Foley Hoag LLP - Corporate Social Responsibility

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Coming Soon: New Requirements for Federal Contractors Regarding Human Trafficking

In the coming weeks, the U.S. federal government is expected to release amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) that are intended to strengthen existing prohibitions against human trafficking by federal…more
| Civil Rights, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations. The order applies to new contracts for goods and services, including construction, valued at more than…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Protecting the Rights of LGBT Employees in the United States and Abroad

On July 21, President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) employees. The President directed the U.S. Department…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

A Conference on Law and Corporate Social Responsibility

International Bar Association Conference on Law and Corporate Social ResponsibilityIt used to be that the links between corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and the law were not so clear. Practitioners in the field were few…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Developments: Fourth and Eleventh Circuits Apply Kiobel’s “Touch and Concern” Standard

In the last month, two federal appellate courts have issued decisions in cases filed against U.S.-based corporations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Both courts applied the “touch and concern” standard established by…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Transparency and Human Trafficking: Is Your Company Prepared?

Companies increasingly face expectations that they will “know and show” that they are taking appropriate steps to manage the human rights impacts associated with their business activities. New transparency requirements on issues…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

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 the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

U.S. Labor Law and Child Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

Human Rights Watch‘s recent report, Tobacco’s Hidden Children – Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, seeks to draw attention to the presence of child labor on American tobacco farms and to the significant…more
| Agriculture, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

European Court Establishes “Right to be Forgotten” Online

Today’s decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that individuals enjoy the right to have truthful yet unflattering information about them “forgotten” from online search results is generating a great deal of controversy…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

SDNY Applies Kiobel II and Holds Corporations May Be Liable under the Alien Tort Statute

In a mid-April decision in the In re: South African Apartheid Litigation, the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) has tackled one of the most pressing legal questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court last year in Kiobel…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

European Union Moves Closer to Mandatory Social and Environmental Reporting

The European Union took another step toward requiring large companies to publish social and environmental performance reports when the European Parliament approved amendments to a draft directive by a 599-55 majority last week…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

D.C. Circuit Largely Upholds SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule But Supports First Amendment Challenge

On April 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, a case that sought to challenge the conflict minerals rule released by the Securities and Exchange Commission…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Securities Law

Foley Hoag Authors Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

The U.N. Global Compact recently released a Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Role of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) authored by Amy Lehr, an associate in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Indigenous Peoples, International Law & Trade

Mandatory Social and Financial Reporting: Coming Soon to the European Union

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) may have its roots in voluntary efforts by businesses to address their broader impacts on society, but the trend towards CSR becoming mandatory advanced significantly this week under a…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

Yaiguaje v. Chevron: Blurring the Lines between Parents and Subsidiaries in Ontario

A recent ruling by Ontario’s highest court clarifying the law governing the enforcement of foreign judgments may turn Canada’s most populous province into an attractive forum for plaintiffs seeking to collect on judgments…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade
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