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The need to know: Explore our 2014 Annual Report

Annual Report

Our customers participate in the most important conversations in a fast and complex world every day. As professionals, they navigate markets, risks and regulations; shape and manage legal systems and tax jurisdictions; protect innovations; and drive scientific discovery. Their work is important and their decisions matter. And common to them all is the need to know.

Professionals today need more. More than information, data and news. More than speed. More than mobile access. They need insight, analysis and context. Solutions that simplify, clarify and deliver competitive advantage, providing confidence to act on what they know. And millions of professionals from every part of the global economy rely on Thomson Reuters for what they need to know to understand critical issues, solve tough problems and adapt to dynamic change.

During 2014, the risks of global fraud and rising terrorism; the multi-stage recovery of world markets and the opening up of China; the significant shift in oil prices and increasingly urgent focus on climate change and energy alternatives; and the economic and social impacts of an aging world population and Alzheimer’s disease were just a few of the challenges and opportunities facing our world. It 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 – Know which includes the Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion and Thomson Reuters Foundation annual reports.

Modern slavery UK: The campaigner

Britain’s Home Office (interior ministry) estimates there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013. Victims were most often from Albania, Nigeria, Vietnam and Romania. In this video, Chloe Setter of ECPAT UK, a charity working with child victims of trafficking, describes the plight of Vietnamese children who are trafficked to Britain for cannabis cultivation.

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Modern slavery UK: The law enforcer

In this short video Detective Inspector Jim Faulkner of the Greater Manchester Police talks about Operation Retriever, dedicated to uncovering and tracking down on human trafficking and modern slavery in Rochdale. The program could provide a template for similar operations around the UK. The Home Office (interior ministry) estimates that there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013.

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Why boys don’t do housework in Mumbai

This 2 minute film is a preview of a short documentary the Thomson Reuters Foundation is making about the Gender Equality Movement in Schools (GEMS). Filmed by their reporter Nita Bhalla in Mumbai, it was shown at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) Champions for Change Awards Dinner on March 13th in London, where Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa was honored.

Life with water

In Pikine, a suburb of Senegal’s capital Dakar, the “Live with Water” project captures floodwater in large sandy basins, around which cash crop gardens of mint and basil provide an income for local residents.

Using the basins, floods that once wiped out houses, strained the local economy and heightened the risk of disease have been converted into a new stock of fresh water for a West African community that is dusty and dry much of the year.

Read more about how Dakar women grow herb businesses from floodwater.

Could you explain your role to a 14 year-old?


Could you explain what you do to a 14-year-old?

That was the challenge for our 25 volunteers at the Technology Careers day we recently held at our Canary Wharf office.

The event, organized by Tamara Waltho and Rebecca Gray, aimed to show children from Broadwater School in Surrey the kind of application technology subjects can have in the real world. A host of colleagues from across our business units helped to make the day happen, encouraging children to opt into subjects such as Science, Technology Engineering and Math.

Students had the opportunity to dig for news stories, conduct product reviews on apps, and grill volunteers on exactly what they do all day. We caught up with three of the volunteers to see how they fared:


Modern slavery UK: The lawyer

Philippa Southwell, a criminal defence lawyer at London-based firm Birds Solicitors, specialises in representing victims of trafficking. Most of her clients are Vietnamese boys and young men who have been trafficked to the UK to work in cannabis farms. In this video she describes the scale of the problem and why so many of her clients go missing. In 2013, the government announced a draft bill to tackle rising cases of trafficking and slavery. The Modern Slavery Bill, which is being considered by the House of Lords (upper chamber of parliament), is expected to be passed before elections in May.

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Thomson Reuters India wins major award

India award

From motorized wheelchairs to lower counters in the canteen, creating an inclusive workplace makes a difference.

We are happy to announce that Thomson Reuters India was, on February 18, recognized for promoting employment for people with disabilities at the 4th annual Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Awards. (more…)

Gratitude is contagious: One thousand thank yous


By Jenna Roman, Internal Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters

Late last year we took a moment – and a few thousand balloons – to appreciate and thank colleagues who make our day and make Thomson Reuters a rewarding place to work.

This is how our One Thousand Thank Yous campaign got off the ground: (more…)

From Aleppo to Melilla: Raed’s story

Raed had been a mathematics student in Aleppo, until the conflict made studying at the university impossible. He fled to Turkey, with hopes of continuing on to Europe and completing his education.

Our Foundation met Raed in the Spanish enclave Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, where he is waiting in an overcrowded transit camp.

After two years of living in Turkey he can now see Europe, just across the Mediterranean sea. He is waiting for his paperwork, then he will be put on a ferry and sent to Spain to start his new life.