Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.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

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

G7 Leaders Issue Declaration Supporting Private Sector Implementation of Human Rights Due Diligence

At the conclusion of the G7 Summit held on June 7 and 8, the assembled leaders released a declaration endorsing the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Specifically, leaders of the United States, the United...more

6/16/2015 - Human Rights Supply Chain Transparency in Supply Chains Act UN Guiding Principles United Nations

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