That’s how many coats the Thomson Reuters Chicago office donated to kids at Ninos Heroes Elementary Community Academy, located on the south side of Chicago.
26 Feb 2014Thomson Reuters
How it all started
Eric Cochran, who spends two days a week at Heroes as the school’s social worker, asked his friends and family in the fall of 2011 for some help. He wanted to provide winter coats for students at this school who would otherwise have to go without. That first year, Eric was able to provide coats to 12 of the students. (more…)
Spotlight on our Foundation’s journalists Anastasia Moloney and Katy Migiro
20 Feb 2014Thomson Reuters
Journalism is one of the core pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, with a team of reporters dedicated to covering the world’s under-reported stories, including human rights abuses, the human impact of climate change and the social damage posed by endemic corruption.
This month we spoke to Anastasia Moloney and Katy Migiro, both journalists at the Foundation, to find out more about the people who devote their careers to concentrate on stories highlighting social issues.
Thomson Reuters has been a key sponsor of the annual Good Sports Legends of the Ball events in Boston and Chicago since 2007. Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide in the U.S. Unfortunately for many children, the lack of equipment in their schools and community programs is a key barrier to participation. They aim to address that issue by partnering with sporting goods manufacturers to secure donated and deeply discounted equipment to benefit programs in need. What began with a donation of 500 basketballs has grown to more than $10 million worth of equipment to impact youth across the country. (more…)
Launched in October 2013, a new independent financial and business news service called ‘the Source’ is thriving in Zimbabwe. Supported by Thomson Reuters Foundation and the European Journalism Centre, the Source provides citizens, media organisations, and potential investors in Zimbabwe with greater access to financial and business news and analysis.
We spoke to Editor in Chief Nelson Banya about the challenges of telling a complex economic story in a difficult climate. (more…)
2014 got off to a great start in the UK this year with a little help from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf. Last month, Thomson Reuters and 36 other organizations supported the launch of the Power of Diversity Programme. Three buses have been designed to highlight diversity and inclusion in the corporate world. The buses are part of wider project that the Lord Mayor has launched to support diverse talent in the city of London and kick start a conversation about diversity on boards. The Mayor stated that she would like businesses to understand that diversity & inclusion not only has a moral case, but a clear business one as well. The buses will run on the “Golden Route” throughout 2014. (more…)
Last month I met a man whose life had been entirely shattered by corruption. He had lost everything he had: his family, his friends, his freedom. He had become a slave.
This man was lured to another country, far from home, with the promise of a good-paying job as an office clerk. To make the trip and to pay the intermediary, he took a loan. Upon his arrival, instead of being handed an office badge, he was forced to hand over his passport, and was dragged into the world of modern-day slavery.
The job he had been promised never existed. He was suddenly in debt, far away from home and unable to leave. He had no option but to start working as a construction worker to repay the loan he had taken. (more…)
Last year we set the stretch target of 80,000 volunteering hours, up from 35,661. The final numbers are in and I am thrilled to say that in 2013, we recorded a whopping 91,326 hours in support of charitable causes! We improved our policies so that colleagues can take two paid days to support the causes they feel passionate about, we made more opportunities available and had structured programmes for both individuals and groups.
Just as companies are impacted by the difficult economic climate, so too are charities and their beneficiaries. In tough times it can be tempting for companies to cut these kinds of programmes and for individuals to feel that they can’t take the time off to volunteer, that they need to be visible at their desk. I am proud to say that we hold fast to our commitment that as a good corporate citizen we should support those who want to help organisations in the local communities where they live and work.
The heat map above shows the offices and participation rates across our locations.
It’s not just about doing good for the sake of it – we know it makes great commercial sense too. New talent and graduates tell us that they want to work for a company that cares about CSR. Our staff survey shows that those who work here value the opportunity and which adds up to increased engagement among our colleagues, contributing to a better bottom line. That’s a Win/Win/Win – what could be better?
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Although small in size compared to other Thomson Reuters offices, staff members in our Barcelona office contributed to the global campaigns within the company for social consciousness, through fundraising and volunteering. This is a review of the main activities developed throughout last year:
15 Jan 2014Thomson Reuters
Dia de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day)
A traditional celebration in Catalonia where people exchange books and roses with friends and loved ones. Roses were purchased from Africa Stop Malaria as a way to contribute money toward campaigns aiming at eradicating malaria in Africa. Everybody in the office received a rose that he or she had to then give to another person in a chain of exchanges. With this activity, 460 euros were contributed to Africa Stop Malaria. (more…)
The team in Portage, Michigan team collected 140 toys and gifts to be donated to the Bronson Children’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo. The Toy Drive is the third charitable campaign that the Portage team conducted this year, which included the Open Roads Bike Program (in which they donated gently used bicycles) and the Loaves & Fishes program (which allowed them to donate two filled barrels of food for the needy).
“The Thomson Reuters Portage office is compassionate and committed to investing in our community,” said Pam West, senior executive assistant and one of the toy drive’s chief organizers. “We all know people who need help. For instance Stan Town (QA analyst), one of the toy drive organizers, had a grandson who was in Bronson Children’s Hospital for over a week this summer. He saw firsthand the need for toys and what smiles they can bring.” (more…)