By Joy Allas-Vinluan, Thomson Reuters
When we saw the reports of Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines, my fellow Filipino colleagues in New York and I wanted to help – especially the families of our colleagues who were deeply affected by the disaster. I thought of organizing a bake sale because I knew that it had been successfully done before and people have been supportive of such events.
I emailed a few friends, and immediately received an overwhelming response of support. The Thomson Reuters Asian Affinity Network got the ball rolling by reaching out to key contacts at other ERGs. The Latino Employee Network and Pride at Work offered full support and the Women@ThomsonReuters New York Chapter encouraged volunteers to participate. Friends rallied their friends for support any way they could.
In our 195 Broadway office, organizers who were planning to do the same, enlisted floor by floor coordinators to spread the word. We made numerous phone calls and emails to secure approvals and logistical needs. By the end of the week, we had over 80 volunteers who were eager to help, committing their time (or their partner’s time ) to bake goods and/or help out with anything that was needed. (more…)
Thomson Reuters India’s Corporate Responsibility space was very active this year with an increased focus on the importance of Corporate Citizenship. The term “citizenship” carries with it a sense of rights and responsibilities. Similarly, the term “Corporate Citizenship” is used to express the sense of community we feel within Thomson Reuters and the responsibility we have towards the larger communities we are a part of. In an effort to impact our local communities, Thomson Reuters India has shown its generosity in a multitude of ways. Specifically, there were many programs that enabled employees to give charitably. To each and every person who has contributed generously, thank you!
Below are some of the successful initiatives that were driven across our India offices: (more…)
Over 100 high-level representatives from the global TrustLaw community gathered in New York on November 5 to celebrate the success of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s fast-growing network of lawyers, social enterprises and high-impact NGOs.
The occasion, the third annual TrustLaw Connect Awards, brought together professionals from Turkey, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, the Philippines and many other countries, who flew to New York to attend the ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and TrustLaw Founder Monique Villa. The TrustLaw Awards honor teams of lawyers working with NGOs or social enterprises through TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s global pro bono service.
“We chose New York to recognize the fantastic impact of the law firms based in the U.S. which have been so active to help our social enterprises and NGOs through TrustLaw. The top law firms in the U.S. are members of TrustLaw Connect, and since its creation three years ago, the network has generated $35 million worth of free legal assistance to our beneficiaries,” said Monique. (more…)
There’s not much that comes between us and our pets. They become part of our family by showing up in family photos and providing countless hours of joy and entertainment. But man’s best friend is more than just a slobbery and excited face lick when you get home from work.
With dogs, cats, bunnies, and countless other animals being endlessly self-appointed as the “cutest pet” by their owners, employees in the Carrollton office decided to put their money where their mouths were and crown Carrollton’s Cutest Pet during a week-long charity event titled: “Pet Wars.” (more…)
Movember marches on and as we near the end, I wanted to share my personal progress and also that of our Thomson Reuters campaign.
As we grow our sometimes comedic “Mo’s” and smile in solidarity at our fellow participants, it is important to remember that at the heart of this initiative is a very important cause and some rather thought-provoking statistics.
In the United Kingdom: (more…)
In Haiti, “eat dirt” means something all too real. Dirt cookies made from mud and a little oil are sold on Haitian streets. The only tummy-filler some parents can afford and they quiet a child’s hunger pains long enough to sleep.
In our world today, an estimated 925 million people are chronically hungry, though there is enough food in the world for everyone to have adequate nutrition. Last month, the Thomson Reuters Eagan campus did their part in helping to make a difference. By partnering with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), 442 Thomson Reuters employees helped produce 108,864 meals for children in Haiti – this equals one meal a day for 298 children for a year. FMSC is a nonprofit hunger relief organization working with volunteers to produce MannaPackTM Rice, a scientifically formulated food formula that is culturally acceptable worldwide. Organizations in nearly 70 countries around the world distribute these meals to children in greatest need.
This 4th annual event was organized as part of the Thomson Reuters Volunteer Action Network’s (VAN) support of World Food Day (recognized each year on Oct. 16TH). World Food Day is a global movement to end hunger. During this time of the year, all VAN locations join together to be part of the solution and they take action in their communities and around the world. Together, we can end hunger.
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual poll of gender experts gives a snapshot of the state women’s rights in Arab states three years after the Arab Spring and as Syria’s conflict threatens further regional upheaval. Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman. Check out more coverage of our expert poll on women’s rights in the Arab world.
The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation applauds members that demonstrate exceptional leadership in environmentally sustainable business practices. Recipients of the Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award serve as environmental role models for their community and peers. We were fortunate enough to be named a 2013 Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award winner.
Thomson Reuters has been engaged in waste reduction since an initiative to recycle metal shavings and paper trimmings began in 1906. Reducing its impact on the environment through sustainable business practices and innovative use of technology is a key priority. We strive toward a low-carbon future that combines environmental responsibility with efficient business performance, and supports these goals through a variety of corporate initiatives and individual actions. (more…)
Earlier this month, nine Thomson Reuters employees took part in the 2nd annual Run for Waterside 5K in Stamford, CT.
There was an outpouring of community support, with over 774 participants and the school successfully raised $150,000 towards its Scholarship Fund.
A big thanks to all our employees in Team Kinesis for taking the time to volunteer, run, and walk in efforts to benefit a great school! We’re very excited to continue our commitment to the Waterside School this academic year.
Earlier in the year we announced that we were launching a cookbook collaboration between the parents of Waterside and our internal employees. We received amazing recipes, and are currently in the editing phase before heading into production. Our goal is to have the books ready for sale during the holiday season.
Read more about some of our past events with the Waterside School.
Adopt-a-Crag event with Access Fund - Bellevue, Washington
An old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Well, the members of the Volunteer Action Network (VAN) really took some amazing steps in the pas few months. Our colleagues around the globe focused on partnering with inspiring non-profits that provide essential support to our environment. The volunteers worked on over 40 projects globally and below are some of the highlights:
- Our colleagues in China, hosted a successful event called “Come to Help Ya’an People Affected by the Earthquake” to help support the individuals residing in Ya’an that saw their homes ruined and lives devastated by the earthquake that occurred in April. They partnered with the One Foundation, an organization that provides disaster recovery relief and raised almost $10,000 dollars.
- In Chicago, the team partnered with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and organized a spring garden clean up day around the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Over 20 volunteers spent the day at the Forest Preserve Garden cleaning up by raking leaves, picking up trash, pruning trees and shrubs. This Forest receives over 40 million visits each year and is enjoyed by individuals of all ages. It has a vast and unique plant and animal diversity that is considered to be on par with the rain forests of the world. (more…)