Foley Hoag CSR Practice Launch of Blog

CSR blog provides practical guidance to corporations and their stakeholders to manage risk arising from evolving social expectations and legal norms

December 9, 2010

The law firm Foley Hoag LLP (“Foley Hoag”) recently launched a blog focusing on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”).  The blog is intended to advise companies across the globe that are facing increased scrutiny from stakeholders concerned with the social and environmental impacts of their operations, as well as the financial bottom line.  The blog, “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law” (, written by attorneys in Foley Hoag’s unique CSR practice, covers a wide range of issues, ranging from new regulatory social due diligence and disclosure requirements to best practices in stakeholder engagement.

Three attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Washington, D.C., office -- Gare A. Smith, Sarah A. Altschuller, and Amy K. Lehr – are the primary authors of “CSR and the Law.”  Mr. Smith founded Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice in 2000.  Ms. Altschuller and Ms. Lehr are associates in the CSR practice.

Recent posts on the blog have addressed topics ranging from human rights due diligence to decisions by federal appellate courts on domestic tort liability for violations of international law.  The blog discusses issues relevant to both counsel working at corporate headquarters and to project managers at sites around the globe.  Examples of recent posts include:

  • “Human Rights Due Diligence and the Corporate Lawyer” – focusing on due diligence requirements contained within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010.
  •  “ICMM Releases Good Practice Guide on Indigenous Peoples and Mining” – covering best practices in engagement with indigenous peoples as discussed in a new report by the International Council on Mining and Metals.  This post also referenced Foley Hoag’s report, Implementing a Corporate Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Policy: Benefits and Challenges, a ground-breaking exploration of the challenging interactions between extractive sector companies and indigenous peoples.
  • “Second Circuit Holds that Corporations are not Proper Defendants under the Alien Tort Statute” – exploring the implications of a recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum with regard to the applicability of the Alien Tort Statute to corporate defendants.

“The blog is a natural extension of our CSR practice, which helps companies anticipate challenges and mitigate risks by incorporating internationally recognized standards into their strategic planning, crisis response strategies, and relationships with community and industry stakeholders,” said Mr. Smith. “The blog provides our attorneys with an important forum to analyze new developments and complex challenges in this dynamic field.”

Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law blog posts include links for additional information, as well as space for reader comments.  Archived older entries are also accessible.

Foley Hoag’s CSR practice advises multinational corporations, governments, and multilateral institutions on a range of social, political, and environmental issues, including: legal and reputational risk management with respect to human rights; labor rights; the rights of indigenous peoples; the design and implementation of stakeholder engagement programs; professional auditing services, ranging from due diligence desk-top analyses to on-the-ground human rights impact assessments; and the monitoring of social, human rights, and environmental initiatives.  The practice also provides crisis management and mediation services for issues concerning impacted communities and stakeholder groups.  This past June, Foley Hoag’s CSR practice was selected to serve as the new Secretariat for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – a multi-stakeholder initiative that guides extractive sector companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations in a manner that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. 

The blog joins several other practice group blogs written by Foley Hoag lawyers on topics ranging from noncompete law, environmental law and trademark law.  Find all Foley Hoag blogs here.

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