The Greater Good

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

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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

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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.

Why I support LGBT rights at Thomson Reuters

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By  Jan-Coos Geesink, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters

What’s it like for a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person in your workplace?

I’m asking because I’ve found that my position as UK Executive Sponsor for our Pride at Work group has made me more aware of the unconscious biases that are still with us in the workplace. At the same time, I am also proud to witness the fantastic jump on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index we made this year. As the Stonewall team told us at our last meeting, “there’s lots done, lots more to do.”

I have learned that too few people feel comfortable about coming out to their colleagues or managers. Naturally, not everyone has to come out at work. I’ve lived and worked all around the world and in some countries and cultures, personal life doesn’t feature at work and especially not with your “superiors.” But one global aspiration that Pride At Work has is for people to be able to celebrate who they are at work, regardless of their sexuality or gender-alignment, and for them to be accepted. (more…)

India’s female firefighters extinguish gender stereotypes

Married before her eighteenth birthday, Nirma Chaudhary could well have ended up like thousands of other child brides in India’s desert state of Rajasthan – forced to quit school and consigned to a life without opportunities as a wife and mother. But the village girl’s conviction to study after marriage, support from her family, and a government initiative aimed at empowering women, has transformed her fate from being that of a just another invisible child bride to becoming one of Rajasthan’s first female firefighters.

Emma Cusdin wins national recognition

Emma Cusdin, Senior Human Resources Business Partner in our Intellectual Property & Science business, is an openly trans woman who was recently listed as one of the top 50 most influential Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) executives in British business.

The Out At Work & Telegraph top 50 celebrates those making a difference in the workplace. Here are five things to know about Emma:

Emma transitioned gender in 2009

Emma Cusdin“I can remember being in the depths of despair. It was September 21 and I made up my mind to stop living my life the way other people wanted me to. The idea that I could change my gender kept rising in my head like a pan of milk boiling on gas. I’d turn the heat down only for the idea to bubble up all over again.

“Eventually I sat down with my wife, my parents and my friends to tell them I wanted to embark on a journey that I funded myself and would include counseling, hormone treatment, a year of ‘real life experience’ living as a woman, moving house, getting divorced, having surgery, and then going back to work as Emma.”

You can talk to Emma about being transgender in any terms you like

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Raising over £1.1m for Save the Children at the IFR Awards Dinner

Earlier this month at the 20th annual Thomson Reuters International Financing Review (IFR) awards gala dinner, £1,164,240 was pledged to Save the Children, the global charitable organization that works to save and improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. During the evening’s proceedings, senior representatives of the world’s leading investment banks pledged money to Save the Children via an interactive charity bidding board. Morgan Stanley topped the list of contributors with a phenomenal bid of £630,000, the largest ever Bookrunner bid to Save the Children in 20 years of IFR Awards history.

The dinner, organized by IFR, was attended by over 1,000 senior investment bankers.. The event is recognied as the key awards ceremony for global financiers and is Save the Children’s largest single annual fundraiser.

IFR award winners for 2014 include: (more…)

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…)