

Your consent

Our site uses cookies and tracking gifs which may be set by us or third parties. By continuing to browse our site you are agreeing to our use of cookies and tracking gifs.

Refusing your consent

You can find out how to refuse the use of cookies, and further information about cookies on the Interactive Advertising Bureau's website

Why do we use cookies?

Cookies help us improve how our website works, and help us progress towards our vision of a better future for our planet.

What kind of cookies do we use?

1.  Strictly necessary

These cookies are used on our direct debit pages, in our Shop, and forum. They are necessary because they enable the use of certain features of our site — e.g. to remember what is in your shopping basket when you check out at our Shop.

2. Performance

We track what is popular on our website and how many times pages are visited using performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use our site and how many clicked through from our e-newsletters. Please see below to learn more about Google Analytics, the service we use to track our statistics.

3. Functionality

We can provide more personal features using functionality cookies, which remember previous choices you've made. For example, we use a cookie to remember which polls you have already taken, and a cookie to show you what your current bee score is in our Bee Cause pages.

4. Advertising

We advertise our website through Google AdWords. Please see the Google AdWords section below for more information on how this works.

We also embed content from other sites, e.g. social media websites, which may result in cookies being set by third parties. You should check the relevant third-party website for more information about their cookies.

Google Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics. This program uses cookies to help analyse how users use the site.

When you use a website, a cookie generates information (including your IP address). This information is stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this data to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or when such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Google AdWords cookies

Our website uses Google AdWords remarketing tags. These allow us to display adverts on Google's Display Network to users who have previously visited our site.

We also use Google's Remarketing Dynamic Ads which use a cookie. You may also opt out of this by visiting Google's AdWords Help pages.