Managing Personal Data


We treat the privacy and personal data of all individuals with respect and take appropriate steps to protect it.

  • We comply with all applicable data privacy laws.
  • We collect, process, store, use, retain, transfer and delete personal data:
    • only when there is a legitimate business or legal need;
    • when we are appropriately authorized;
    • accurately, adequately, fairly and in a transparent manner.
  • We treat personal data with care and take steps to ensure that it is secure and protected.
  • We only retain personal data for as long as it is necessary, and for the purpose for which the data was collected.
  • We only share personal data with others when there is a legitimate business or legal need to do so, they are authorized to receive it and we take steps to ensure they understand the importance of protecting that data.
  • We prohibit the use of personal data of others for personal purposes, for the commercial benefit of anyone other than Albemarle or in any other inappropriate way.
  • We take appropriate steps to ensure that the transfer of personal data, especially between countries, is legal and secure.
  • We take measures to ensure that third parties who collect, process or use personal data on our behalf do so in accordance with applicable laws and Albemarle’s Code of Conduct for Business Partners.
  • We respond promptly and appropriately to requests from our employees and others to review, update, correct or delete their personal data.
  • We report any suspected theft, accidental loss or unauthorized access, destruction or alteration of personal data as required by law.

Our Code Principles in Action


Personal Data

Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.

Particularly sensitive personal data often has additional restrictions on its processing and use, and includes data relating to:

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • health; or
  • trade union memberships.