California Recruitment Privacy Notice

Last Updated: March 7, 2023

This Privacy Notice explains how Beyond Meat, Inc (“Beyond Meat”) collects, uses, discloses, and
otherwise processes personal information about our California-based recruits and job applicants.
This Privacy Notice is not a contract and does not create any legal rights or obligations. This Privacy Notice also is not intended to replace other notices or disclosures we may provide to an individual in connection with their application for a job or eventual role in our organization, which will supersede any conflicting disclosures contained in this Privacy Notice. 


When we use the term “personal information” in this Privacy Notice, we mean information that identifies,
relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, to an individual within the context of the individual acting as a recruit or job applicant of Beyond Meat. It does not include aggregated or de-identified information that is maintained in a form that cannot reasonably be used to infer information about, or otherwise be linked to, a particular individual. Where we maintain de-identified data, we will maintain and use the data in de-identified form and not attempt to reidentify the data except as required or permitted by law. 


During the recruiting process and when an individual applies for a job with us, we may collect the
following professional or employment-related personal information: 

  • Contact Information: such as full name, email address, home address and telephone number.
  • Professional History & Qualifications: such as previous employers, positions and work
    experience, professional licenses, certificates or other qualifications, employment references or
    referrals, and information relating to potential conflicts with the role the individual is applying or
    being considered for.
  • Educational History & Qualifications: such as highest level of education, the schools the
    individual attended and when they were in attendance, degrees, certificates, or other
    educational qualifications the individual earned, and the individual’s transcripts or educational
  • Compensation Information: such as previous or desired salary, bonus, benefits, expenses,
    and stock or equity grants, as permitted by law.
  • Equal Opportunity Information: such as age, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex,
    gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or accommodation request, or marital or
    veteran status when an individual chooses to provide it, but it will not be used in the hiring
    decision unless specifically permitted by law. 
  • Web-Related Information: such as technical details about the individual’s visit to our online
    services contained in log files or analytics data relating to their usage and activity on our online
    services. For more information, please refer to the general Privacy Policy on our website. The
    Privacy Policy governs our use of information collected from our website visitors. If there is any
    conflict between our website Privacy Policy and this Job Applicant Privacy Notice, the Job
    Applicant Privacy Notice will govern with respect to our use of personal information in
    connection with recruiting and job applications.
  • Other Application and Interview Information: any personal information the individual chooses
    to share with us in their interview or application, CV, resume, transcripts, or other supporting
  • Background Check and Reference Check Information: when permitted by applicable law,
    we may choose to conduct a background check and/or a reference check in connection with an
    individual’s employment such as to verify professional and educational history and qualifications
    or identify criminal history that may be relevant for a position with us. The results of the
    background check and/or reference check may include personal information we do not already
    have about the individual who is the subject of the check.
  • Inferences: we may generate inferences or predictions about recruits and job applicants, and
    their abilities, interests, or preferences based on the other personal information we collect and
    the interactions we have with them. 

Although we often collect the personal information described above directly from the individual, we may
also collect certain information from references, recruiters, job-related social media sites (such as LinkedIn), and publicly available sources (such as government records and social media sites). In addition, we may also collect this information through service providers and other third parties that collect it on our behalf, such as communications providers, scheduling providers and application providers. 


We use the personal information we collect during the recruiting process and when an individual applies
for a job with us to: 

  •  Identify the individual as a potential candidate and review their application for a position with us;
  • Verify the information provided to us in connection with their application or received from other
  • Determine their eligibility and suitability for the potential position or other opportunities with us;
  • Facilitate the recruiting and interview process;
  • Communicate with the individual about the status of their application or other opportunities with
    us that may be of interest to them;
  • Assess and improve the performance and success of our recruiting and hiring process;
  • Conduct internal investigations, audits, compliance, risk management, problem resolution and
    security operations;
  • Fulfill contractual obligations to recruits, applicants and other third parties;
  • Comply with applicable law, rule, regulation, legal proceeding, and government investigations,
    including relating to tax reporting and immigration.

Please note that if an individual accepts an offer from us, we may transfer the personal information we
collected about them during the recruiting and job application process to their personnel file with us.


We may share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes described below: 

  •  Within Beyond Meat: We share personal information relating to recruits and job applicants within
    our family of companies for internal administrative purposes and uses that are consistent with this
    Privacy Policy. For example, the Beyond Meat entity responsible for the job posting may share
    personal information about an applicant with another Beyond Meat entity that is responsible for our
    organization-wide recruiting and employment decisions.
  • References and Background Checking Firms: We may disclose information provided to us by
    a recruit or applicant with references provided by the recruit or applicant in the course of
    conducting background checks in order to verify this information.
  • Other Service Providers: In addition to the third parties identified above, we engage other third
    parties to perform certain functions on our behalf in connection with the uses of personal
    information described in the Our Collection and Use of Personal information section above,
    including assisting us with our recruiting process, personnel management, benefits and services
    offerings and other related business operations. Depending on the function the third party serves,
    the service provider may process personal information on our behalf or have access to personal
    information while performing functions on our behalf.
  • Business Transaction or Reorganization: We may take part in or be involved with a corporate
    business transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, joint venture, or financing or sale of company
    assets. We may disclose personal information to a third-party during negotiation of, in connection
    with or as an asset in such a corporate business transaction. Personal information may also be
    disclosed in the event of insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership.
  • Legal Obligations and Rights: We may disclose personal information to third parties, such as
    legal advisors and law enforcement:
    o in connection with the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims;
    o to comply with laws and regulations or to respond to lawful requests and legal process;
    o to protect our rights and property and the rights and property of our agents, customers, and
    others, including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use;
    o to detect, suppress, or prevent fraud;
    o to reduce credit risk and collect debts owed to us;
    o to protect the health and safety of us, our customers, or any person; or
    o as otherwise required by applicable law.
  • Otherwise with Consent or Direction: We may disclose personal information about our recruits
    and job applicants to certain other third parties with their consent or direction.

Sales, Sharing or Targeted Advertising
Except as otherwise described in our Privacy Policy in connection with job applicants acting in their
capacity as website visitors, we do not sell personal information about individuals acting in their capacity
as job applicants, and we do not share or otherwise disclose personal information about individuals acting
in their capacity as job applicants to third parties for the purpose of displaying advertisements that are
selected based on personal information obtained or inferred over time from an individual’s activities across businesses or distinctly-branded websites, applications, or other services (otherwise known as “targeted advertising” or “cross-context behavioral advertising”).


The following personal information elements we collect may be classified as “sensitive” under certain
privacy laws (“sensitive information”):

  •  Information relating to health and disabilities. We use this sensitive information for the purposes
    set forth in the Our Collection and Use of Personal information section above. 

We do not sell sensitive information, and we do not process or otherwise share sensitive information for the purpose of targeted advertising. However, subject to certain legal limitations and exceptions, you may be able to limit our processing of sensitive information (as described in the Your Privacy Choices section


We retain personal information only for as long as is reasonably necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it
was collected, but no longer than seven (7) years. However, if necessary, we may retain personal
information for longer periods of time, until set retention periods and deadlines expire, for instance where
we are required to do so in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements set by a legislature,
regulator, or other government authority.

To determine the appropriate duration of the retention of personal information, we consider the amount,
nature and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or
disclosure of personal information and if we can attain our objectives by other means, as well as our legal,
regulatory, tax, accounting, and other applicable obligations.

Once retention of the personal information is no longer necessary for the purposes outlined above, we will
either delete or deidentify the personal information or, if this is not possible (for example, because personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store the personal information and isolate it from further processing until deletion or deidentification is possible.


California Privacy Rights

As a California resident, you may be able to exercise the following rights (subject to certain limitations at

The Right to Know 

The right to confirm whether we are processing personal information about you and to obtain certain personalized details about the personal information we have collected about you, including:

• The categories of personal information collected; • The categories of sources of the personal information; • The purposes for which the personal information were collected; • The categories of personal information disclosed to third parties (if any), and the categories of recipients to whom the personal information were disclosed; • The categories of personal information shared for crosscontext behavioral advertising purposes (if any), and the categories of recipients to whom the personal information were disclosed for those purposes; and • The categories of personal information sold (if any), and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information were sold.

The Right to Access &
The right to obtain access to the personal information we have collected about you and, where required by law, the right to obtain a copy of the personal information in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, readily usable format that allows you to transmit the data to another entity without hindrance.
The Right to Correction  The right to correct inaccuracies in your personal information, taking into account the nature of the personal information and the purposes of the processing of the personal information.
The Right to Control Over Sensitive Information  The right to exercise control over our collection and processing of certain sensitive information.
The Right to Deletion  The right to have us delete the personal information we maintain about you.
The Right to Control Over Automated Decision-Making / Profiling The right to direct us not to use automated decision-making or profiling for certain purposes.

You also have the right to not receive retaliatory or discriminatory treatment in connection with a request to exercise the above rights. However, please note that if the exercise of these rights limits our ability to
process personal information, we may no longer be able to engage with you in the same manner. 


Submitting Privacy Rights Requests

To submit a request to exercise one of the privacy rights identified above, please: 

- Call 866-756-4112

Before processing your request, we will need to verify your identity and confirm you are a resident of the
State of California. In order to verify your identity, we will generally either require the successful
authentication of your work-related account, or the matching of sufficient information you provide us to the information we maintain about you in our systems. As a result, we require requests to include name, email address and job title. We may at times need to request additional personal information from you, taking into consideration our relationship with you and the sensitivity of your request.

In certain circumstances, we may decline a privacy rights request, particularly where you are not a resident of the State of California or where we are unable to verify your identity.


Submitting Authorized Agent Requests

In certain circumstances, you are permitted to use an authorized agent to submit requests on your behalf
through the designated methods set forth above where we can verify the authorized agent’s authority to act on your behalf. In order to verify the authorized agent’s authority, we generally require evidence of either
(i) a valid power of attorney or (ii) a signed letter containing your name and contact information, the name
and contact information of the authorized agent, and a statement of authorization for the request.
Depending on the evidence provided, we may still need to separately reach out to you to confirm the
authorized agent has permission to act on your behalf and to verify your identity in connection with the


We will update this Privacy Notice from time to time. When we make changes to this Privacy Notice, we will change the “Last Updated” date at the beginning of this Privacy Notice. If we make material changes to this Privacy Notice, we will notify you by prominent posting at the beginning of this Privacy Notice. All changes shall be effective from the date of publication unless otherwise provided in the notification.


If you have any questions or requests in connection with this Privacy Notice or other privacy-related matters, please send an email to [email protected].


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