Privacy Statement - Sweden

Integritetsmeddelande och Integritetspolicy för Odgers Berndtson Sverige

(For information in English, please see below)

1. Integritetsmeddelande för Odgers Berndtson Sverige

2. Data Privacy Notice for Odgers Berndtson Sweden

3. Integritetspolicy för Odgers Berndtson Sverige

4. Privacy Policy for Odgers Berndtson Sweden

1. Integritetsmeddelande för Odgers Berndtson Sverige

För oss på Odgers Berndtson Sverige är våra kandidaters, klienters, referensers och idégivares integritet av största vikt. Vi vill därför uppmärksamma dig på hur vi hanterar dina personuppgifter och berätta att vi tar införandet av EU:s nya förordning GDPR på största allvar.

Du får detta meddelande eftersom du finns med i vår databas. Orsaken är att du varit i kontakt med oss som klient, kandidat, referens och/eller idégivare eller för att vi bedömt dig vara en potentiell kandidat eller idégivare i tidigare rekryteringsuppdrag.

Odgers Berndtson är verksamma inom Executive Search. Det betyder att vi på klienters uppdrag genomför rekryteringar till ledningsgrupper, styrelser samt till seniora linje-och specialistfunktioner. Ibland gör vi marknadsresearch och talangscanning som hjälper våra klienter att förstå hur kandidatuniversum ser ut. Vi gör också assessments där vi utvärderar klienters interna kandidater och talanger.  

Som del av den nya GDPR-lagstiftningen ska vi som företag berätta för dig att vi samlar in, använder och sparar information om dig i vår databas, samt hur vi hanterar den och hur du kan hantera den. Det gör vi genom att skicka ut det här integritetsmeddelandet och referera till vår Integritetspolicy där allt beskrivs i mer detalj.

Vi vill samtidigt säkerställa att uppgifterna om dig är uppdaterade och korrekta. Därför skulle vi givetvis uppskatta om du vill maila oss korrekt kontaktinformation, samt om du anser det lämpligt, ett uppdaterat CV till

Du har rätt att begära ut en kopia av den information som vi har om dig i vår databas. Du har också alltid rätt att be oss uppdatera eller radera din information. Om du vill göra något av detta så skicka vänligen ett mail till

Tveka inte att höra av dig om du har några frågor eller funderingar.

Vänliga hälsningar,

Odgers Berndtson Sverige

2. Data Privacy Notice for Odgers Berndtson Sweden

For us at Odgers Berndtson Sweden respect for individuals’ personal data is of utmost importance and we are taking the introduction of EU's new GDPR regulation very seriously. Therefore we would like for you to know your rights and how we collect, use and store your data.

You receive this notice because you are in our database. The reason is that you have been in contact with us as a client, candidate, reference and/or source or because we have considered you to be a potential candidate or source in a previous recruitment assignment.

Odgers Berndtson is a global Executive Search firm. This means that we provide executive recruitment assignments on behalf of clients who retain us to find suitable candidates for their management teams, boards and senior level roles and functions. Sometimes we do market research and talent scanning that helps our clients understand the candidate universe in a certain industry or functional sector. We also do assessments where we evaluate clients' internal candidates and talents.

As part of the new GDPR legislation, we as a company is obliged to tell you that we collect, use and save information about you in our database, how we handle it, and how you can handle it. We do this by sending out this data privacy notice and refer to our Privacy Policy, which describes this in more detail.

We want to take this opportunity to ensure that your personal information is accurate and up-to-date. Therefore, we would, of course, appreciate if you could email us your correct contact information, and if you consider it appropriate, an updated resume to

You have the right to request a copy of the information we have about you in our database. You are also always entitled to ask us to update or delete your information. If you want to do any of this, please send an email to

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Odgers Berndtson Sweden

3. Integritetspolicy för Odgers Berndtson Sverige

En svensk version av Odgers Berntson Sveriges integritetspolicy är under utarbetande. Vi hänvisar i nuläget till den engelska versionen som ni finner nedan.

4. Privacy Policy for Odgers Berndtson Sweden

This policy explains how we process personal data within our global businesses delivering search, consulting and assessment services, including how it affects our website

Who we are

We are Odgers Berndtson Sweden. Further information about our firm and our global offices can be found on our website. 

Odgers Berndtson ("we", "us") is committed to keeping your information secure and managing it in accordance with our legal responsibilities, under the privacy and data protection laws applicable wherever we operate in the world, as well as the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EC) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) in the European Union (“EU”).

Our standards exceed those of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, of which we are a member.

We keep this Privacy Policy under regular review and update it from time to time.

This policy was last updated in September 2019. Please review this policy periodically for any changes.

Who this policy applies to

We provide executive search and assessment (“our services”) to a range of clients throughout the world. Details of our services can be found elsewhere on this website. This policy applies to you whether you are a candidate for one of our clients, an individual we are assessing as an employee of one of our clients, a client or whether you are a source or a referee in respect of a candidate or an employee of one of our clients.

Additionally, this policy will apply to you if you attend one of our events or have subscribed to receive information about our services or any of our marketing materials such as our regular newsletter OBSERVE.

For the purposes of this policy:

candidate(s) means an individual who is a candidate, applicant, potential candidate, employee of a client;

client(s) means any, business, firm, organisation, government body or individual that mandates us to perform any of our services;

referee is a person who provides a personal or work reference in respect of a candidate and;

source is a person who provides us with information or intelligence about a candidate.

Quick Access

To make it easier to use our Privacy Policy, please click on the links below:

Section 1 - Gathering Information

Section 2 - How we use your personal data

Section 3 - The type of personal data we collect and process

Section 4 - What we do

Section 5 - Sensitive data

Section 6 - Your right to object and to have your data erased

Section 7 - Newsletters and other communications

Section 8 - Satisfaction surveys

Section 9 - Providing information to others

Section 10- Third parties

Section 11 - Keeping information secure

Section 12 - Keeping your records

Section 13 - Access rights

Section 14 - About our websites

Section 15 - Analytics

Section 16 - Cookies

Section 17 - Third party websites

Section 18 - Complaints procedure

Section 19 - Contacting us

  1. Gathering information

Our clients expect that we identify the best individuals to fill roles within their organisations. So, we need to research systems, online databases and other information sources, and talk to many individuals. Besides our clients, these will include referees and sources to help inform our decision-making process.

The nature of our work means we are required to process personal data quickly, confidentially and often without reference to the data subject. Accordingly, we process such data in accordance with the Data Protection Laws, regularly using our legitimate interest where it is not possible or feasible to speak directly with the data subject. Beyond this, we will seek consent in the circumstances explained later in this policy document.

We collect information from candidates directly when you send this to us via email or post. We also collect information from you when you speak with an Odgers Berndtson employee in any office around the world.

  1. How we use your personal data


We use the personal data we collect from you for a number of purposes:

  • Processing job applications, in partnership with our clients, on whose behalf we are instructed to help fill a job vacancy. This means that if you apply for a specific job, we may pass your details to the relevant client to proceed with the application. As a result, you may receive further direct correspondence from them.

  • Searching for relevant candidates for confidential recruitment assignments where our client is not initially named. This means that if we believe you are suitable for a specific role, we may pass your basic details on to the relevant client. If that client agrees that you might be suitable, we will then discuss this with you in more detail. You might be interviewed for the role by one of our consultants. If successful, you might be shortlisted for interview by our client. At this point, we will pass further details to the client and you may receive further direct correspondence from them.

  • From time to time, we conduct mapping or research exercises on behalf of our clients. This is to enable them to understand a particular market. Here, we may include certain aspects of your personal data. You will not be contacted by any third party about this unless we first obtain your consent.

  • For the performance of a contract, we have concluded with you as an individual, most likely an assessment or coaching programme.

  • For equality monitoring purposes, to understand the diversity of our applicant pool, but only if admissible under the applicable law. (This information is anonymised and aggregated).

  • Improving the service we offer. For example, you may be asked to complete one of our online satisfaction surveys.

  • For marketing purposes to send you information on our services, white papers, newsletters, events and so forth. Please note you may opt out from receipt of marketing materials at any time by writing to us.

We will only use your information in accordance with this Policy, or where we are required or authorised by law to disclose your information to others or, have your permission to do so.

Please be aware that we are not responsible for the data processing activities of others, such as our clients.


We will use client data to perform our services to you and other legitimate business purposes such as marketing.

Source and Referee

We will use source and referee data to perform our services, in particular, to enable us to obtain your opinions on a candidate or to get recommendations regarding potential candidates or sources in a specific assignment.

We may also use this information to enable us to market our services to you as a potential client. We may as well invite you to become a candidate in respect of the provision of our services.

  1. The type of personal data we collect and process

In all cases, we collect and process personal data about you, including your name, address, telephone number and email address.


If you proceed with a job application, or should we consult you about a role, you may be required to submit additional personal data. For example, date of birth, education and career history and curriculum vitae (CV), or resume. Your CV or resume may contain employment history, education, professional qualifications, memberships, details of papers written, references and referees, interests and hobbies amongst other things.

Based on your explicit consent, we will also process any relevant psychometric assessments, psychological tests, or results from such assessments or tests.

We might also collect personal data from third-party databases and other public sources.


As well as basic contact information we will also collect information about your role and other information provided to us by your organisation.

Source and Referee

As well as basic contact information we will also collect information regarding your credentials as a source, details of your relationship/knowledge of a candidate and your opinions of that individual.  We may obtain this information directly from you or publicly available information.

  1. What we do

For certain roles, we may run an advertisement to which you may respond, either electronically or via mail. Other roles may involve one of our researchers or consultants calling you to discuss the details. Then, we will either inform you verbally that we will process your personal data or send you a Data Privacy Notice.  Both will direct you to this Privacy Policy.

Besides filling particular leadership vacancies, we also process personal data when we conduct market intelligence exercises to map out particular business sectors or functions to help clients understand the available talent.

We may also provide services to our clients that entail the assessment and coaching of their employees. Here, depending on the specific assignment, we will either process your personal data to meet the legitimate interests pursued by the client or act on their behalf, in accordance with their instructions. If our services include any psychometric assessments or psychological tests, and we’re not acting on behalf of your employer, we will obtain your specific consent.

  1. Sensitive data

Very rarely, we will seek your consent to process personal data in respect of certain specific and limited purposes. We will always do this before processing any sensitive personal data, for example, data concerning your health. We encourage you not to provide us with sensitive personal data unless it is specifically requested, and we have your consent.

  1. Your right to object and to have your data erased

You are not obliged to provide any personal data to us. However, please note that this may mean we will not be able to consider you in respect of any of our services. 

Remember, you may withdraw any consent you have previously given, at any time. Also, you have the right to ask us to stop processing any personal data and to have it erased. 

In these circumstances, we reserve the right to maintain basic personal data such as your name and address. This is to ensure your personal data isn’t processed by us in the future.

Please note that no automated decisions, such as computerised candidate profiling, are made on the basis of the information we collect.

  1. Newsletters and other communications

If you would like to receive one of our newsletters, we will ask you to provide us with your name, email address, job title, company name and country of residence.  

When you have indicated you would like to receive newsletter(s) from us, we may send email alerts and bulletins about our services and any roles that might interest you.

You can unsubscribe from our electronic marketing messages by following the “unsubscribe” instructions included in our communications.

From time to time, we may contact you with updates on our services, terms of business or simply to ensure that the data we hold is current, relevant and up to date.

  1. Satisfaction surveys

If you take part in a user satisfaction survey, we may ask you to provide us with personal data, including your name, email address, and your views and opinions.

  1. Providing information to others

To help us run this website, and to provide executive search services or assessment services, we work closely with trusted partners with whom we need to share personal data. These partners include:

  • Other Odgers Berndtson offices around the world have signed up to an Intra-Group Data Transfer Agreement. This enables us to transfer personal data to our international group.

  • Our clients, for whom we provide executive search services.

  • Our clients, for whom we provide assessment and coaching of their employees in certain countries.

  • Prospective clients, where we might need to demonstrate an understanding of a particular market and the individuals that work within it.

We will share information only as anticipated within this Privacy Policy and, wherever appropriate, limit disclosure to information in aggregated form, to avoid or limit identifying you personally.

Where we share information with such a third party, you will not be contacted by them, unless we have obtained your prior consent.

  1. Third parties

We may also provide information to third party service providers who process information on our behalf. This is to help run some of our internal business operations, including email distribution, IT services and customer services. As part of our agreements with them, these third parties are required to process such data securely and only in accordance with our instructions. 

Your information may also be shared with organisations located elsewhere in the world.  As their privacy laws may not match your home country’s standards, we’ll only make a transfer data if adequate levels of protection are in place to protect any information held in that country, or the local service provider complies with applicable privacy laws at all times.

Where required by law, we will take measures to ensure that personal data handled in other countries will receive at least the same level of protection as in your home country. 

We may sometimes be required to disclose information about you to law enforcement bodies, agencies or third parties, under a legal requirement or court order. We will act responsibly and take account, where possible, of your interests when responding to these requests.

If you are concerned about these arrangements to disclose or share personal data with third parties, you should contact us and ask us not to process your personal data.

  1. Keeping information secure

We invest significant resources to protect your personal data, from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. However, no system can be 100% secure, and so we cannot be held responsible for unauthorised or unintended access that is beyond our reasonable control.

  1. Keeping your records

We keep your personal data for as long as required to provide our services, and in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements. Where your personal data is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of in a secure manner.

  1. Access rights

You have the right to request copies of your personal data held by us. If you think any of that data is inaccurate, you may also ask us to correct it. You also have a right to require us to stop processing your personal data. Also, you have the right to ask us to transfer your personal data to someone you nominate for your own purposes.

To get in touch with us about any of this, please email or write to us at the address below. Please note that we may request proof of identity. We will respond to your requests within the time frame that applies by law.

  1. About our website

This Privacy Policy applies to our website

The primary purpose of our website is to provide you with information regarding the services provided by the Odgers Berndtson group of companies and consultants. In certain countries, you may use a site to view and apply for jobs.

We use the personal data we collect from you on our website for additional purposes such as personalising the look and feel of the website to fit the personal preferences inferred from how you’ve used the site. (See the "Analytics" and "Cookies" sections for more information.)

We may disclose or share personal data with third parties as outlined above to operate the website and provide our executive search services, as well as assessment services. If you are concerned about these arrangements, you should not use the website and contact us to ask us not to process your personal data.

  1. Analytics

We use analytics tools and cookies on this website to help deliver our online services, identify any service issues, improve our services, provide content tailored to users' personal preferences, and to monitor site traffic and usage.

These tools may be provided by third-party service providers and may include the collection and tracking of certain data and information regarding the characteristics and activities of visitors to our website. We may disclose data, including personal data, to certain third-party services providers in order to obtain such services.

One of these providers is Google Analytics. More information about the ways in which they collect and process your personal data can be found here:

You can opt-out of Google Analytics here:

We also use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize our service and experience. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link. Please note that Hotjar does not store identifiable personal data but stores a pseudonymized user profile. Neither Hotjar nor us will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user.

You can opt-out to the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.

  1. Cookies

Cookies are small computer files which are downloaded onto your device when you browse the web. They collect information about the way in which you navigate and use this website and the wider web. This information may allow us to identify you or your approximate location. Cookies also help us provide you with a more personal experience, like a local version of the website in a local language. Information from cookies also allows us to make improvements to our services.

We only collect "session" cookies, which are not usually stored after your browsing session has ended. These are used to establish your approximate location and to serve up the website in an appropriate language. (IP address collection happens during this process.)

You may delete and block all cookies, or just certain types of cookie, via your browser setting. However, if you choose to block or delete cookies, this may affect the functionality of the website.

  1. Third party websites

This Policy only applies to this website. If you land on our site from other websites or move to other ones from our website, you should read their separate privacy policies.

  1. Complaints procedure

If you have a complaint about how we have handled your personal data, contact us using the details below, and we will investigate your complaint. Please use the same contact details to instruct us to cease processing your personal data.

  1. Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or would like to exercise your rights with respect to your personal data, please contact us at, or write to:

Registeransvarig/Data administrator

Odgers Berndtson

Sveavägen 17, 17 tr

S-111 57 Stockholm