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Who owns great art?

Christie's employees view painting by Warhol at public preview in London

By Christy Klancher, Sr. Attorney Editor, Thomson Reuters

What would you do if your museum has a collection of indigenous art on permanent loan from a country that subsequently passes a law requiring that all of its art must be returned? Would you return the collection?

Would your answer change if you learned that the country will destroy the collection if it gets it back, as part of a plan to erase all evidence of the existence of that indigenous people?

This was one of the questions posed at the wonderful Thomson Reuters sponsored CLE (Continued Legal Education) session which I recently attended. It was called Who Owns Matisse? Who Owns Art? A Panel Discussion on Law and Art, and took place at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (more…)

Monique Villa named among Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics

Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa has been named among the top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the world of business ethics and compliance. Monique moved up in the ranking this year to #37 and was honored for her commitment to fight modern-day slavery and empower women worldwide.

100MIP_logo_RGB-222x87As the Founder of Trust Women, Monique is the driving force behind several global efforts to advance ethical business practices. Trust Women has now become a global movement to boost women’s rights and to fight slavery worldwide. This year’s annual conference brought together over 550 delegates from 55 countries worldwide.

As a direct result of the Trust Women conference, in 2012, alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Monique launched a U.S. financial working group to encourage some of the biggest financial institutions in the USA to contribute to the fight against human trafficking. Specialized NGOs have designed red flags to identify the financial footprint left by human traffickers and slavers. Today, these major banks have agreed to share suspicious data from their clients’ credit cards with law enforcement agencies.

This powerful collaboration has already led to an increase in the number of suspicious activities being reported to the New York District Attorney and could help thousands of individuals. The Thomson Reuters Foundation will now replicate this initiative in Europe with Europol.

Other actions taken at the Trust Women Conference include: (more…)

Celebrating Veteran’s Day with Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta

Sal Giunta

This year we had the honor and privilege of celebrating Veteran’s Day with a very special guest, Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta. Sponsored by our Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion group, along with the Veteran’s Network, Sal joined us for several events at our Eagan, Minnesota office, the highlight being a keynote address.

For those who don’t know, the Medal of Honor is the U.S. military’s highest honor. It is awarded for valor in action against an enemy force and is presented by the President on behalf of Congress. Since 1863, the Medal has only been presented 3493 times and there are only 79 recipients alive today. In fact, Sal is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

Sal spent the hour relaying his personal experience in the U.S. Army and the extraordinary events that culminated in him speaking to us. His message of teamwork, respect and sacrifice on the part of our military was truly inspiring. (more…)

Participating in the first World Internet Conference with other global internet leaders

World Internet Conference

Last month, Thomson Reuters participated in the first World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China. The conference is co-sponsored by China’s newly formed Cyberspace Administration (formerly named the State Internet Information Office) and Zhejiang Provincial Government, and attracted about 1000 policymakers and top industry executives. The conference covered topics including global internet governance, mobile, cross-border e-commerce, cyber security and terrorism, and has the stated mission to promote the “development of [the] Internet to be the global shared resources for human solidarity and economic progress.” (more…)

Culture – Part six

I’ve been publishing a series of posts here on our company blog to summarize core cultural themes from my perspective, all of which support our Thomson Reuters purpose and values. The sixth part of my culture series discusses how service is not only a department or an activity, but a fundamental cultural value. Read parts onetwothreefour & five.

Firms that are delightful to work with have a service-oriented culture. This culture infuses everything they do and is embodied by every person in the company, no matter their role. It is at the heart of putting the customer first, with the primary goal of delighting that customer. We are all involved in service somehow. Sales, for instance, is a form of service. This is easily seen when you think that customers don’t want to be sold something; instead, they want to buy things they value and enjoy. Sales are fundamentally to help the customer buy.


To truly serve customers, you must truly care about them and about doing a good job. Compassion and empathy for customers and pride of workmanship are both critical. Excellence involves caring and cannot be achieved without it.

Be curious (more…)

LGBT Bar Conference in the UK

It was with much pleasure that Thomson Reuters was able to sponsor and attend the inaugural LGBT Bar conference in the UK, the first event of its type in the UK market and bought to us from LGBT Bar in the US.

LGBT Bar is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations that promote justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community.

lgbtbarThrough our Pride at Work group we heard that LGBT Bar were coming to the UK with their first ever UK conference for the LGBT legal market and with encouragement and support from Jan-Coos Geesink, Pride at Work Executive Sponsor and Managing Director of Legal UKI, we chose to become a sponsor, which provided direct access to delegates and a stand at their Careers Fair.

The conference itself attracted 200+ delegates for a range of subjects on privacy, intellectual property, international finance and diversity within the law, and finishing with a panel presentation that included Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

The Careers Fair gave us an opportunity to expound on the benefits of working for Thomson Reuters and how diversity is very much a part of our business. There were some surprising and perhaps saddening questions from attendees, particularly on whether you can be an out LGBT person in our company and whether there is any harassment of LGBT employees. Thankfully we were able to explain our company’s approach to diversity, our no tolerance approach to harassment, and our active Pride at Work group that helps to educate both internally and externally on LGBT subjects. We were also able to highlight our key services and solutions for their day to day working environment and the wonderful freebies were snapped up like it was a Black Friday sale! (more…)

Exchange Magazine: Open for business


In the new issue of Thomson Reuters Exchange Magazine we turn our focus to an important topic in the financial industry: Open. It is a concept that touches every aspect of the business, whether it is open data, open platforms or open messaging.

Highlights from this issue include Thomson Reuters Tim Baker, Head of Content Strategy and Innovation, and Andrew Fletcher, Senior Manager Data Innovation Lab, on how to transform open data into intelligence; Vincenzo Dimase, FX Market Development Manager, on the growing role of bitcoin and what’s next for the cryptocurrency market; Corey Cherr, Thomson Reuters Head of Agriculture, Weather Research and Forecasts explains why it’s so important to get out in the field to harvest truly valuable agricultural data; and a feature on China, the world’s largest economy.

Also in this issue:

Get your free copy of Exchange on iOS and Android tablet devices in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. Or visit the Thomson Reuters Exchange Website to read individual articles.

Maine can’t shrink Medicaid rolls under Obamacare, 1st Circuit says

From Westlaw Journal Health Law: An Obamacare provision prohibiting states that receive federal Medicaid funds from narrowing their eligibility formulas until 2019 does not pose any constitutional problems or contradict a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided.

A unanimous three-judge panel upheld the law Nov. 17, rejecting constitutional claims by Maine’s top health official, Mary C. Mayhew, who argued that the rule — which has kept the state from dropping 18- and 19-year-old Medicaid patients — violates the Spending Clause by attaching too many strings to federal Medicaid dollars.


A perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

Corporate Equality Index

For the third consecutive year, Thomson Reuters has earned a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a U.S. national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

As a result, we were also recognized among the 2015 Best Places to Work. Now in its 13th year, the CEI evaluates U.S. businesses on their LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. (more…)

A diverse life: Sharon’s story

From meeting Nelson Mandela to sharing a stage with Hillary Clinton, Sharon Sayles Belton’s career has always been newsworthy. Now our Vice President, Government and Community Relations in Legal, Sharon was the first woman and the first African-American to be elected mayor of Minneapolis.

We caught up with Sharon, who has recently been awarded the Hamline University’s 2014 Women in Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award, and she shared some wisdom from her life and work.

Would you call yourself a pioneer?

SSBInterviewYes, I would call myself a pioneer. I was the first woman and the first African American to be elected the mayor of Minneapolis, the largest city in the state of Minnesota. I was a founder of the first shelter for victims of domestic violence in Minneapolis and a co–founder of the National Coalition against Sexual Assault. I have always been a pioneer in matters of concern to women and girls.

What has been your hardest professional challenge?

Balancing my responsibilities to my family while serving as the mayor of Minneapolis - which was a 24/7 job - was challenging. My most difficult professional challenge was developing a public policy strategy to decrease a skyrocketing crime rate. Our strategy, which included a public/private partnership, was successful in driving the crime rate down.

What do you love about your current role? (more…)