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Trust Forum Asia: Fighting domestic slavery and slavery in the fishing industry

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The inaugural Trust Forum Asia, held on June 17 in Hong Kong, brought together more than 200 influential business and thought leaders to discuss real solutions to fight modern-day slavery and forced labour across Asia, a region with 60% of the world’s modern day slaves. Watch the wrap video of the event.

Aligned with the spirit and mission of the Foundation’s annual Trust Women conference, Trust Forum Asia touched upon a range of pressing issues, including protecting migrant workers and domestic “helpers” trapped in servitude, to achieving justice for exploited slaves in the multi-billion dollar fishing industry. The Forum also featured stories of survival and looked at the role of corporations in cleaning up supply chains.

It was truly remarkable day. Mrs. Anson Chan, the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong, argued that the welfare of migrant workers must be a joint responsibility between home and host country government authorities. She stressed that both countries must monitor agencies fees and empower workers to know and defend their rights. (more…)

How law firms are helping tomorrow’s businesses in emerging economies

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Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs are finding leaner, more cost-effective platforms to raise their essential finance, and a fascinating report issued this week shows law firms around the world are offering their skills voluntarily to helping social enterprises develop sustainable and successful businesses.

Economic development and microfinance projects are supported by some 40 percent of law firms which contributed to the second TrustLaw Index of ProBono. TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program, and its index charts the amount of work law firms across the world are providing on a free, voluntary basis to charities, non-profits, social enterprises and individuals.

The report analyzed data provided by 141 firms from 77 different countries, representing over 49,000 lawyers. It found that over the last 12 months, these lawyers donated 2.08 million hours of free legal support, on average investing about one week (43 hours) of their time assisting clients on a pro bono basis.

According to the report, the unprecedented rates of economic development across Asia and the Pacific have attracted international law firms to these rapidly emerging economies, bringing with them the culture of pro bono activity. (more…)

What would you say to a polar bear? Meet a Thomson Reuters thought leader

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We interviewed Timothy Nixon, Managing Editor of our Sustainability site: (more…)

Camera exposure: Q&A with Prabir Talukdar

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India-based photojournalist Prabir Talukdar was the winner of the 2015 Trust Women Photo Award, a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft. Prabir’s work was selected from nearly 500 submissions received from 90 countries. Photographers across the world were challenged to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women in their communities. #WomenMakeItHappen reached six million people on social media.

In March, 10 finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of experts, including: Finbarr O’Reilly, Yale World Fellow and former Reuters photographer; Carla Eid, Global Head of Social Engagement at Microsoft Mobile; Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Roger Anis, 2014 Trust Women Photo Award winner; and Laura Bates;Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.

“Prabir’s photos beautifully illustrate the strength and resourcefulness of women battling poverty, illness and discrimination in India, a country where women are constantly challenging deep-rooted views about traditional gender roles and the lower status of women,” added Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In addition to the award, Prabir will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a week-long professional training course on Mobile Journalism organised and run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, and a Microsoft Lumia 930 phone. Prabir’s work will also be showcased at the upcoming Trust Women Conference 17-18 November in London.

We spoke to Prabir about his career and the challenges facing women in India. Read more below. (more…)

Camera exposure: Q&A with Prabir Talukdar

Prabir - Foundation Photo Award

India-based photojournalist Prabir Talukdar was the winner of the 2015 Trust Women Photo Award, a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft. Prabir’s work was selected from nearly 500 submissions received from 90 countries. Photographers across the world were challenged to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women in their communities. #WomenMakeItHappen reached six million people on social media.

In March, 10 finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of experts, including: Finbarr O’Reilly, Yale World Fellow and former Reuters photographer; Carla Eid, Global Head of Social Engagement at Microsoft Mobile; Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Roger Anis, 2014 Trust Women Photo Award winner; and Laura Bates;Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.

“Prabir’s photos beautifully illustrate the strength and resourcefulness of women battling poverty, illness and discrimination in India, a country where women are constantly challenging deep-rooted views about traditional gender roles and the lower status of women,” added Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In addition to the award, Prabir will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a week-long professional training course on Mobile Journalism organised and run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, and a Microsoft Lumia 930 phone. Prabir’s work will also be showcased at the upcoming Trust Women Conference 17-18 November in London.

We spoke to Prabir about his career and the challenges facing women in India. Read more below. (more…)

How do you see the world?

Imagine a world where we can be who we want to be. This video captures our approach to celebrating and learning more about our people, our markets and our world. Our goal is a workplace that makes the most of diversity and helps our employees reach their full potential. Diversity and inclusion means fostering a culture where innovation and intellect can thrive, regardless of nationality, disability, gender, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age or other differences.

Learn more at thomsonreuters.com/cri.

Q&A with Timothy Large, Director of Media Development and Training

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

We sat down with Timothy Large, head of Media Development and Training, to take a look back at 2014, and forward at what’s in store for 2015.

You became the head of Media Development in 2014. What are you most excited about going forward?

I’m most excited about programs that have tangible impact on the ground. The evidence shows that training on its own is often not enough to guarantee that great journalism is widely consumed, so we’ve taken a more holistic approach that addresses every link in the media development chain from the incubation of professional skills right through to editorial support to get actual stories published and distributed. Sometimes that even means setting up independent news agencies, as we’ve done in Iraq, Egypt and Zimbabwe. (more…)

Our markets – Part two

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Being responsible and ethical is part of the Thomson Reuters heritage — a fundamental pillar of our business. We seek to attract and retain the most talented individuals and create an environment where all our people can develop to their full potential to better serve our customers and communities. Valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion is key to this objective. Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report to see how we’re ensuring sustainable growth through diversity of talents, outlooks and ideas. Read part one here.

Pulitzer Prize – Reporting on human-rights abuses leads to Pulitzer — and helps free 900 people from traffickers

In 2014, Reuters won its first-ever Pulitzer Prize for text-based reporting. The 2014 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting recognized the dedication of a team of Reuters reporters who spent two years investigating human-rights abuses in Myanmar. The Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks.” By bringing the abuses to global attention, the team helped to free more than 900 people from trafficking rings.

Cyberbullying – Fighting back against the cyberbullies

Thomson Reuters this year released a major white paper, ”Fighting Cyberbullying in Schools: What Law Enforcement, Schools and Parents Can Do.” It draws on leading law enforcement professionals, a judge and a county attorney, to help police, school resource officers and security officials better understand, investigate and confront cyberbullying — often cited as a key factor in student suicides and deadly school shootings. Among the solutions outlined in the white paper is CLEAR, an investigative suite from Thomson Reuters, which helps identify and locate people engaged in cyberbullying.

Thomson Reuters Eikon – Eikon in the classroom gives students real-time trading experience

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Thomson Reuters Foundation spotlight: Media development and training

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

For over 30 years, we have been fostering the highest standards of journalism, drawing on the expertise and global footprint of Reuters. We believe accurate and independent media lead to better informed societies. They hold power to account and contribute to economic and social development.

We have gone beyond the traditional concept of journalism training and run initiatives ranging from the creation of sustainable, independent news platforms to a wide selection of skills and mentoring program. This unique mix allows us to provide world-class solutions to pressing needs, helping excellent journalism reach the largest possible audience.

Training without borders

No subject or territory is off limits. In 2014, we trained nearly 1,000 journalists in countries as diverse as Mauritania, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Fiji, Jordan and Bolivia. In Mauritania, we tackled taboo subjects such as rape and sexual harassment. In November, we hosted the very first journalism course assessing best practices to report human trafficking and slavery. (more…)

Know how: An aging population and increasing dementia

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2014 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.

As headlines focused on the Ebola crisis in 2014, another staggering global health challenge accelerated. The aging of the world’s population portends many challenges ahead. The greatest of them, dementia, knows no borders and currently has no cure. Alzheimer’s, the most common form, already affects 44 million people worldwide, and that number will reach 135 million by 2050, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. A disease with terrible human and social costs, it has the potential to bankrupt world health systems and also carries great economic risk: a projected one percent drag on global economic growth in lost productivity, as well as the costs of caring for those affected. Knowing how to manage that future and drive development of strategies to deal with the disease (and invest in the most promising ones) will be one of the greatest challenges — and opportunities — ahead. (more…)