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

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

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

U.S. Congress Finally Eliminates the Consumptive Demand Exception

On February 11, the U.S. Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation this week. A key provision in the Act eliminates the “consumptive demand...more

2/17/2016 - Child Labor Corporate Counsel Customs and Border Protection DOL Exceptions Forced Labor Imports Pending Legislation Supply Chain

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

Companies are increasingly being required to disclose how they assess and respond to the risks of human trafficking in their product supply chains. Statutes like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the U.K....more

2/8/2016 - Anti-Corruption Compliance FCPA Federal Contractors Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 Transparency in Supply Chains Act 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: recent developments with regard to a major Alien Tort Statute...more

2/5/2016 - Alien Tort Statute Anti-Corruption Cargill Child Labor Corporate Liability FCPA Human Rights Nestle Petition for Writ of Certiorari Slavery Supply Chain Trafficking

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

Alien Tort Case Development: Still No Corporate Liability in the Second Circuit (At Least for Now)

On December 8, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims in five consolidated cases against Arab Bank, PLC. Plaintiffs in each of the cases alleged that they, or their family members, had...more

12/15/2015 - Alien Tort Statute Anti-Terrorism Act Corporate Liability Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. SCOTUS Terrorism Funding

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: Five Things You Need to Know

The transparency provisions of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act went into effect on October 29. At the same time, the U.K. Government has released guidance for companies seeking to comply with the Act....more

11/2/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Human Rights Human Trafficking Injunctive Relief Modern Slavery Act New Guidance Reputation Management Subsidiaries Supply Chain Transparency UK

Securities and Exchange Commission Sets Schedule for Rulemaking on Revenue Transparency

On October 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a schedule with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts providing details as to when the agency will seek to issue a final rule on revenue...more

10/5/2015 - American Petroleum Institute Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Extractive Industry Transparency Rule Final Rules Oxfam America Revenue SEC Transparency Vacated

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

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

There continue to be regular developments in the business and human rights field that warrant attention from both companies and their stakeholders. New legislation and regulation, shifting policy positions, and developments...more

9/11/2015 - Canada Class Action Cloud Computing Costco Data Privacy Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank DOJ ECPA Ecuador Final Rules Forced Labor Human Trafficking Independent Contractors Microsoft Misclassification Nestle SEC Sharing Economy Supply Chain Supreme Court of Canada Transparency Uber

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Operating in the United Kingdom

Companies that do business in the United Kingdom should assess their exposure to the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, which goes into effect this October. The transparency provisions of the Act are applicable to companies that do any...more

8/25/2015 - Audit Policies Board of Directors Corporate Entities Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence Enforcement Human Rights Human Trafficking Injunctive Relief Modern Slavery Act Partnerships Policies and Procedures Public Disclosure Supply Chain Training Transparency Transparency in Supply Chains Act UK

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Operating in the United Kingdom

Companies that do business in the United Kingdom should assess their exposure to the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, which goes into effect this October. The transparency provisions of the Act are applicable to companies that do any...more

8/19/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Foreign Corporations Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Transparency UK

H.R. 3226: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

In late July, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

8/5/2015 - Child Labor Forced Labor Human Rights Human Trafficking Privately Held Corporations Proposed Legislation Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Slavery Supply Chain Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Alien Tort Case Development: Plaintiffs in Exxon Mobil Case Survive “Touch and Concern” Review

Earlier this month, the District Court for the District of Columbia denied Exxon Mobil’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims in Doe I v. Exxon Mobil, a case brought pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Plaintiffs...more

8/3/2015 - Aiding and Abetting Alien Tort Statute Corporate Counsel Extraterritoriality Rules Exxon Mobil Human Rights Jurisdiction Mens Rea Motion to Dismiss

Alien Tort Case Development: Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Ford and IBM

Earlier this week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision in In re: South African Apartheid Litigation dismissing claims brought pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Ford and IBM. Plaintiffs had...more

8/3/2015 - Aiding and Abetting Alien Tort Statute Appeals Ford Motor Human Rights IBM Race Discrimination South Africa

Conflict Minerals: European Parliament Endorses New Compliance Requirements

It has been nearly a month since the deadline for companies in the United States to file their second annual conflict minerals reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As companies and their stakeholders assess...more

6/29/2015 - Compliance Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Counsel EU Popular SEC Supply Chain

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