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Thomson Reuters is a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT employer

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Sometimes a workplace achievement is worth real celebration. Right now is one of those moments.

Published in the Times newspaper of London, the Stonewall Top 100 employers is the definitive list showcasing the best UK employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff. This year, we made the list and were ranked at 62. Our Pride at Work UK & Ireland chapter is listed as a highly commended network group. (more…)

Let’s confine slavery to the history books

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Let’s start with the good news. Since my last trip to the Davos mountains, in the past year there has been substantial increase in awareness around one of the world’s most horrible crimes: slavery. More investigative reports have been published, more money has been committed to the fight against human trafficking, world leaders such as Pope Francis have publicly taken a strong stand, and heroes such as Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize. The issue is certainly in the public domain.

The bad news is that slavery is still very much a silent crime, and a flourishing business worth US$150 billion a year, more than the GDP of most African countries, and three times Apple’s earnings.

The scale of the problem is huge. According to Walk Free, there are 35 million people enslaved around the world, the highest number in history, and roughly equivalent to the population of Australia and Greece combined.

Slavery takes different forms, from forced prostitution and labour to debt bondage. The common denominator is poverty. Victims are needy and vulnerable; they don’t know their rights. In some countries, people are still born into slavery.

Clearly something needs to be done. But where to start? (more…)

An untapped talent pool

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Did you know that one in seven people around the world are disabled? That is a lot of people with abilities that we can factor in our workplace.  In India, only a meager 100,000 people with disabilities are employed.

In an economy where organizations are facing acute talent shortage, putting the spotlight on the untapped talent of people with disabilities has become a business imperative.

There’s an inherent need to provide opportunities for those with disabilities by improving the accessibility of organizations and removing barriers to inclusion – from both an employee and customer perspective.

Last month, our Bangalore office played host to Community Business – a not for profit organization with a focus on advancing diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility footprints in Asia.

About the event (more…)

What could be your smartest career move in 2015?

Patsy Doerr (Global Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion) and Dave Curran (Global Director of Risk & Compliance), stopped by Philadelphia to record an interview for Sue Rocco’s (shown with Patsy, below) Women to Watch radio show before the holidays, and their interview is airing on WWDB AM 860 today at 2:00pm ET.

Catch the show on air, tune in here or listen from your computer or radio if you’re in the U.S.

Or find the interview as an audio file online to listen to it at any time from any country.

patsyPatsy and Dave talk about the difference between having a mentor - someone seasoned who can give you guidance and develop your ideas – and a sponsor who can champion your career. They ask whether seeking a sponsor as well as a mentor could be a smart career move.

The show is frank about the things holding back people’s careers, including impostor syndrome – when you think you’re going to be ‘found out’ in a leadership position – and cultural issues such as research showing that some women avoid self aggrandizement and are less likely to seek self promotion, which can put them at a disadvantage in furthering their careers.

Dave speaks about having three daughters and a strong mother from Ireland, and Patsy talks about her family influences and quirks of education (going from an all female to an almost all male educational establishment) that have helped her succeed in business.

Women to Watch TM is a one-on-one interview that spotlights women CEO’s, Founders, Leaders and Entrepreneurs from across the U.S.. The goal is to tell the “real story behind the title.” The mission is to encourage more women to pursue leadership roles worldwide.

40 reasons to trust women

Our Foundation asked delegates at the 2014 Trust Women Conference a very simple question: ‘Why do you Trust Women?’ More than 100 people queued up to speak to the camera, sharing inspiring stories, experiences and anecdotes. This video includes 40 delegates from all around the world.

Thomson Reuters featured in Stonewall Global LGBT Employee Network Group Guide

Stonewall, the UK based charitable organization that supports lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals have produced a series of global guides relating to the workplace. Thomson Reuters contributed to and is featured in their latest guide on Global Employee Network Groups. On the evening of December 9th we had the privilege of presenting at the latest Stonewall Workplace Guide launch at Barclays in Canary Wharf, London.

The presenters and panelists included Sholto West, Stonewall International Workplace office and author of the latest guide, Amy Stanning, Senior Programme Manager and Barclays and co-chair of their Spectrum LGBT Network and Kathryn Townsend, Strategic Transformation Leader, Accessibility at Barclays and co-chair of their Spectrum LGBT network.

The event was introduced by Mark McLane, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays and then Sholto lead us into a very interesting overview of the guide.

Outlined below are some of the key themes from the guide: (more…)

Monique Villa named among Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics

Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa has been named among the top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the world of business ethics and compliance. Monique moved up in the ranking this year to #37 and was honored for her commitment to fight modern-day slavery and empower women worldwide.

100MIP_logo_RGB-222x87As the Founder of Trust Women, Monique is the driving force behind several global efforts to advance ethical business practices. Trust Women has now become a global movement to boost women’s rights and to fight slavery worldwide. This year’s annual conference brought together over 550 delegates from 55 countries worldwide.

As a direct result of the Trust Women conference, in 2012, alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Monique launched a U.S. financial working group to encourage some of the biggest financial institutions in the USA to contribute to the fight against human trafficking. Specialized NGOs have designed red flags to identify the financial footprint left by human traffickers and slavers. Today, these major banks have agreed to share suspicious data from their clients’ credit cards with law enforcement agencies.

This powerful collaboration has already led to an increase in the number of suspicious activities being reported to the New York District Attorney and could help thousands of individuals. The Thomson Reuters Foundation will now replicate this initiative in Europe with Europol.

Other actions taken at the Trust Women Conference include: (more…)

What is a social entrepreneur?

In this short video we hear from three pioneers in the world of social entrepreneurs: Nigel Kershaw, Executive Chairman of the Big Issue Group; Claire Dove, Chair of Social Enterprise UK and CEO of the Blackburne House Group; and Andrea Coleman, co-Founder and CEO of Riders for Health. They tell us what being a social entrepreneur means to them, why social entrepreneurship is important, and what they see as the greatest challenges for the rapidly growing field.

Celebrating Veteran’s Day with Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta

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This year we had the honor and privilege of celebrating Veteran’s Day with a very special guest, Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta. Sponsored by our Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion group, along with the Veteran’s Network, Sal joined us for several events at our Eagan, Minnesota office, the highlight being a keynote address.

For those who don’t know, the Medal of Honor is the U.S. military’s highest honor. It is awarded for valor in action against an enemy force and is presented by the President on behalf of Congress. Since 1863, the Medal has only been presented 3493 times and there are only 79 recipients alive today. In fact, Sal is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

Sal spent the hour relaying his personal experience in the U.S. Army and the extraordinary events that culminated in him speaking to us. His message of teamwork, respect and sacrifice on the part of our military was truly inspiring. (more…)

From Damascus to Kessel Eik: Hanadi’s story

Hanadi and her family had an ordinary life in Damascus, with ordinary jobs and a small house, until life became too unsafe. They sold all they had and fled. Using the proceeds from the family house and car, Hanadi made her way to The Netherlands, which has a generous family reunification policy. This film is a day in the life of Hanadi in her new life in the small Dutch town of Kessel Eik.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. They expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the fight against human trafficking. They use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. They tackle global issues and achieve lasting impact.