The Greater Good

Know how: An aging population and increasing dementia

Dementia

2014 was a year in which knowing more — who, what, why, and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes. Explore our 2014 Annual Report.

As headlines focused on the Ebola crisis in 2014, another staggering global health challenge accelerated. The aging of the world’s population portends many challenges ahead. The greatest of them, dementia, knows no borders and currently has no cure. Alzheimer’s, the most common form, already affects 44 million people worldwide, and that number will reach 135 million by 2050, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. A disease with terrible human and social costs, it has the potential to bankrupt world health systems and also carries great economic risk: a projected one percent drag on global economic growth in lost productivity, as well as the costs of caring for those affected. Knowing how to manage that future and drive development of strategies to deal with the disease (and invest in the most promising ones) will be one of the greatest challenges — and opportunities — ahead. (more…)

Q&A with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

We sat down with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, to take a look back at some of the major stories covered and impact the coverage achieved.

Your team covers stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. What is the ultimate goal?

We cover stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s rights, human trafficking, climate change, and corruption. These are some of the world’s most pressing issues, but often those affected by them have no voice. We want to ensure that these people are not forgotten, and raise awareness about these often underreported issues. We don’t campaign, and we are not involved in advocacy; all of our stories are fair, accurate and impartial, leaving readers to form their own opinion.

2014 was a year full of major news events. What was the most unexpected story your team had to cover?

As we cover humanitarian disasters that are often overlooked by other media, when a big crisis strikes we are often already there. Take Ebola, for example. Our West Africa correspondent was the first international journalist to reach the remote village of Gueckedou, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak began. It was only two months later that the international community started to pay attention to the virus. Recently we returned to Guinea to visit the village where it all started and interviewed the father of the first victim of Ebola, the two-year-old boy the world knows as Patient Zero. (more…)

Our people – Part two

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Being responsible and ethical is part of the Thomson Reuters heritage — a fundamental pillar of our business. We seek to attract and retain the most talented individuals and create an environment where all our people can develop to their full potential to better serve our customers and communities. Valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion is key to this objective. Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report to see how we’re ensuring sustainable growth through diversity of talents, outlooks and ideas.

Developing talent – The Leadership Program for women

Each year, we choose 32 senior female employees to take part in our highly sought-after six-month Leadership Program for Women. It’s designed to enhance their senior management skills, allow them to share business experiences, success and networking strategies, and increase their sphere of influence. Those who’ve already completed the program are experiencing many benefits: (more…)

Covering the world’s under-reported stories

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. We cover the stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media: aid and development, women’s rights, the human impact of climate change, corruption and modern-day slavery. We believe that raising awareness can trigger debate and lead to open, fair, prosperous, tolerant societies. That is our ultimate goal.

Thirty correspondents across five continents and a growing network of more than 100 contributors enable us to cover unique and original stories globally. The Reuters distribution network disseminates our content to one billion readers each day.

Taxpayers – Funded Abuse

We investigated the living conditions of workers at a Canadian-owned palm oil plantation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our story, by Chris Arsenault, revealed that the workers were paid $1 a day for intense field labor and were hosted in dilapidated homes. (more…)

Q&A with Alisha Miranda, TrustLaw Director

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

TrustLaw is a story of continuous growth. Tell us about your expansion in 2014.

2014 was a tremendous year for us: we more than doubled the number of connections made in 2013, recruited new firms, and facilitated the first connections in places as diverse as Myanmar, Taiwan, South Korea, and New Zealand. We also grew in places where we were already present, expanding our reach and building deeper relationships, from India to Africa to Europe.

The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono has quickly become the benchmark for monitoring trends across the pro bono industry. What were the overall findings?

This was really the first poll of its kind, and quite an ambitious project. The goal was to provide a global assessment of trends and benchmarks across the pro bono legal industry on a country-by-country basis. We were thrilled with the response: 103 law firms provided data on their work across 69 different countries. The data highlighted a lot of interesting facts and trends. We were happy to see that the average value of pro bono per lawyer was actually $11,000, and that they had done over 1.5 million hours of pro bono in 2013. (more…)

Our people – Part one

our people

Being responsible and ethical is part of the Thomson Reuters heritage — a fundamental pillar of our business. We seek to attract and retain the most talented individuals and create an environment where all our people can develop to their full potential to better serve our customers and communities. Valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion is key to this objective. Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report to see how we’re ensuring sustainable growth through diversity of talents, outlooks and ideas.

Our culture – It’s all in the mind-set

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Thomson Reuters Foundation spotlight: TrustLaw

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program. It connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social change. They produce groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide. In four years, they generated $54 million in free legal assistance to their beneficiaries across 170 countries.

With staff in seven countries and fluency in 14 languages, the TrustLaw network continues to expand, especially across countries which traditionally haven’t embraced the practice of pro bono legal assistance. The innovative TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono is the leading report monitoring trends and data in the industry on a country-by-country basis.

How it works

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Patsy Doerr and Tim Nixon discuss CR&I

Patsy Doerr, global head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters, and Tim Nixon, director of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters, talk about the unified Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion function and its importance to our business.

Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report

Materiality – Graphic of the day

In 2014 we reviewed our Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion material issues — the risks, opportunities and impacts that are important to our business and our stakeholders. Our aim was to meaningfully understand the relative priority of the issues and see if any new ones needed to be added to reflect changing business priorities, market conditions or global trends. As a result of the review, one new material issue was added to our materiality matrix, two issues were removed, three shifted position and one issue was re-named. You can view our approach to our Materiality Matrix in the full CR&I report.

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Q&A with Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

We sat down with Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, to reflect back on 2014, and see what’s in store for 2015: (more…)