Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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French National Assembly Adopts Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law

On February 21, 2017, the French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) adopted proposed legislation defining a duty of vigilance for parent companies and their subcontractors. The law provides that multinational firms...more

2/28/2017 - Corporate Social Responsibility France Human Rights Multinationals Parent Corporation Proposed Legislation Subcontractors Supply Chain

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2017

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: a federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

2/10/2017 - Amicus Briefs Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Electronic Communications Executive Orders Human Rights OECD SEC Stored Communications Act Supply Chain Technology Travel Ban Trump Administration

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

2/7/2017 - Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Social Responsibility Dodd-Frank SEC Supply Chain

The Fall of Section 1504: Congress Votes to Repeal the Revenue Transparency Rule

Congress passed a joint resolution this week expressing its disapproval of the revenue transparency rule issued last June by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rule, issued pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank...more

2/6/2017 - Congressional Review Act Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Natural Resources Oil & Gas Reporting Requirements Resource Extraction SEC Section 1504

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: expected efforts by the U.S. Congress to repeal the Securities...more

1/27/2017 - Climate Change Corporate Social Responsibility Dodd-Frank Guatemala Human Rights Nigeria Protests Repeal SEC Subsidiaries Transparency UK

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: updates on litigation in the Doe v. Nestle case; a private...more

1/13/2017 - Alien Tort Statute Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Orders Human Rights Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. Modern Slavery Act National Action Plan Responsible Business Conduct Sanctions Slavery Sudan UK

Litigation Update: Plaintiffs Survive Motion to Dismiss in Case Involving Claims of Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

January 11 2017 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and therefore a good time to revisit some recent litigation developments. On November 9, a date on which most of the American media was focused on the Presidential...more

1/12/2017 - Alien Tort Statute Corporate Social Responsibility Forced Labor Human Trafficking Motion to Dismiss Supply Chain Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 2016

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: IHRB’s annual list of the Top 10 business and human rights issues...more

12/16/2016 - Benchmarking Corporate Governance Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) Corporate Social Responsibility Forced Labor Human Rights International Bar Association (IBA) Supply Chain Transparency UN Guiding Principles

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: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...more

12/2/2016 - Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence France Human Rights SASB SEC UN Guiding Principles

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Practical Approaches to Integration

This is the final post in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in Wolters...more

11/4/2016 - Compliance Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2016 #2

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: the first annual report from the U.K. Anti-Slavery Commissioner;...more

10/28/2016 - Anti-Slavery Commissioner Benchmarking Beverage Manufacturers Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Food Manufacturers Human Rights Supply Chain Transparency UK

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Adopting a Principles-Based Approach to Performance

This is the seventh in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in “Corporate...more

10/21/2016 - Compliance Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2016

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 important decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia...more

10/14/2016 - British Columbia Supreme Court Child Labor Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure DOL Forced Labor Human Rights Modern Slavery Act UK UN Guiding Principles

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Spotting Trends and Preparing for Future Requirements

This is the sixth in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Just as integrating CSR and compliance can...more

10/7/2016 - Compliance Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Commitment at the Top

This is the fifth in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Integrating CSR into the framework of a...more

9/22/2016 - Board of Directors Compliance Corporate Executives Corporate Governance Corporate Management Corporate Social Responsibility Environmental Policies Tone At The Top

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: How Compliance Can Strengthen CSR

This is the fourth in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. In weighing the costs and benefits of...more

9/14/2016 - Compliance Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Obstacles to Effective Integration

This is the third in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. For some companies, integrating CSR...more

8/31/2016 - Compliance Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Integration

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Building Capacity to Respond to Stakeholder Demands

This is the second in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. CSR is dynamic: it is responsive to...more

8/19/2016 - Compliance Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: A Functional Convergence

This is the first in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in Wolters Kluwer on...more

8/12/2016 - Compliance Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Environmental Policies Human Rights Risk Management

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 2016 #2

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: the release of the third, and likely final, draft of the World...more

7/29/2016 - AICPA Alien Tort Statute Child Labor CIMA Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights Regulation S-K Safeguards Rule SEC Slavery World Bank

Using Information on Human Rights Impacts to Drive Social Performance

New legislative requirements and stakeholder concerns have driven many companies to implement systems to identify and address the potential human rights impacts of their operations. Companies increasingly realize the...more

7/25/2016 - Corporate Social Responsibility Data Collection Due Diligence Human Rights Risk Management

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 2016 #2

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: a new guide for business lawyers from the International Bar...more

6/24/2016 - Anti-Corruption Benchmarking Corporate Social Responsibility EU Forced Labor Human Rights Information Technology International Bar Association (IBA) Supply Chain Trafficking Transparency UN Guiding Principles

Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

6/23/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence EU Member State OECD Reporting Requirements

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