The Greater Good

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

Sal Giunta

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.

LGBT Bar Conference in the UK

It was with much pleasure that Thomson Reuters was able to sponsor and attend the inaugural LGBT Bar conference in the UK, the first event of its type in the UK market and bought to us from LGBT Bar in the US.

LGBT Bar is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations that promote justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community.

lgbtbarThrough our Pride at Work group we heard that LGBT Bar were coming to the UK with their first ever UK conference for the LGBT legal market and with encouragement and support from Jan-Coos Geesink, Pride at Work Executive Sponsor and Managing Director of Legal UKI, we chose to become a sponsor, which provided direct access to delegates and a stand at their Careers Fair.

The conference itself attracted 200+ delegates for a range of subjects on privacy, intellectual property, international finance and diversity within the law, and finishing with a panel presentation that included Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

The Careers Fair gave us an opportunity to expound on the benefits of working for Thomson Reuters and how diversity is very much a part of our business. There were some surprising and perhaps saddening questions from attendees, particularly on whether you can be an out LGBT person in our company and whether there is any harassment of LGBT employees. Thankfully we were able to explain our company’s approach to diversity, our no tolerance approach to harassment, and our active Pride at Work group that helps to educate both internally and externally on LGBT subjects. We were also able to highlight our key services and solutions for their day to day working environment and the wonderful freebies were snapped up like it was a Black Friday sale! (more…)

I Was A Slave: Real Stories of Survival

The following video is an excerpt from the “I Was A Slave: Real Stories of Survival” panel from the 2014 Trust Women Conference. Manan Ansari gives a riveting account of his rehabilitation after being rescued from working deep in a mica mine at only six years old.

Here’s video of the entire panel discussion: (more…)

A perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

Corporate Equality Index

For the third consecutive year, Thomson Reuters has earned a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a U.S. national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

As a result, we were also recognized among the 2015 Best Places to Work. Now in its 13th year, the CEI evaluates U.S. businesses on their LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. (more…)

Trust Women Conference 2014 highlights

Watch some highlights from this year’s fantastic Trust Women Conference below and make sure to read all of our coverage from the event.