Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s FridaiStock_000011057325XSmally 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: developments on mandatory disclosure requirements in both the United States and Europe; a new report from Professor John Ruggie addressing the human rights responsibilities of FIFA; and an update from Oxfam on its “Behind the Brands” campaign.

On April 14, Professor John Ruggie, former U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, published a report setting forth recommendations with regard to how the Fédération Internationale de Football Association… More

Managing Risk: Integrating CSR and Compliance Functions Effectively

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) is an important component of overall enterprise risk management for many companies. That said, too often, corporate implementation of CSR commitments is reliant upon diverse functions and systems that may not be all that well coordinated with one another and may utilize a range of different oversight and accountability mechanisms.

Too often, assurance of corporate adherence to voluntary standards may not be well documented, while corporate efforts to operate consistently with mandatory social and environmental standards… More

Managing Users’ Rights Responsibly – A Guide for Early-Stage Companies

I’ll be speaking this morning at RightsCon regarding a new guide for early-stage technology companies seeking to operate with respect for users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy.

I have worked to develop the guide with Vivek Krishnamurthy and Dalia Ritvo, friends and colleagues at the Cyberlaw Clinic, which is based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

We developed the guide to provide a succinct overview of the challenges that companies may face when third parties, particularly law enforcement officials, seek to… More

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

iStock_000011057325XSmallIt’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 U.K. Modern Slavery Act; an overview of social and environmental shareholder proposals filed for the 2016 proxy season; and a new effort to benchmark technology companies on their policies and practices with regard to forced labor in their supply chains.

Companies with financial years ending on March 31, 2016 are the first companies required to publish… More

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 include members of the extractive, apparel, and agricultural sectors.

Earlier this year, the CHRB announced the list of companies that it will assess as part of the pilot effort. The companies were chosen based on market capitalization as well as… More

Watch: Webinar on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

This post was originally published on the firm’s Security, Privacy, and the Law blog.

Last month we presented a webinar detailing what you need to know about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and what your company should do now. Watch the recording here:


To download a copy of the presentation, click here.

Legal Perspectives on a “Game Changer” for Responsible Investment in the United States

iStock_000058619978_SmallThe Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) recently published a report, Addressing ESG Factors Under ERISA, that sets forth two legal perspectives on the ability of fiduciaries to consider environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) factors in their investment decision-making.

The report builds upon an interpretative bulletin released by the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2015. The bulletin, previously discussed here, sought to clarify that ESG issues “may have a direct… More

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

iStock_000011057325XSmallIt’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 Facebook executive in Brazil; and a statement from the U.S. Government on its human rights “commitments and pledges,” including its forthcoming adoption of a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

As noted previously, Apple made headlines when it announced that it would not comply with a federal court order requiring the… More

FTC Announces Children’s Online Privacy Protection Settlements Based on Collection of Persistent Identifiers

This post, written by Jeremy Meisinger, was originally published on the firm’s Security, Privacy, and the Law blog.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA Rule”) requires website and online service operators to give notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting children’s “personal information” online. 16 CFR §§ 312.4, 312.5. The definition of “personal information” encompasses some obvious pieces of data – name and address, for example – and some less-obvious ones, such as screen names, geolocation data, and… More

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

iStock_000011057325XSmallIt’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: Apple’s refusal to comply with a federal court order; a new report highlighting the most pressing business and human rights challenges facing companies today; and an evaluation of corporate compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

Apple made headlines this week when it announced that it would not comply with a federal court order requiring the company to assist the FBI in unlocking the… More