The Greater Good

KidSmart St. Louis school supply drive & volunteer event

By Trish Hatten, Thomson Reuters

Throughout the month of August our St. Louis campus participated in the KidSmart Push for Pencils school supply drive. We collected over 650 items and $150 in cash donations to help give local kids in need a chance for a successful school year.

In September, 10 employees spent an afternoon at the local KidSmart Free Educational Supply Store sorting, counting, bundling, and organizing supplies that had been donated from around the entire community.

KidSmtTeamKidSmart distributes donated supplies through teachers who shop at KidSmart’s Free Store once a month. After shopping, teachers distribute the materials directly into the hands of our kids in need. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed more than $27 million in school supplies to more than 102,100 economically disadvantaged children in the St Louis area.

Thank you to the volunteers who worked hard at this event and to Cheryl Lokke for organizing our supply drive as well as this volunteer event.

Nick Grono on the consequences of human trafficking

With the next Trust Women Conference just around the corner, we bring you a special selection of videos from key speakers and participants sharing insights into the work they are doing to put the rule of law behind women’s rights. Nick Grono, the CEO of the Freedom Fund, discusses the consequences of human trafficking.

Join us, take action. Reserve your tickets today.

My visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital with Radio Lollipop

By Loris Barisa, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters

We all know that familiar feeling we get every now and then. The one associated with questions like, “can I really do this? Will I feel uncomfortable?” Those were the questions I faced recently as I made my way to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), to meet up with Zeena Rashid from our London Partners team.

It all started at the sales conference in Paris earlier this year, when Mitko Iankov suggested that I ask Zeena what she does on Wednesday nights. Zeena made a great and passionate “pitch”. She energetically explained that she was supporting a charity called Radio Lollipop. That she visited a hospital for a few hours every Wednesday, volunteering her time to try to cheer up sick children. Since I thought this was a noble cause, I agreed to join her one evening and that evening finally arrived.

As I started to learn more about the hospital, that the volunteers spent most of their time with terminally ill children aged 1-16, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. Having two children of my own, I wondered how I would react and cope in this new situation and what I would see. (more…)

“You don’t belong here” – Steven’s story of statelessness

“I don’t want to go to space. I just want to find my daughter.” Ten years ago Steven came to Britain seeking asylum. He was refused and told to return to his country. But he can’t because that country doesn’t recognise him. With no nationality, he has no rights to the basics most people take for granted such as healthcare, education and employment. He cannot travel, open a bank account, get a driving licence or even get married.

There are an estimated 10 million stateless people like Steven in the world. Read more in our Foundation’s spotlight on the world’s most invisible people.

News with impact

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. They cover the world’s underreported stories, the issues that mainstream media often forget. Their editorial team includes 26 correspondents across five continents and a powerful network of more than 100 contributors, enabling them to cover stories at the heart of aid, development, human rights, climate change, corruption, and social innovation. Every day, brings you features, analysis, info-graphics, blogs and exclusive videos. Their content is syndicated for free to prestigious news outlets and is accessible to all Reuters clients around the world. See how our Foundation informs, connects and empowers.

A correspondent’s guide to reporting on Ebola

Misha Hussain, the Dakar-based correspondent of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been covering Ebola in West Africa, and in early April was the first foreign reporter to reach the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Gueckedou, Guinea. He offers advice to journalists heading to cover the Ebola story.

Read more about how we are committed to supporting the scientific community through our comprehensive, current content and assets that bring treatment options for this global health threat to the forefront.

Our values in action

One of the key reasons I joined Thomson Reuters after years in investment banking was the company’s focus on its people and the strong support of senior leadership to create an environment where employees can thrive and customers can benefit from the collective knowledge of our employees. This has proven to be true over the past two-and-a-half years I have been here.

As I have seen, Thomson Reuters is committed to delivering on our purpose and values. This is represented through a variety of media, methods and materials. However, what’s really important is how we operate as individuals and as a collective organization every day.

Through corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion efforts, we aim to empower sustainable growth for our people, our markets and our world. We do this by: (more…)

Transgender: Gender Identity Explained Event Highlights

The need to understand more about gender identity and the challenges that trans people face brought nearly 200 people to our office in Canary Wharf on Monday June 30th, for our presentation and panel event, “Transgender: Gender Identity Explained.” This video contains highlights from the event that our Pride at Work UKI group hosted with the charity GIRES at our London, Canary Wharf office. The opening remarks were made by Jan-Coos Geesink the head of our Legal Solutions UK and Ireland team and co-sponsor of our Pride at Work network in the UK. It also features Emma Cusdin and Nicholas Creswell on the Panel. We also have short interviews at the end from a number of internal and external guests.

Read more about the event.

Movement of men and boys needed to advance women’s rights

U.N. Women will announce a new celebrity ambassador this week to help push its HeforShe campaign, a global initiative to engage men and boys to speak out for women’s rights. The campaign, which includes an online platform where people can upload video messages in support of gender equality, was unveiled in March but it will have its big debut on September 20, in New York City.

“We need good men to stand up to talk and to take action,” U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a recent interview. “We are encouraging a movement of men and boys. It’s a change of attitude of women, a change of attitude of men and it’s a collaboration…between men and women. We have got to win together.”

Thomson Reuters Pride at Work Network hosts Transgender: Gender Identity Explained


Do you identify as a man or as a woman?

Most people don’t even ask themselves that question. They just know who they are. But for some of us, this is a really important and difficult issue, because the person we know ourselves to be does not necessarily match the assumptions made about us at birth.

The need to understand more about gender identity and the challenges that trans people face brought nearly 200 people to our office in Canary Wharf on Monday June 30th, for our presentation and panel event, “Transgender: Gender Identity Explained.” This was our second event, after our online presentation in 2012, focusing on the transgender aspect of LGBT. However, it was our first in person event with our customers and interested organizations. (more…)