Sustainability Analytics and oil producers

The new Sustainability Analytics on the Thomson Reuters sustainability site is helping readers to understand whether climate change is in the news, and what stories in particular are gathering attention. The analytics tool uses a series of “filters,” developed in collaboration with UN Global Pulse, to look for story language related to climate change. The tool also isolates which companies appear in those news stories.

Perhaps not surprisingly, global oil companies are the types of firms which appear most frequently. Taking a look at which firms appear most often over the first nine months of the year reveals the following pattern, with Exxon and BP leading the way in terms of volume of articles reported:

company totals

Looking at the pattern of occurrences over individual months reveals a generally steady flow of news around these companies, with a few spikes for TransCanada in February related to the Keystone pipeline, and for Exxon in April related to UN calls for climate action. Most interestingly, the only alignment for all oil companies covered took place in September, with the UN Global Climate Summit in New York City driving a steady upward trend across all firms: (more…)

Reuters Global Commodities Summit

The commodity trading industry normally thrives on market volatility, be it crude oil or cocoa beans. Lately, however, it’s the industry itself that is enduring unprecedented flux, with Western investment banks bowing out and private investors piling in. At the Global Commodities Summit next week, Reuters will speak to executives from the biggest and best-known companies in the sector about how they’re adapting to a rapidly changing market, what they think of their new competitors and how they’re responding to the surprising slump in oil prices.

Key topics will include:

  • Oil price drop – What does it mean for trading companies? Hedgers? Banks? The future?
  • Private equity investment – Is this trend finished or just getting started? What’s the next shoe to drop? Where does it leave the industry in a few years?
  • Wall St. exodus – Is this trend overplayed? What does the impact of this exodus now look like?
  • Sanctions on Russia and Iran – What’s the impact? What will happen next?
  • Corporate hedging – What’s the outlook for managing commodity price risk? What are the new trends from the corporate sector?

Check out the Reuters Best website – a dynamic resource that features Reuters biggest news wins by sector and region.

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The reconstruction financing loop – Graphic of the day

Thirty billion dollars in funding for new homes in tsunami-ravaged areas is stuck in banks, leaving tens of thousands of evacuees facing a fourth winter in temporary dwellings. Japanese government funds budgeted for reconstruction and transferred to local governments are stuck in banks across the tsunami-ravaged northeast, a Reuters review of budget and bank deposit data and interviews with bank officials reveals.

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Read the full special report.

Linked data and the future of the web

Linked data and the future of the web

The evolution of the web

Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the world wide web. Today’s world would have been almost unimaginable then, and the phenomenal growth of the web has been intrinsically linked with many of the technology advances of the past 25 years. It will be no surprise if that continues for the next 25.

We’re used to hearing about big data, but open data (“data or content…anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute”) is also on the rise. And people are predicting that in addition to bringing societal benefits, this will have a positive economic benefit too. Some have predicted that impact to be worth trillions.

Data on its own can’t make that impact. What you actually need is to link data – not just one data point in isolation but other data that you can use to infer meaning and to help you make decisions from that data. For open data, the current trajectory of growth, particularly the shortage of linked open data is putting that multi-trillion economic potential at risk. At Thomson Reuters, we have been working with the Open Data Institute (ODI) on recommendations for creating value with open data through the use of identifiers. (more…)

Secure collaboration in financial markets

Yvette Jackson, Global Head of Collaboration Services, Thomson Reuters explains the importance of a unified and trusted messaging system in financial institutions.

Connect to more opportunities with free, secure and instant financial messaging for professionals

Employee profiles: Intelligent information starts with talent

At Thomson Reuters, we are trusted for the decisions that matter most, empowering customers to act with confidence in a complex world. Our intelligent information starts with talent. Businesses and professionals all over the globe rely on the people of Thomson Reuters to transform knowledge into action, so they can shape outcomes on the world stage. That’s why we’re showcasing some of our employees that help deliver solutions that enable our customers to do amazing things. Read the brief interviews below and check out the entire series here.

Nick Jarema – Director of Corporate Strategy (Strategy)

Who inspires you, and why?

Jarema

Ben Franklin. He was one of the most creative thinkers of his time and really had the right idea about so many things. He was an inventor, collaborator and was responsible for one of my favorite sayings: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

What is the best leadership tip you’ve learned in your career?

Someone once told me, “When you think someone is acting irrationally, you’re not seeing the world like they do.” It’s caused me to think twice about why people act the way they do.

What do you see as the key to successful innovation?

Asking questions, sharing information and actively introducing people to each other.

Why do you care so much about our business and its employees? (more…)

How are you going to innovate without diversity?

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending an event hosted by the Thomson Reuters Black Employee Network. I have been involved in emphasizing the importance of Diversity & Inclusion through a series of workshops at our Canary Wharf office and my invitation to this event followed on from these discussions.

The title of the discussion was ‘The Colour of Representation’, and was presented by John Amaechi. John describes himself as a ‘Jedi’ Psychologist, and as he is 6’10″. For well over an hour, John discussed the pivotal moments in his life that led to his success, from childhood all the way through to where he is now, a psychologist, broadcaster, presenter, advisor and thought leader on diversity.

A couple of things that really resonated, especially when looking at the various diversity challenges we face as an organization. Some of the most important of these challenges are recognizing the value that can be added through a diverse workforce, ensuring we do not discriminate through our hiring practices and creating an inclusive environment for this talent to grow and flourish.

Firstly, John was clear in his personal objective. He is not in business to sit around holding hands, singing Kumbaya around the campfire. Much like our company, he is in business to win, and to do this, diversity is fundamental! (more…)

Southeast Asia and the oil shock – Graphic of the day

Since June, the price of a barrel of Brent crude has dropped by 25% to $86, which means big savings for Southeast Asia’s large oil-importing economies (Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia), and pain for a net exporter like Malaysia. Today’s graphic is a collection of charts showing economic indicators against oil prices in Southeast Asia.

southeast asia oil

Would you like infographics like this on your website, blog or other social media? Contact us and visit our Reuters Agency blog for insights and discussions on the changing media industry.

The women de-mining Sri Lanka

In 2011, Thomson Reuters Foundation correspondent Nita Bhalla went to Mannar in northern Sri Lanka and met a group of women who had taken on the unusual and rather frightening job of removing landmines. Three years later, she returned, with a camera, to document the work of these women, who are survivors of an almost three-decade-long war.

It is estimated that over one million landmines were laid in the Indian Ocean island’s north and east during the conflict which pitted separatist Tamil Tiger fighters against government forces. When the war ended in May 2009, around 2,000 square km of land was contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance. Now only 80 square km is left – making it one of the big post-war successes of Sri Lanka.

While most of the de-mining is done by the army, aid groups such as the Mines Advisory Group hire women, as well as men to the job, after providing training and competitive payments for their work. They attend a camp for three weeks learning about the types of explosives and landmines they are likely to encounter, plus skills and techniques to search and mark landmines.

Journalist spotlight: Vikram Subhedar on the stocks buzz scoop warning Hkex shares at risk from Shanghai connect daily

Last week, the Reuters Stocks Buzz team was ahead in warning that Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s shares were at risk from a potential delay in the long-awaited direct connection between its market and the Shanghai bourse. Investors had widely expected connection between the two markets to begin in late October and bring bigger turnover to HKEx, whose shares were up 36% so far this year. But a delay in the launch sent its stock lower. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Stocks Buzz Editor-in-Charge Vikram Subhedar offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the team got the scoop.

Q. How did you score this exclusive?

A. With Reuters Stocks Buzz we’re really trying to use our regular reporting, Eikon analytics & market contacts to present compelling ideas and coverage on equity markets and ideally anticipate a big stock move. So the HKEx piece was a combination of tracking HKEx & the Hong Kong market closely over the past few years, having the right contacts in the market and building on some great Reuters reporting around the HK/Shanghai connect over the past few weeks. As excitement over the stock connect grew, so did HKEx’s valuations and it got to a level where scope for disappointment was quite high. Then it was a matter of putting it in a global context and highlighting the fact that this situation has arisen before. The timing of the piece worked well.

Q. What types of reporting/sourcing were involved? (more…)