Terms and Conditions

Welcome to www.equitableorigin.org, the website for Equitable Origin (the “Website”). On these pages, “we” and “Equitable Origin” “mean Equitable Origin LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and Equitable Origin Inc., a non-profit organization incorporated in Delaware with exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. If you visit www.equitableorigin.org, you accept these Terms of Use and all policies posted on our Website, including our Privacy Policy.

Terms of Use

Please read the following Terms of Use carefully. We may change or update these Terms of Use at any time. If we do so, we will post the revised Terms of Use on the Website. The date of the most recent revision will always be shown at the end of the Terms of Use. Please review our Terms of Use as often as you feel necessary, because each use of our Website is your confirmation that you agree with and accept the most recent version of these Terms of Use. If you do not agree with our current Terms of Use, please do not use this Website.

Privacy Policy

Equitable Origin respects your privacy and the security of your personal information. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy that follows these Terms of Use so that you understand how we collect and use your information and can make informed choices about using our Website.

Trademarks and Copyrights

The Equitable Origin name and logo and all other trademarks, service marks, or trade dress on this Website that reference Equitable Origin products and services are owned by Equitable Origin LLC. All other trademarks on the Website are the property of the respective trademark owners and are used on the Website with the permission of the owners. All designs, web pages, and source code included in the Website are copyrighted or licensed by Equitable Origin and are protected by United States and international copyright laws. Material from the Website, including Content (as defined below), may not be copied, distributed, republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way without the prior written consent of Equitable Origin. Unauthorized use of any material on the Website or any Equitable Origin or third-party trademarks is prohibited by law.

Submissions and Communications

This Website may make message boards, blogs, forums, personalized pages, chat rooms and other features available to its users, and we welcome you to make use of any such features. Please remember, however, that any information, photos or videos that are disclosed in public areas on the Website become public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information or images. You may use an alias when posting personal information on any feature provided by this Website.

You agree that you will not upload or transmit any remarks, comments, postings, submittals, suggestions, messages, ideas, photographs, graphics, images, photos, video, sound, information, data, text, files, links, software, or other materials ("User Content") that:

i. you know is false or misleading;

ii. infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party;

iii. is patently offensive or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;

iv. is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory, or libelous;

v. exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;

vi. contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website;

vii. solicits personal information from anyone under 13;

viii. provides any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, URLs, or email addresses;

ix. involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming;

x. contains restricted or password-only access pages or hidden pages or images;

xi. furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities;

xii. solicits passwords or personally identifiable information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users of this Website;

xiii. involves commercial activities and/or sales without the prior written consent of Equitable Origin, such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes; or

xiv. includes a photograph of another person that you have posted without that person's consent.

By submitting User Content through the Website you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, and do grant, Equitable Origin a non-exclusive, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable, sublicenseable, royalty-free right and license to access, use, reproduce, store, modify, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform and create derivative works of any User Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate all or any portion of it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party that may exist in such User Content, for any purposes. You understand that anything that you post on or make available to others through the Website may remain on the Website, in whole or in part, even after your use of the Website terminates. Under no circumstances will Equitable Origin be required to treat any User Content as confidential, except to the extent that the Website's Privacy Policy applies. Equitable Origin will be entitled to use the User Content in any manner consistent with the Website's Privacy Policy without compensation to you or any other person. For the avoidance of doubt, Equitable Origin will not be liable to you or any other person for any ideas (including, without limitation, product designs) derived from the User Content and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities to the User Content that may appear in any future products or services of Equitable Origin.

You acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for whatever User Content you submit, and you, not Equitable Origin, shall have full responsibility for the User Content, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and non-interference with third-party rights. Equitable Origin shall have the right, but not the responsibility, to refuse to post, remove, or edit all or any portion of any User Content. As a user of the Website, you will represent yourself accurately and truthfully at all times.

The EO100™ Standard

We make copies of Equitable Origin’s publication, the “EO100™ Standard,” available only on request and, then, only under limited circumstances (as described in the terms of use governing the EO100™ Standard). You may request a digital copy of the EO100™ Standard, by clicking here [Insert link to page containing the EO100™ Standard Request Page and Terms of Use], providing us with the name of your organization (if applicable), your name, your position within your organization (if applicable), your mailing address, your email address, and your telephone number. If you request it, Equitable Origin may also mail you one (1) print copy of the EO100™ Standard. Prior to submitting your request to obtain the EO100™ Standard, Equitable Origin will also require that you accept the separate terms of use which govern the use of the EO100™ Standard.

Other Content Available on the Website

Equitable Origin grants you permission to use any other documents or materials (except the EO100™ Standard), such as FAQs, blog entries, datasheets, articles, photographs, and press releases, that it owns and may make available on the Website (collectively, the “Equitable Origin Content” and together with all User Content, the “Content”), provided that: (a) you do not modify the Equitable Origin Content; (b) your use of the Equitable Origin Content is for informational, personal, and non-commercial purposes only and the Equitable Origin Content will not be posted on any network computer or broadcast in any media; and (c) you will retain copyright notices and other proprietary notices on every copy you make. Equitable Origin may revoke this permission at any time and, if it does so, you agree to stop using the Equitable Origin Content immediately. Use for any purpose other than as provided in clause (b), above, is expressly prohibited by law.

Equitable Origin may also have patents, patent applications, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights covering the Equitable Origin Content, and Equitable Origin and its licensors retain all right, title, and interest in and to such intellectual property rights. Except as expressly provided above or in a written agreement between you and Equitable Origin, the furnishing of the Equitable Origin Content does not grant you any license, express or implied, to any such patents, patent applications, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property of Equitable Origin.


The Website may include links to other websites that are not owned or operated by Equitable Origin and may also include information and material that relate to products and services provided by third party service providers. You acknowledge that Equitable Origin is not responsible for the operation of, or content located on or through, any third-party website. The inclusion of a link to such website does not imply endorsement by Equitable Origin. Viewing of any website linked to the Website is at your own risk.


Equitable Origin does not market itself to children. If you are under 18, you may use the Website only with involvement of a parent or guardian.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Equitable Origin and its subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliates, and each of their officers, managers, directors, representatives, agents, and employees (collectively, the "Indemnitees") from and against any and all liability, damages and costs (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) incurred by the Indemnitees in connection with your use of the Website, including without limitation with respect to any claim arising out of any User Content that you submit, or breach or alleged breach of any of your obligations set forth in these Terms of Use. Equitable Origin reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you. You shall not settle any matter without the written consent of Equitable Origin. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim.

Site Disclaimer

The Website, including all Content on the Website, is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Use of the Website is at your own risk. The Website is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, Equitable Origin, its subsidiaries, and its licensors do not warrant that the Content is accurate, reliable, complete, or correct; that the Website will meet your requirements; that the Website will be available at any particular time or location, uninterrupted or secure; that any defects or errors will be corrected; or that the Website is free of viruses or other harmful components. Any Content downloaded or accessed through the Website is downloaded or accessed at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from such download or access.

Limitation of Liability

Equitable Origin will not be liable for any damages or injury, including but not limited to, special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, caused by the Website or any Content on the Website or any use of or inability to use the Website, including, but not limited to, any error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, failure of performance, or computer virus, even if an authorized representative of Equitable Origin has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Equitable Origin will not be liable for any damages or injury, including but not limited to, special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, that may result from linking to any third-party website.

Exclusions and Limitations

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to certain users.


Equitable Origin may, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, at any time terminate your access to the Website and any password you may have in connection with the Website and remove your personal information and User Content from the Website.


This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Equitable Origin regarding your use of the Website and supersedes all prior agreements or communications. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by any court, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement. No waiver shall be effective against us unless we make it in writing, and no such waiver shall be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in the State of Delaware. Any court of competent jurisdiction sitting within New Castle County, Delaware, will have exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any dispute arising out of or relating to the Website or this Agreement, and you hereby waive any argument that any such court does not have jurisdiction over you or such dispute or that venue is not appropriate or convenient.

Contact Us

If you have any comments or questions about these Terms of Use, please feel free to contact us at:

Equitable Origin
894 Avenue of the Americas
5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Or by email at: contact[at]equitableorigin.org

Last Update

These Terms of Use were last updated and are effective as of February 24, 2012.