Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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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

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

U.N. Guiding Principles: Reflections on the Last Five Years

Five years ago, on June 16, 2011, the way we view the human rights responsibilities of companies changed. On that day, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and...more

6/17/2016 - Benchmarks Corporate Social Responsibility Employment Policies Human Rights Modern Slavery Act New Guidance Supply Chain Transparency in Supply Chains Act UN Guiding Principles United Nations

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 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: new guidance for boards of directors on business and human...more

6/3/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility EU European Commission Hate Speech Human Rights Modern Slavery Act New Guidance UK

Corporate Supply Chains and the Elimination of the Consumptive Demand Exception

President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 into law in February of this year. In doing so, he eliminated the “consumptive demand exception,” a long-standing loophole in the general...more

6/2/2016 - Corporate Social Responsibility Customs and Border Protection Enforcement Actions Forced Labor ILRF Imports Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2015

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 private and public initiatives on recruitment fees, including...more

5/13/2016 - Alien Tort Statute Corporate Governance Dismissals Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Human Rights National Action Plan Recruitment Incentives Supply Chain Trafficking UK UN Guiding Principles Wrongful Death

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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 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: the first reports published pursuant to the requirements of the...more

4/1/2016 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Emerging Technology Companies Forced Labor Human Rights LGBT Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Sustainable Business Practices UK

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

Legal Perspectives on a “Game Changer” for Responsible Investment in the United States

The Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) recently published a report, Addressing ESG Factors Under ERISA, that sets forth two legal perspectives on the ability of fiduciaries to consider environmental, social, and...more

3/17/2016 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investors

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