The Greater Good

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…)

Q&A with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

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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 Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, to take a look back at some of the major stories covered and impact the coverage achieved.

Your team covers stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. What is the ultimate goal?

We cover stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s rights, human trafficking, climate change, and corruption. These are some of the world’s most pressing issues, but often those affected by them have no voice. We want to ensure that these people are not forgotten, and raise awareness about these often underreported issues. We don’t campaign, and we are not involved in advocacy; all of our stories are fair, accurate and impartial, leaving readers to form their own opinion.

2014 was a year full of major news events. What was the most unexpected story your team had to cover?

As we cover humanitarian disasters that are often overlooked by other media, when a big crisis strikes we are often already there. Take Ebola, for example. Our West Africa correspondent was the first international journalist to reach the remote village of Gueckedou, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak began. It was only two months later that the international community started to pay attention to the virus. Recently we returned to Guinea to visit the village where it all started and interviewed the father of the first victim of Ebola, the two-year-old boy the world knows as Patient Zero. (more…)

Our people – 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.

Developing talent – The Leadership Program for women

Each year, we choose 32 senior female employees to take part in our highly sought-after six-month Leadership Program for Women. It’s designed to enhance their senior management skills, allow them to share business experiences, success and networking strategies, and increase their sphere of influence. Those who’ve already completed the program are experiencing many benefits: (more…)

Covering the world’s under-reported stories

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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

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. We cover the stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media: aid and development, women’s rights, the human impact of climate change, corruption and modern-day slavery. We believe that raising awareness can trigger debate and lead to open, fair, prosperous, tolerant societies. That is our ultimate goal.

Thirty correspondents across five continents and a growing network of more than 100 contributors enable us to cover unique and original stories globally. The Reuters distribution network disseminates our content to one billion readers each day.

Taxpayers – Funded Abuse

We investigated the living conditions of workers at a Canadian-owned palm oil plantation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our story, by Chris Arsenault, revealed that the workers were paid $1 a day for intense field labor and were hosted in dilapidated homes. (more…)

Q&A with Alisha Miranda, TrustLaw Director

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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

TrustLaw is a story of continuous growth. Tell us about your expansion in 2014.

2014 was a tremendous year for us: we more than doubled the number of connections made in 2013, recruited new firms, and facilitated the first connections in places as diverse as Myanmar, Taiwan, South Korea, and New Zealand. We also grew in places where we were already present, expanding our reach and building deeper relationships, from India to Africa to Europe.

The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono has quickly become the benchmark for monitoring trends across the pro bono industry. What were the overall findings?

This was really the first poll of its kind, and quite an ambitious project. The goal was to provide a global assessment of trends and benchmarks across the pro bono legal industry on a country-by-country basis. We were thrilled with the response: 103 law firms provided data on their work across 69 different countries. The data highlighted a lot of interesting facts and trends. We were happy to see that the average value of pro bono per lawyer was actually $11,000, and that they had done over 1.5 million hours of pro bono in 2013. (more…)

Our people – Part one

our people

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.

Our culture – It’s all in the mind-set

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Thomson Reuters Foundation spotlight: TrustLaw

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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

TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program. It connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social change. They produce groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide. In four years, they generated $54 million in free legal assistance to their beneficiaries across 170 countries.

With staff in seven countries and fluency in 14 languages, the TrustLaw network continues to expand, especially across countries which traditionally haven’t embraced the practice of pro bono legal assistance. The innovative TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono is the leading report monitoring trends and data in the industry on a country-by-country basis.

How it works

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Patsy Doerr and Tim Nixon discuss CR&I

Patsy Doerr, global head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters, and Tim Nixon, director of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters, talk about the unified Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion function and its importance to our business.

Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report