Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. 

Cookies are a standard feature in browser software to enhance your experience on the site.  These are small text files that your web browser places on your computer or mobile phone. 

Global Witness uses cookies to compile statistical data on the use of our website and its functioning; to make it easier for users to navigate through the website and to allow you to share our web pages through social media platforms.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you would expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed and security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages on social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient by tailoring and measuring ads.

Cookies settings

When you first visit our website you will see a banner asking you to either accept or manage cookies. 
You can change your cookie settings at any time by visiting the cookies management page. You can also access the cookies management page at any time via the ‘cookie policy’ tab at the bottom right of the screen.

You have the option not to accept analytics and/or third party cookies. However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t receive the benefits that cookies provide to users of our site

Our website does use some cookies which are not included in our cookies management page, as they are essential to the stable and correct functioning of the site. These include cookies for site administrators, and for showing you content in the correct language. You can choose to block these via your browser settings, but this may negatively impact your use of the site. The following sites have some useful information about cookies and how to configure settings for different browsers: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ and http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.

Cookies used on our site

First party cookies

Global Witness (like most websites) uses analytical tools like Google Analytics to understand how users use our website. This collects information such as how many pages are viewed, which we can then use to analyse traffic and make the website function better.  

Third party cookies 

Facebook and Twitter cookies are examples of ‘third party’ cookies on our site. If you click a function on our website that is associated with these parties (e.g. to share or tweet a piece of information), they will place cookies on your computer. 

We embed videos on our site using Vimeo and YouTube and audio using Soundcloud, which set cookies on your computer once you click on the video or audio player. 

Global Witness does not govern the publication of third-party cookies. Please visit the relevant third parties’ website if you want to understand more about these cookies,  such as FacebookTwitterYouTubeVimeo or Soundcloud.

Facebook pixel tag

We use both Facebook pixel tags. Pixel tags are used to track conversion from social media to our website. Find out more about Facebook Pixels 

Names of cookies that we use

Set by our CMS:

  • one session token set for admins


  • one Cloudfare one (explanation here)
  • a CSRF one set by form submission (this is for site security)

First party:

  • google analytics
  • google tag manager 
  • language cookie (to show you content in the correct language)

Third party

  • Facebook, for the social share buttons 
  • Twitter, for social sharing
  • Youtube, for embedding videos


  • Facebook pixel tag 

Can I refuse cookies?

As set out above, you will be asked when you first visit the site if you accept cookies and can manage your preferences at any time on the cookies management page. For instance, you can choose to accept analytics cookies but refuse third party cookies. However, if you select this option the site may not work smoothly. 

This policy was updated on 11 June 2020 and will be updated from time to time to reflect changes of use of cookies and legislative or regulatory developments.