Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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Managing Risk: Integrating CSR and Compliance Functions Effectively

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) is an important component of overall enterprise risk management for many companies. That said, too often, corporate implementation of CSR commitments is reliant upon diverse functions...more

5/2/2016 - Compliance Corporate Social Responsibility Risk Management

What You Need to Know About the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

On March 21, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (“CHRB”) released the methodology that it will use to rank 100 companies on their human rights performance as part of an initial pilot. The companies chosen for the pilot...more

3/28/2016 - Child Labor Collective Bargaining Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) Corporate Social Responsibility Forced Labor Freedom of Association Human Rights

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an overview of amicus briefs in the Apple case; the arrest of a...more

3/4/2016 - Corporate Social Responsibility Data Collection Drug Trafficking Emerging Technology Companies Facebook Human Rights Responsible Business Conduct US Department of State

Five on Monday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

Time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This past week’s post includes: Apple’s refusal to comply with a federal court order; a new report...more

2/22/2016 - Apple Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights Invasion of Privacy iPhone Search & Seizure Sustainable Business Practices Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Human Rights Expectations for the Banking Sector: A New Report from Foley Hoag and UNEP FI

Attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) recently collaborated on a report analyzing the implications of the U.N. Guiding...more

1/28/2016 - Banking Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Human Rights OECD UN Guiding Principles

Corporate Defendants Find a Safe Harbor in California Transparency Litigation

A District Court judge in California has dismissed a complaint against Nestlé USA Inc. and Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. (together “Nestlé”) which argued that the company was obligated to inform consumers that seafood in its...more

1/13/2016 - Animal Food Consumers Legal Remedies Act Corporate Social Responsibility False Advertising Forced Labor Nestle Safe Harbors Transparency in Supply Chains Act Unfair Competition

Five – Five Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September #2

It’s time for another rundown of five developments in the field of business and human rights — and broader corporate social responsibility — that we’ve been monitoring....more

9/28/2015 - Child Safety Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Culture Corporate Social Responsibility EU Human Rights SASB SEC Supply Chain Sustainability United Nations

U.N. Guiding Principles Reporting Framework Released by the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative

In late February, after 18 months of research and consultation, a new Reporting Framework has been released to help companies report on their human rights performance in a manner aligned with the expectations set forth in the...more

3/11/2015 - Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights New Guidance United Nations

Canada Announces Revised Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the Extractive Sector

Map of Canada in Canadian flag colorsIn November, the Government of Canada announced a revised Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) strategy for the extractive sector. Building on Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource...more

12/22/2014 - Canada Corporate Social Responsibility

International Bar Association Releases Guidance for Lawyers on the U.N. Guiding Principles

The Business and Human Rights Working Group of the International Bar Association (“IBA”) recently released draft guidance for bar association and business lawyers on implementation of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business...more

12/1/2014 - Corporate Social Responsibility Draft Guidance Human Rights Code United Nations Young Lawyers

A Conference on Law and Corporate Social Responsibility

International Bar Association Conference on Law and Corporate Social ResponsibilityIt used to be that the links between corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and the law were not so clear. Practitioners in the field were...more

7/31/2014 - Compliance Corporate Culture Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Developments: Fourth and Eleventh Circuits Apply Kiobel’s “Touch and...

In the last month, two federal appellate courts have issued decisions in cases filed against U.S.-based corporations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Both courts applied the “touch and concern” standard established...more

7/29/2014 - Alien Tort Statute Contractors Corporate Social Responsibility Extraterritoriality Rules

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

11/1/2013 - Banks Corporate Social Responsibility EU Human Rights OECD United Nations

Responding to Investor Concerns Regarding Human Rights Impacts

Increasingly, companies will face explicit demands from investors, especially members of the socially responsible investor community, that they provide detailed disclosures regarding internal processes and procedures to...more

5/21/2013 - Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights Investors

Reflections on the Evolving Business and Human Rights Agenda

As mentioned in last week’s post, participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative recently held their Annual Plenary Meeting. The discussions began with opening addresses from Professor John Ruggie, the former U.N....more

4/5/2013 - Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Human Rights United Nations

Participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative Gather for 2013 Annual Plenary Meeting

On March 13-14, participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative gathered in The Hague for the 2013 Annual Plenary Meeting. Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice has served as the Secretariat for...more

3/29/2013 - Corporate Social Responsibility

Board Oversight of CSR & The Role of the CSR Committee

Shareholders increasingly expect boards of directors to exercise greater oversight over the social and environmental impacts of corporate activities. The 2013 Proxy Preview recently published by As You Sow, the Sustainable...more

3/12/2013 - Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility

Looking Ahead: Five Developments We’ll be Watching in 2013

As memories of New Year’s Eve fade, and another Inauguration Day winds down in Washington, D.C., it’s time to look ahead and identify key events and emerging trends that we think will help shape the business and human rights...more

1/22/2013 - Alien Tort Statute Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Human Rights Human Trafficking Supply Chain

Benefit Corporations: Twelve States and Counting

On December 1, a new benefit corporation statute went into effect in Massachusetts, making the state one of twelve that have enacted legislation allowing for the formation of this new form of corporate entity....more

12/20/2012 - Benefit Corporations Corporate Social Responsibility

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