Terms & Conditions
By accessing, using and downloading our website you are indicating your acceptance to our terms and conditions of use
Terms & Conditions of website use
By accessing, using and downloading the Website you are indicating your acceptance to be bound by these terms and conditions and you re-affirm that acceptance every time you access the Website.
The ICA details
Address: The International Cotton Association Limited
Telephone No: +44 (0)151 236 6041
Fax No: +44 (0)151 255 0174
VAT Number: GB 164 6690 39
Company number: 744445
Browse at your own risk
Please note that you access and use the Website at your own risk. The ICA is not responsible for any type of loss or damage which you may sustain as a result of accessing and using the Website. The ICA assumes no responsibility for the contents of any other websites to which the Website has links and if you access any such linked websites you do so at your own risk. The ICA’s inclusion of links to such websites does not imply any endorsement by the ICA of the materials on such websites. The ICA does not permit any third party to operate a link to the Website without obtaining the ICA’s prior written consent nor to frame the Website within any third party website.
The Website is accessed via the world-wide web (“Web”) which is independent of the ICA. Your use of the Web is at your own risk and subject to all applicable national and international laws and regulations. The ICA has no responsibility for any information or services obtained by you on the Web. The ICA reserves the right to modify, supplement, move or delete portions of or add to the Website at any time with or without notice.
You must take the time to read and understand these terms and conditions before registering using the Website. By visiting the Website, you accept that you are entering into a contract with the ICA subject to these terms and conditions. You should be aware that these terms and conditions may change from time to time.
Please note that the ICA is not an internet service provider. In order to avail of the ICA’s services, you must have internet access and all the software (and skills) required for email and internet usage.
As an ICA member or visitor, you acknowledge that ICA are not and cannot be responsible for the behaviour of users – whether on the Website or outside of it. The ICA only provides a ‘venue’ where the ICA information services may be accessed. In particular, you should be aware that the ICA does not generally pre-screen or monitor the material contributed by ICA members and visitors.
The ICA or its affiliates may offer new or additional services through the Website from time to time. Your use of those services may be subject to additional terms and conditions, or rules of use, which you must comply with. Any failure by you to comply with a material provision of the terms or rules governing such additional services will amount to a breach of these terms and conditions and enable the ICA to terminate your licence to use the Website.
The ICA reserves the right to withdraw or modify aspects of the Website, or the entirety of it, where the ICA has legal or commercial reasons to do so. There may also be times when the Website becomes inaccessible as a result of technical difficulties experienced by the ICA or on the Web. The ICA will, however, use reasonable skill to overcome these difficulties where they are within the ICA’s control. Please note that there will be no refund of membership fees (nor will we have any other liability to you) for withdrawal, modification or unavailability of the Website, except as provided below. For security or other reasons, the ICA may require you to change password or other information which facilitates access to the Website.
Misuse of the website
The ICA reserves the right (a) to suspend or terminate any access to the Website, or parts of it, and/or (b) to remove, or require you to remove, material posted on the Website, if the relevant material appears to the ICA, or to a complainant, to be in breach of any provision of these terms and conditions. Any person whose access has been suspended or terminated must not re-register for, or re-access, the Website without the ICA’s prior written consent. You are responsible for everything which is done on or through the Website while your membership or account is logged on to the Website, or through your email address(es). In addition, the ICA reserves the right to suspend or terminate any access to the Website, or parts of it, if the relevant user is abusive, discriminatory or threatening, or harasses or communicates offensive messages or images to another user or individual, whether or not through the Website. For completeness, where the ICA reserves a right in an agreement with you or these terms and conditions, it does not mean the ICA will be obliged to exercise it. Also, given the open-access nature of the internet, the ICA cannot prevent users accessing the Website, in breach of their obligations under these terms and conditions.
You must not place material on, or otherwise use, the Website for any business or commercial purpose other than for the purpose reasonably anticipated by the ICA or use your access to the Website, or information gathered from it, for the sending of unsolicited bulk email (sometimes known as spam).
You are responsible for ensuring that no material you post, or which is posted through a machine on which you access the Website, nor any activity or communication you make in connection with any services provided by the ICA, will be capable of (a) infringing the intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, (b) breaching any applicable law, whether criminal, contractual, tortious or otherwise, or (c) appearing to be offensive, threatening, abusive, discriminatory, obscene, pornographic, false, defamatory, unreliable or misleading.
Contacting the ICA
If you see anything on the Website which appears to infringe these terms and conditions, then please contact the ICA by emailing at the email address above. The ICA do not generally monitor material contributed by users before it is placed on the Website, and so the ICA is reliant upon users to point out any which infringes these terms and conditions.
Withdrawal of material
You acknowledge that the ICA is entitled to withdraw any material on the Website which appears, whether based on information received from users or others or the ICA’s own determination, to be capable of breaching any part of these terms and conditions, or to bring the Website into disrepute.
List of Unfulfilled Awards
The ICA members acknowledge that the ICA may in accordance with its Bylaws & Rules include on the Website details of businesses who are deemed, following the processes as set out in the aforementioned rules, to be so called “Defaulters”. The ICA members further acknowledge that the ICA shall not be held liable for the inclusion (whether correct or otherwise) of any business on the “ICA List of Unfulfilled Awards” (the “List”).
Where an Award has been settled after the inclusion of a business on the List, the ICA shall, on receipt of written confirmation from both parties that a settlement has been achieved, use reasonable endeavours to remove that business from the List as soon as it is reasonably practical to do so. Where the business name has not been removed from the List within two working days following confirmation that an Award have been settled the business shall contact the ICA to inform it of its failure.
Disclaimer and release
The ICA has no control over or responsibility for the accuracy of any material available on the Website, whether provided by the ICA members, Guests, or others.
You should exercise no lesser degree of caution in appraising what you see on the Website than you do offline.
Even though ICA members and users are prohibited from doing so, people may provide information, or otherwise behave, in a way that is unreliable, misleading or illegal. Further, you should note that people may not necessarily be who they say they are.
Your use of the Website and the ICA’s services is entirely at your own risk.
Accordingly, to the extent that the law permits, you release the ICA, its directors, shareholders, contractors and employees from all liability (including in relation to disputes with other users) arising out of your use of a third party site or arising out of or in connection with the Website and the material included here by users and other third parties.
By submitting any material, information or content to the Website, you:
- are representing that you are fully entitled to do so;
- grant the ICA a non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-terminable licence to copy, modify, distribute, show in public and create derivative works from that material in any form, anywhere including without limitation any images; and
- authorise the ICA to adapt the relevant material in the course of doing so, and so waive your moral rights to object to any derogatory treatment, or to be identified as the author, of the material in question.
You warrant that you have full right, title and/or licence so as to grant the above permissions and licences and to provide the material to us.
Loss and liability
Whilst the ICA has taken every care in the preparation of the Website and the content, the ICA cannot guarantee that the Website or content will be completely up to date and free of mistakes. To the extent permitted by law the ICA makes no warranties, representations and/or undertakings (express or implied) in respect of the Website and the content (including, without limitation, the accuracy, reliability, suitability, quality, availability or completeness thereof).
The ICA excludes all liability (other than for death or personal injury caused by its negligence) in relation to the Website and the content, whether such liability arises in contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise (including, without limitation, liability in respect of any losses, damages, costs or expenses of any nature whatsoever incurred or suffered by you of an indirect or consequential nature, such as loss of profits, data, business or goodwill).
You agree to indemnify the ICA against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of these terms and conditions.
All copyright and other rights (including, without limitation, database rights, trademarks (whether registered or unregistered) and all other intellectual property rights) in and to the Website and its contents (which for the avoidance of doubt shall include all information contained in or available from the Website) are owned by or licensed to the ICA or are otherwise used by the ICA as permitted under applicable laws.
You agree not to copy, reproduce, store in any medium (including, without limitation, in any other websites), distribute, transmit, modify, alter, disseminate, create derivative works from all or any part of any of the Website or content or edit any part of any of the Website or content other than as permitted above without obtaining the ICA’s prior written consent. You may not use any metatags or any other ‘hidden text’. You may not use any trade mark of the ICA without its express written consent.
You may not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website nor may you attempt to decipher, de-compile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of any of the Website.
You agree to use the Website for lawful purposes only and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict the use of the Website by, any third party.
Computer viruses and errors
Whilst the ICA will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Website does not contain or promulgate any errors, viruses, bugs, other malicious code or harmful components and will be uninterrupted the ICA makes no warranty or representation that this will be the case. However it is recommended that you should virus check all materials downloaded from the Website and regularly check for the presence of errors, viruses, bugs, other malicious code and harmful components.
The ICA excludes to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws all liability (other than for death or personal injury caused by its negligence) in connection with any damage or loss caused by errors, viruses, bugs, other malicious code or harmful components originating or contracted from the Website and any interruptions in the running of the Websites.
The ICA shall have the right to immediately terminate your use of the Website if the ICA determines in its sole discretion that you have breached these terms and conditions or have otherwise been engaged in conduct which it determines in its sole discretion to be unacceptable.
Should you wish to make any comments to the ICA about the Website or if you have any questions relating to the same please contact the ICA by email on or writing to the ICA at the above addresses or telephoning the ICA on the above telephone number.
In the event that any of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid or unenforceable by judicial decree or decision, the remainder of these terms and conditions shall remain valid and enforceable.
These terms and conditions, ICA membership and any agreement between ICA members and the ICA shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England the courts of which shall have exclusive jurisdiction subject to the arbitral powers of the ICA (where applicable).