The Greater Good

Waterside School empowers the leaders of tomorrow

Waterside School

By Kristin Mitchell, Events Manager, Thomson Reuters

Energized is the only way to describe how I felt at the Waterside Graduation Dinner. Thomson Reuters has been supporting the Waterside School for almost two years now, and this was my first experience interacting with the children. This event not only made me want to get more involved, but it also made me regret that I haven’t been more engaged sooner. (more…)

Co-creating a diversity manifesto at AudaCITY Talent Rising

AudaCITY

By Anyani Boos, Sales Representative, Thomson Reuters

I was lucky enough to join colleagues from across Thomson Reuters at the AudaCITY Talent Rising Conference last week in London. The conferences, hosted by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, brought together delegates from a variety of companies to debate and discuss current issues related to diversity & inclusion.

Arriving in the crypt of the Guildhall was exhilarating and I got the opportunity to meet and greet people from a broad range of companies including EY, Aon, BNY Mellon and many more. However, it wasn’t only the venue that left an impression on me. (more…)

Corporate responsibility – Citizenship

corporate responsibility

Being a responsible and ethical business is written in Thomson Reuters heritage and remains highly relevant for us today. With the evolution of our business in 2013, and with an on-going focus on innovation and collaboration, our CR policies and flagship programs in the areas of marketplace, workplace and citizenship are helping us to identify and capture business opportunities, as well as reduce risks. The following piece is from the Citizenship section of our 2013 Corporate Responsibility report

Supporting the communities in which we live and work is fundamental to our business. Operating in more than 100 countries, our success depends on the efforts of the diverse talent we attract and retain, and the quality of the relationships we have with the communities we serve. Both our corporate values and long-established Trust Principles underline this commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.

Participation in all our programs increased and we recorded 91,326 volunteering hours, exceeding our ambitious 80,000-hour target. Commitment from senior leaders and our grassroots employee networks has seen our activities go from strength to strength.

Raising the bar on volunteering (more…)

A genius on the shared economy

He is a 33-year-old genius, drives a fast-growing global business worth billions of dollars, I met him in Aspen and I think his ideas are worth sharing. He is Brian Chesky, the founder of Airbnb.

What impressed me the most about Brian is the sheer talent and his vision on the concept of the shared economy. He is leading real change, a change he thinks is as seismic as the first internet revolution in the mid-90s, when it became mainstream.

Today, millions of people have the potential to share things with one another, be it a spare bedroom or – as Brian predicts – the opportunity to cook and serve food to total strangers in their living room. It’s an economic concept based on trust, and a promising one, judging from the rapid success of Airbnb, a company now reportedly valued at around $10 billion.

Think about it: more than 650,000 people travelled to Brazil this summer for the World Cup. Do you know that 5% of them are staying at accommodations rented via Airbnb? Not bad for a guy who launched the company six years ago, after he rented an inflatable bed in his shared flat in San Francisco, where demand for hotel rooms was soaring because of a big event in the city.

As Brian pointed out in Aspen, Airbnb did not invent a new concept: bed & breakfasts have been around for centuries. He just gave it scale, matching demand and offer in an incredibly powerful manner on a big platform.

On a smaller scale, the Foundation’s TrustLaw service, which has successfully amplified the potential of pro bono in the last four years by connecting lawyers offering free legal help with NGOs and social enterprises in deep need of that support, is not far from that model – except that we don’t make any profit from the connections.

Brian Chesky doesn’t want to recognise that his model is a big disruption for the industry: “when is the last time you were happy for being disrupted?” He calls it innovation. (more…)

We don’t let it rain on our parade – #FreedomTo

freedom to

By Tim Smith, Content Manager, Thomson Reuters

What event brings together 30,000 marchers to Europe’s busiest shopping district? What makes over 210 different charities, companies, community groups and political parties gather together? What brings over 300,000 people into Trafalgar Square and goodness knows how many spectators to line Oxford, Regent and Baker Street in London…?

It could only be the 2014 parade for Pride in London, which took place on Saturday, June 28th. It was the biggest yet, so it made sense that Thomson Reuters had its biggest ever contingent – over 50 employees and their friends! (more…)

Thomson Reuters and Apps for Good: Partnering to develop the next generation of technologists

Bob Schukai

Thomson Reuters was at London’s Barbican Centre on Monday evening for the annual Apps for Good awards ceremony. We have partnered with Apps for Good, an open-source technology movement where young people learn to create technology tools to change their world, since 2011.

The awards ceremony recognized teams of students from across the UK who have created apps which tackle everyday problems or issues they are passionate about. From over 17,000 participants in the Apps for Good program, 18 teams were shortlisted for awards in six categories. Thomson Reuters sponsors two categories: the My Planet Award, and the Information Award.

The winners were: (more…)

Sales Graduate class volunteering day

Bideawee Animal Shelter

By Jennifer Taylor, Graduate Sales Trainee, Thomson Reuters

Last month, the Sales Graduate class in New York City, along with a few other colleagues headed to Bideawee Animal Shelter for a day of volunteering. Bideawee is a no-kill dog and cat shelter. This means they won’t give up on an animal until it’s adopted. After we all arrived, we were given a tour of the shelter. The top floor is for executives & administration, the 3rd floor for Education, the 2nd floor is the Animal Hospital & then the kennels + cages are on the 1st floor & basement. Employees are able to come to work with their pets, so many of the offices had inhabitants of the feline or canine sort. We met a sweet paraplegic cat named Pear. He was brought to the shelter as a kitten and now lives there permanently due to his severe neurological impairment. The shelter houses several dogs & cats who have very special needs and have had a hard time being adopted. They will have a home at Bideawee forever. Many of our volunteers brought donations for the shelter animals, and it made me proud that we could give two full bags of treats, toys and food to help the Bideawee cause. (more…)

California high court rejects judge’s random sampling, reverses $15 million verdict

From Westlaw Journal Employment:  The California Supreme Court has approved the reversal of a $15 million verdict in a wage-and-hour class action against U.S. Bank, finding that the trial judge based his ruling on an invalid sampling of class members.

Calling the case “an exceedingly rare beast” — a wage-and-hour class action that proceeds through a trial to a verdict — the state high court also faulted the trial judge’s failure to allow U.S. Bank a chance to present counter evidence.

(Westlaw users: Click here for the 10 most recent stories from Westlaw Journals.) (more…)

Nominate your women’s rights hero for the Trust Women Awards

Trust Women Awards

Malala Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, and Alaa Murabit. Three names, three extraordinary people who stood up for women’s rights and made change happen. Now we’re asking you: who is your women’s rights hero? 

Each year, the Thomson Reuters Foundation celebrates an innovator –a man or a woman– whose bold thinking and high-impact work has helped women defend and advance their rights, with the Trust Women Hero Award. The Award is given at the Trust Women Conference, the Foundation’s flagship event that takes place this November in London. (more…)

Corporate responsibility – Workplace

Workplace

Being a responsible and ethical business is written in Thomson Reuters heritage and remains highly relevant for us today. With the evolution of our business in 2013, and with an on-going focus on innovation and collaboration, our CR policies and flagship programs in the areas of marketplace, workplace and citizenship are helping us to identify and capture business opportunities, as well as reduce risks. The following piece is from the Workplace section of our 2013 Corporate Responsibility report

Intelligent information and analysis are critical for the long-term success of our customers and the communities they serve. We believe this is best delivered through an expert and diverse talent pool with the ability to tailor global thinking to local situations and with the resources and skills to innovate.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a business imperative for us. Operating in 100 countries, our customers are from a broad range of geographical and cultural backgrounds. They expect us to respond efficiently, quickly and intuitively. For our employees to be able to meet these challenges, we strive for a culture where innovation and intellect can thrive, regardless of nationality, disability, gender, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or other differences. (more…)