Policies

bondi policies, Liberty Whale supported by local council, bondi beach, sydney, new, australia

1. Green: offset website carbon emissions with Registered Carbon Offsets via reforestation

2. Giving: assist the human & natural environment via supporting a selection of charities

3. Privacy: inform consumers about information collection procedures, policy & legal rights

4. Ethics: commit to honest business conduct, protective policies and personal philosophies

5. Copyright: adhere to relevant copyright laws (then flout them via Creative Commons!)

6. Values: follow and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

1. Green: offset website carbon emissions with Registered Carbon Offsets via reforestation

The web is one of the largest and fastest growing emitters of carbon dioxide on the planet. We have offset the negative environmental impact of atbondi.com by registering with www.tickgreen.com.au.

By registering with tickgreen, we have paid for cleared land to be reforested. These trees help remove carbon from the atmosphere so we offset the carbon emissions generated by powering our website, email and facebook. Tickgreen issues 100% certified carbon credits from Australian Government state forests.

Interesting fact: In Australia alone there are around 173, 422 web servers. A basic web server has a power consumption of around 100 Watts and is responsible for almost a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions every year. This means Australia’s web servers produce at least as much carbon dioxide as 35,000 cars. Eek. (Web server statistics source: www.securityspace.com)

 

2. Giving: assist the human & natural environment via supporting a selection of charities

Philanthropy can be defined as “the planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services, voice and influence to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community”. (Philanthropy Australia, 2011).

Philanthropy Australia is the peak body in this country for giving. You can find a plethora of information on their site if you would like to know more (or give more).

We have chosen WAYS Bondi and SurfAid International as the focus of our giving policy. They are both wonderfully deserving charities and we hope to provide as much support as possible.

So, please, give it up folks…

 

3. Privacy: inform consumers about information collection procedures, policy & legal rights

We take your privacy very seriously. Our Privacy Policy describes what we do, and what we don’t do, with the personal information of our readers and other users that we collect using this website.

We have the right to update this privacy policy from time to time by posting a new version on this website. Please check this web page periodically in order to ensure that you are familiar with any changes.

 

4. Ethics: commit to honest business conduct, protective policies and personal philosophies

- encourage respect for all people, regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, sexuality, status, political persuasion, location or fashion sense.

- strive to protect our environment, respect all Indigenous cultures (particularly Australia’s first people), help those in need, celebrate cultural diversity, be grateful for freedom, reduce greed and waste, learn to really listen and nurture community spirit.

- value people with the courage to live unconventional lives, value creative folk, support activists willing to fight for human rights and our environment and show full respect to those willing to push the boundaries of what’s possible and sensible (yes, that includes you Sir Richard Branson).

- undertake and encourage scrupulous business conduct including trustworthiness, integrity, constructive cooperation, competence, transparency and truthfulness (honestly…).

- give philanthropically…intelligently, selflessly, purposefully and generously.

With regard to current Australian debate: we fully support gay marriage, agree with a price on pollution, strongly oppose the current inhumane, ineffective asylum seeker policy and support the renewable energy industry (lord knows, we have abundant supplies of sun, wind and water here people!!).

Read more about current Australian political debate and policy at www.getup.org.au - “an independent movement to build a progressive Australia and bring participation back into our democracy”

 

5. Copyright: adhere to relevant copyright laws (then flout them via Creative Commons!)

Unless noted to the contrary, all photography on the atbondi.com site is licensed under Creative Commons, allowing anyone to legally share and use the images, guilt free! You just need to credit me in return, not alter the images and contact me if you want to use anything commercially. Here’s the lowdown…

You are free to:

- Share: to copy, distribute and transmit the images

Under the following conditions:

- Attribution: You must attribute the work by crediting andy solo atbondi.com.

- Non-Commercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes (money or endorsement).

- No Derivative Works: You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work without permission.

With the understanding that: 

- Waiver: Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from me, andy solo.

- Public Domain: Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.

- Other Rights: In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:

- Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;

- The author’s moral rights;

- Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.

Note: For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this CC web page.

More about Creative Commons…

The Creative Commons vision “is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet – universal access to research and education and full participation in culture – to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity” and to maximise digital creativity, sharing and innovation. Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the ‘copyleft’ movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer public domain by providing an alternative to the automatic “all rights reserved” copyright, dubbed “some rights reserved.” (source: wikipedia).

Notable users and supporters are Google, Wikipedia, Ebay, Microsoft, Nike, Flikr, Al Jazeera, Nine Inch Nails and The Whitehouse, amongst hundreds of millions of others.

Please note…

Whilst I have chosen to encourage the sharing of images from this site, I fully respect the right of others to stipulate more restrictive usage rights. Under Creative Commons, I still retain copyright of all images (taken by me) and respect the rights of all artists protected under Australian copyright laws – check them out here if you’re interested.

 

6. Values: follow and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I know it’s a big call, but little ol’ atbondi.com hereby commits to the UN Charter of Human Rights which can be read in detail here.

If you get through it all, I think you should immediately indulge in your UN-given right as prescribed in Article 24 (“Everyone has the right to rest and leisure…”).

 

And congratulations. You are (most likely) the very first person to have made it all the way to the bottom of the policy page. Good for you!