Legal and Regulatory Trends Relevant to the Corporate Responsibility Practitioner

Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 12:00PM EST

What is the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) and the law? CSR may consist primarily of voluntary initiatives, as opposed to legally required compliance efforts, but these initiatives are frequently predictive of trends in the law. Indeed, new legal and regulatory requirements reflect stakeholder concerns that have long been the focus of Corporate Responsibility practitioners. This presentation will assess trends in the law and explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasingly blurred lines between traditional legal compliance and CSR.  This presentation will cover:

Key Trends:

  • Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Transparency and Disclosure Regarding Corporate Management Systems

Recent Examples:

  • The SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule
  • Human Trafficking Regulations
  • Opportunities and Challenges


Sarah A. Altschuller
Counsel, Corporate Social Responsibility Practice
Foley Hoag LLP