The Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Conference at Harvard Law School showcases innovative thinking about global law and policy with scholars and activists from around the world. It aims to support a network of scholars and policy makers who are committed to global governance, social justice and economic policy. The IGLP also hosts a sub-section on ‘Corporate Power in Global Society — Challenging Limits and Expanding Horizons’. Isosceles is proud to have participated in this thought-provoking conference through Marlena Wisniak's moderation of the ‘Civil Society Organizations and Legal Advocacy’ Panel.
Marlena Wisniak Represents Isosceles at Sustainability and Human Rights Conferences and their Panels
Harvard Law School, Business and Human Rights 2018 Symposium, April 3, 2018, Cambridge, MA
The symposium discussed community representation in business and human rights advocacy, litigating transnational corporate accountability claims, and developments in business and human rights governance at the corporate, domestic, and international levels.
As a panelist, Ms. Wisniak joined a distinguished group of practitioners to discuss recent developments in business and human rights governance. Together with Emily Holland, Senior Associate at Freshfields, John Sherman, General Counsel and Senior Advisor at Shift and Komala Ramachandra, Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Marlena touched upon the nuts and bolts of doing business with respect to human rights.
Net Impact, Impact Summit 2018, 'Social Impact Consulting”' February 9, 2018, Boston, MA,
The Impact Summit brings together local professionals and graduate students from the greater Boston area interested in positive social or environmental impact. The Impact Summit featured speakers and exhibitors from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Touching upon the challenges and opportunities of social impact consulting, Ms. Wisniak focused on presenting the work that Isosceles' business and human rights team does to prevent company activities from having an adverse impact on human rights. Marlena spoke on a panel alongside Donald Reed, Managing Director at PwC, and Stacy Neal, Director of Programs at FSG.
The STRT Development Committee, part of the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) Initiative
The Isosceles Group is proud to announce that Marlena Wisniak, has joined the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template (STRT) Development Committee. Operating under the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) Initiative, the Committee is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based consortium of organizations working together to support companies in their efforts to ensure respect for human rights. The Committee is focused on the eradication of human trafficking and modern slavery from supply chains around the world, and developed the STRT to help companies achieve this goal.
To ensure they meet the robust needs of a broad variety of stakeholders, the Committee consults with external industry experts for their valuable insight when developing data collection tools such as the STRT. The Development Committee actively maintains and updates the STRT. More news about the Committee at Isosceles' work can be found at https://www.socialresponsibilityalliance.org/news/.
The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, November 27-29, 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
World Bank 'Law, Justice and Development Week 2017 - Gender, Law and Development', November 6-10, 2017, Washington DC
Workplace Bullying and Harassment: New Developments in International Law by Ellen Pinkos Cobb, JD, and published by Routledge in April 2017, provides a comprehensive tour around the globe, summarizing relevant legislation and key developments in workplace bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, violence, and stress in over 50 countries in Europe, the Asia Pacific region, the Americas region, and the Middle East and Africa. Workplace bullying, harassment, and other psychological workplace hazards are becoming increasingly acknowledged and legislated against in the modern work world. Their costs are huge and far-reaching, wreaking havoc on the vitality and prosperity of organizations and individuals alike.
This book brings together need- to- know information on global workplace bullying and harassment in one place, the first publication of its kind to do so. It will aid those in the fields of labor and employment, human resources management, occupational and industrial health psychology, health and safety, and workplace regulatory compliance stay abreast of laws and developments that these practitioners must be aware of, whether operating nationally or globally. Academics will also benefit. Links to laws and references are provided, enabling further research.
Boston, MA – The Isosceles Group is pleased to welcome Suzanne Englot to the firm.
Suzy is an environmental lawyer with non-profit and public sector experience in legal and policy research and writing. She graduated in 2013 from Gettysburg College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Public Policy, and a minor in French. During her junior year, Suzy studied abroad in Paris, France, where she studied history, European public policy, and French immigration.
Suzy then attended the Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she earned a Certificate in Environmental Law while interning at various organizations including the United Nations, the Pace Energy and Climate Center, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She received her Juris Doctor (cum laude) in 2016.
As a Legal Environmental, Health and Safety Associate for The Isosceles Group, Suzy’s responsibilities will include writing global regulatory update articles, updating environmental, health, and safety (EHS) protocols, and researching EHS laws and regulations in various countries. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 330-2800.
Austin Kennedy Joins The Isosceles Group to Assist Clients in Implementing Sustainability Measures on an International Scale
Boston, MA – The Isosceles Group is pleased to welcome Austin Kennedy to the firm.
Austin is a sustainability professional with non-profit, education, and consulting experience in the US, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and Southern Africa.
He graduated in 2006 from Lafayette College with a double major in Engineering Studies and Economics & Business. During his undergraduate years, Austin completed coursework in development studies in Central America as well as energy policy in Scandinavia.
Upon graduation, Austin worked with a small non-profit in rural Jamaica, with middle school and high school students in the Greater Boston Area and New York City, and with American university students through a study-abroad program in Southern Africa.
Austin recently completed his MSc in Sustainable Development at HEC Paris, a program focused on the intersection between corporations and sustainability issues. Coursework topics included ISO 26000 implementation, environmental law, socially responsible investing, corporate sustainability strategy and communication, the geopolitics of resources and public policy, among others.
While at HEC, Austin also completed an advanced certificate in Energy & Finance, worked as a student consultant for the European division of a major automobile group, interned with a major global sustainability members-based non-profit focused on the external assurance of sustainability reporting, and completed a professional thesis on this topic. He also has experience with benchmarking and analyzing sustainability programs and reports as well as presenting on a variety of sustainability topics in various formats.
As a Corporate Sustainability Associate for The Isosceles Group, Austin will primarily assist in the development, implementation, and reporting of corporate sustainability plans for Isosceles clients. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (617) 330-2800.
Boston, MA – The Isosceles Group is pleased to welcome Judy Yao to the firm as its Environmental Health and Safety Asia Associate.
Judy graduated in 2015 from Wellesley College with a major in Political Science focusing on International Relations with a specialty in security in the Pacific region. In addition to graduating cum laude, she was awarded membership into the National Political Science Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Barnett Miller grant for Political Science honors students. Judy was a research assistant to her advisor at Wellesley and has also spent time working as an intern for the Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs of the Foreign Ministry in Taiwan where she advocated for Taiwan’s participation in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese with reading and writing skills in both traditional and simplified characters.
Upon graduating from college, Judy decided to pursue her love for food and food systems by joining Clover Food Lab as an assistant manager. Currently, Judy works full-time as a butchery apprentice at Savenor’s Market where she hopes to learn more about meats, gain more culinary skills, and obtain more insight into livestock farming systems in the United States.
As a Environmental, Health and Safety Asia Associate, Judy will write regulatory update articles for both the Global Newsletter and Quarterly Report, update China’s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) protocols, and research EHS laws and regulations. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The Isosceles Group entered into an agreement with JDSupra in March of 2016 in order to post select global regulatory update articles to the public. Four months and 23 articles later, The Isosceles Group has received over 11,000 documented views of its content from readers across the globe. Top viewer articles include those on nanomaterials, the European Union, workplace bullying, Brexit, and construction hazard awareness.
Reader statistics include well-known companies such as Dow Jones, Liberty Mutual, Cisco Systems, Bloomberg Finance, Apple, Microsoft, and Wegmans. In addition, members of government, non-profits, universities and global organizations such as the World Bank, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Indian Airforce, Lancaster University, and Cardiff University have read our articles.
In regards to The Isosceles Group’s global reach, a large percentage of those whom read our articles, aside from those in the United States, are from France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, and Israel.
We invite you to follow us on JDSupra to see some of our highlighted regulatory update articles. If you would like to get environmental, health, and safety regulatory updates for your company, tailored specifically to the areas and jurisdictions you need, please contact Brittany Palmer for more information by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-330-2800.
Boston, MA – The Isosceles Group, an environmental, health and safety firm, is pleased to welcome Jillian Seymour.
Jillian has served in various research positions throughout her professional experience. She has researched sexual health education in Texas public high schools for Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar, as well as numerous Medicare legislative proposals as an intern for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Jillian conducted a year-long research project on Iraqi humanitarian-oriented NGOs within the context of American military occupation, which culminated in a senior honors thesis. Jillian engaged in dozens of interviews with Iraqi humanitarian workers, academics, and former American military personnel for this project.
Jillian graduated in 2015 from Wellesley College with a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. In addition to graduating cum laude, she was awarded departmental honors in Political Science, the Wellesley in Washington fellowship, and the Barnett Miller grant for Political Science honors students. Jillian also supplemented her education at Wellesley with a semester abroad at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, where she adhered to an Arabic-only speaking policy.
Upon graduating from college, Jillian joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer in Ethiopia. Living in a small town in the northwest region of the country, Jillian taught three sections of grade nine English, as well as co-facilitated gender and English clubs. In addition to living in Ethiopia and Jordan, she has also spent time in Morocco working for a local education and cultural center.
As a Junior Environmental, Health and Safety Associate for The Isosceles Group, Jillian will write regulatory update articles for both the Global Newsletter and Quarterly Report, update environmental, health, and safety (EHS) protocols, and research EHS laws and regulations in various countries. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 330-2800.
The Isosceles Group recently assisted one of its global manufacturing clients with direct outsourcing ESH management support for its global headquarters and manufacturing facility’s annual ISO 14,001 audit. The client, a leading manufacturer of sensors and control devices for automotive and aerospace applications, is required by many of its customers to maintain comprehensive environmental management programs and have its main operations certified in ISO 14,001, among other standards. The US global headquarters and manufacturing operations, having been in operation for more than several decades, provides a unique challenge for its location and extensive and varied operations. Besides manufacturing operations, the facility also carries out many research and development projects and failure analysis programs that utilize numerous chemicals, and create a variety of environmental aspects. The ever-changing nature of the R&D and failure analysis creates a complicated “change management” environment that is subject to continual process improvement.
The Isosceles Group’s outsourced ESH team worked closely with site business unit managers and key staff to ensure that new R&D projects and ever-changing customer requests were factored into the environmental management system’s process of tracking changes and recording potential new aspects and impacts. The myriad of constantly changing processes and associated aspects led the combined team to evaluate ways to create improvements year over year that were achievable and could produce cost-savings.
By developing master site logs, stored in cloud-based systems accessible from any computer, allowed for more rapid updating of changes, assessment of impacts, and follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. Simplification of tracking from many different tracking forms to a single system led to less confusion and better documentation. The results of the latest audit found no non-compliances; combined with these improvements in system management, the site has been able to remain Audit Non-Compliance free for 5 years.