Sarah A. Altschuller

Sarah A. Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

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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

Shareholder Proposals Regarding Corporate Respect for Human Rights

Shareholder proposals filed during this year’s proxy season reflect investors’ continued concerns about the social and environmental impacts of corporate operations. The Proxy Preview published by As You Sow, the Sustainable...more

5/18/2015 - Human Rights Proxy Season Shareholder Activism Shareholders UN Guiding Principles

U.N. Guiding Principles Reporting Framework Released by the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative

In late February, after 18 months of research and consultation, a new Reporting Framework has been released to help companies report on their human rights performance in a manner aligned with the expectations set forth in the...more

3/11/2015 - Corporate Social Responsibility Human Rights New Guidance United Nations

Alien Tort Case Development: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Occidental Petroleum

In mid-December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Occidental Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case argued that Occidental should be held...more

1/26/2015 - Appeals Columbia Dismissals Hiring & Firing Human Rights Negligence Occidental Petroleum Oil & Gas Pipelines US Department of State Wrongful Death

Alien Tort Case Development: The Second Circuit Assesses the Appropriate Focus of Jurisdictional Inquiries

On October 23, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mastafa v. Chevron Corp., a case filed against Chevron Corp. and BNP Paribas pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). The court upheld the District...more

10/28/2014 - Alien Tort Statute Appeals BNP Paribas Chevron Dismissals Human Rights Iraq Jurisdiction

Alien Tort Case Development: Litigation Against Exxon Mobil Corporation May Proceed

In late September, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that two closely related cases filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, and several of the company’s subsidiaries, could proceed. Plaintiffs in both...more

10/1/2014 - Alien Tort Statute Corporate Counsel Exxon Mobil Human Rights Oil & Gas Popular Vicarious Liability

H.R. 4842: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

On June 11, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4842, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

6/23/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Human Rights Human Trafficking Proposed Legislation SEC Secretary of Labor Sex Trafficking Slavery Supply Chain Trafficking Transparency

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

11/1/2013 - Banks Corporate Social Responsibility EU Human Rights OECD United Nations

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