Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Sanctions Tool for Promoting U.S. Human Rights Agenda

Overview - After months of closed-door discussions, Congress this week released the text of the negotiated National Defense Reauthorization Act (“NDAA”) for appropriating defense funds in fiscal year 2017. Tucked deep...more

12/2/2016 - Human Rights NDAA OFAC Sanctions

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

Key Points Regarding the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On November 22, the Presidency of the European Council and the European Parliament announced agreement on the text of a new conflict minerals regulation. The agreement is based on the “political understanding” that was...more

11/29/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Due Diligence EU New Regulations OECD

Five on Friday – Special Post-Election Edition

It’s Friday and time for an overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post is focused entirely on responses to the recent election of Donald Trump as the next...more

11/18/2016 - Climate Change Corporate Governance Donald Trump Executive Orders Human Rights National Action Plan Presidential Elections Social Media Trump Administration

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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 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 GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

9/30/2016 - Alien Tort Statute Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence GAO Human Rights SEC Supply Chain Sustainability U.S. Commerce Department Working Conditions

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

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 announcement by the International Criminal Court regarding the...more

9/16/2016 - Burma Commercial Bankruptcy GSP Regime Hanjin Shipping Human Rights ICC Natural Resources Reporting Requirements Sanctions Supply Chain

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

Alien Tort Case Development: Plaintiffs Overcome Presumption against Extraterritoriality, but Still No Corporate Liability in the...

On August 24, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims in a case filed against Lebanese Canadian Bank pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Plaintiffs in the case, Licci et al. v....more

9/9/2016 - Aiding and Abetting Alien Tort Statute Banks Corporate Counsel Corporate Liability Dismissals Extraterritoriality Rules Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. Terrorism Funding Terrorist Acts

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

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

7/15/2016 - Contempt Customer Protection Rule Discovery ECPA Electronic Communications Email Enforcement Authority Extraterritoriality Rules Microsoft Motions to Quash Privacy Laws Reasonable Expectation of Coverage Search Warrant Stored Communications Act

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 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: a new lawsuit aimed at combating human trafficking in corporate...more

7/11/2016 - Burma Forced Labor Human Rights Human Trafficking Multinationals OECD Reporting Requirements Socially Responsible Investments Supply Chain Thailand Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues New Rule on Extractive Industry Transparency

On June 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new rule requiring extractive sector companies (oil, gas, and mining) to disclose the payments that they make to governments for the commercial development...more

7/7/2016 - Canada Commercial Development Dodd-Frank EU Form SD Government Payments Mineral Extraction Minerals Oil & Gas Popular Reporting Requirements Resource Extraction SEC Transparency

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

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