A non-profit technology group in New York is gearing up for a visit from representatives of not just one, but two business divisions of Thomson Reuters.
Our Tax & Accounting and Financial & Risk businesses are now annual sponsors of NY Tech Meetup. Founded in 2004, NY Tech Meetup is a non-profit organization that supports the growing technology community in New York with over 34,000 members.
As the world’s largest meetup group, NY Tech Meetup strives to build a sustainable technology industry by supporting the growing technology community in New York. Once per month, NY Tech Meetup allows 10 different New York technology companies the opportunity to showcase their products and services at a demo event held at the Skirball Theater at NYU. Each monthly event draws crowds of over 800 technologists from across the industry, as well as several members of the press.
As part of the annual sponsorship Thomson Reuters will have a booth at each monthly meetup. Vice-President of Corporate Tax Technology Stan Guzik is excited to sponsor NY Tech Meetup.
“NY Tech Meetup has built a strong technology ecosystem in the NY/NJ metro area and our presence at the monthly events will enable us to stay in touch with top technology talent,” Guzik said. “By sponsoring the NY Tech Meetup, we are giving back to our community, and I’d like to personally thank Director of Human Resources Marco Colacito, who played an integral part in securing our participation.”
As for its charitable efforts, NY Tech Meetup has helped promote and support the programs of organizations like Women in Tech, Girls Who Code, MOUSE and Camp Interactive by connecting them with NY Tech Meetup members who might be able to volunteer, mentor, or host interns. Also, after Hurricane Sandy, NY Tech Meetup rallied a group of tech volunteers to help with a variety of tech-related recovery projects.
More information about NY Tech Meetup can be found here.
“The road was never easy…” goes the song that the teachers of Gadang Elementary School sang at a short program during the Lapis Para sa Batang Eskwela (Pencils for the Mountains) back-to-school activity led by Thomson Reuters Extreme Adventure Team (TREAT) and Manila Volunteers Council (MVC). The lyrics were spot on, for everyone who attended the program had their own sacrifices—the children who take 30-minute treks across mountainous terrains every day to go to classes, the teachers who have to contend with limited books and equipment, and the Manila employee-volunteers who traveled overnight for 13 hours to bring school supplies to the kids.
On June 7th, 33 volunteers from TREAT and MVC went to Kapangan in Benguet, a fifth-class municipality 173 miles north of Manila, to distribute basic school supplies: notebooks, pads of writing paper, pencils, erasers, and sharpeners. This marks the third year they have come bearing sorely needed materials, this time to more than 350 public school children studying in two of the farthest communities in the municipality. (more…)
In a knowledge business like Thomson Reuters, people really are a key asset. A lot of companies say that, but this year’s Corporate Responsibility Report highlights the many ways in which our staff do make a difference in their local communities and neighborhoods. This was never more visible than when Hurricane Sandy hit, affecting many of our Stamford and New York colleagues. We had employees working around the clock to make sure that our customers weren’t impacted by the storm as well as some that also found time to help out in their communities through clean up projects or by serving food.
Our learning and development colleagues run some great training programs, from new graduates to senior leadership. But stepping up in times of crisis or when the chips are down isn’t something that is taught in a program. It’s part of our DNA, it’s what we do around here and is something that we can be proud of. Last year we committed 35,661 paid volunteering hours and this year we are aiming to more than double that to 80,000 hours. Now our staff get two paid days per year to commit to the charity of their choice, everyone can do more to make a difference in their local community.
If you want to find out more about our workplace policies and how we support our staff, check out this year’s Corporate Responsibility Report.
Being a responsible business is written in Thomson Reuters history. Our Trust Principles clearly set out our values and commit us to providing independent, unbiased news and data with integrity. Ethical business practices, underpinned by trust are the foundation on which we have built our Corporate Responsibility approach. The following is a piece from our 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report: (more…)
This week we launched our Community Champions Awards programme, celebrating the volunteer commitments of our employees. Over the last 10 years running this programme, we have donated $1m to non-profit groups across the world.
We know from our annual employee engagement survey that being seen as a business driven by an ethos of social responsibility is something that our employees hold dear. More than that we know that this ethos is a key driver in their engagement with our business, leading to increased customer service and satisfaction.
Our Corporate Responsibility report contains more information on the Community Champions programme and all our other community activities.
For more on this and to check out our other community programmes click here.
This week saw the launch of our first global Corporate Responsibility Report looking back over our achievements in 2011.
This is an important first step on our journey to having a more sophisticated and mature approach to CR – going beyond simply reporting on our charitable and philanthropic activities.
In this report we reflect on our 4 core areas: (more…)
At Thomson Reuters, we all have a shared responsibility to do business in ways that respect, protect and benefit our customers, our employees, our communities, and our environment. This responsibility informs everything we do, both as a company and as individuals.
We are pleased to publish the Thomson Reuters 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, an important milestone on our Corporate Responsibility journey. It is the first time we have communicated company-wide performance and progress in a single, all-inclusive report.
The report looks back over 2011, highlighting our achievements and setting out aims for the coming year in several areas: (more…)
We’re proud of the outstanding contributions our employees make to Thomson Reuters, so we asked them to share their stories about their work, their teams and their colleagues. Whether supporting customers or colleagues, or managing our systems and information our employees put the right information in the hands of the right people so our customers can achieve amazing things. Each week we will feature one of these stories to show their passion, collaboration, creativity and how they drive our business forward.
Sharing Our Knowledge, Supporting Our Community
By Kasia Mazurkiewicz
‘Arbour’ means a shady garden alcove with the sides and roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a framework. A peaceful shelter. As part of the company’s community volunteering program, in which the company encourages us to spend a day a year volunteering on the company’s time, the Strategic Talent Team in London decided to combine our skills and efforts to help the local community near our office in Canary Wharf, in east London. We chose The Arbour, a charity which provides opportunities for educational and leisure activities, volunteer work, advice, counseling services and one-on-one support for children, young people, women and the unemployed.
Since November 2010 we’ve applied our professional skills in Human Resources & Talent Management to the Arbour in a variety of ways: we worked on their Employment Project to redesign their recruitment workshops and training sessions around professional behavior during recruitment and interviewing; we coached them on filling out application forms and we conducted two sets of mock interviews in our office for unemployed women and young people who are not in education and who have never been in an office environment before. By collaborating and sharing our knowledge and passion for what we do with the people at The Arbour, we helped empower them and gave them confidence, for which they were incredibly grateful. It was an amazing experience to come together with my colleagues, share our collective experience and expertise and in turn positively impact our local community. I am grateful to have had this opportunity and am certain I’ll never forget the look of gratitude on their faces at the end of the sessions.
Kasia Mazurkiewicz is a Manager, Strategic Talent for Thomson Reuters and is based in London.