The Greater Good

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

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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…)

Volunteers in action: Carrollton returns to Resource Center Dallas

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Over 30 volunteers recently teamed up with the Carrollton Human Resources team to visit Resource Center Dallas (RCD) over the course of three days, almost tripling the number of volunteers from a visit just one year earlier.

Resource Center Dallas is the primary lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and HIV/AIDS service organization in North Texas. While last year’s inaugural trip included 12 members of the Human Resources team, this year’s trip sent 34 volunteers to the community center that is home to a variety of community organizations and serves over 50,000 North Texans each year through its programs and services. (more…)

Waterside School empowers the leaders of tomorrow

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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

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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

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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

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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…)