Thomson Reuters Foundation
My name is Monique Villa and I run an international, award-winning organization in rapid expansion. My mission is to create value. My motto is global impact.
I am CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s leading source of news and information. I am a business woman working in philanthropy. To some, this concept is still very difficult to grasp. It’s based on the misconception that charity and business are not meant to intertwine. They are seen as the Cain and Abel of modern times.
I take quite a different approach. To me it’s all about understanding the concept of giving. What does Thomson Reuters give back to society? Why does it do it? What does it achieve? And what does it get back in return?
When I joined the Foundation in 2008, Thomson had just acquired Reuters, grafting its legal, accounting and risk expertise into a news agency known across the world for its outstanding journalism. The new company, Thomson Reuters, had a much wider business scope, burning ambition, and tremendous talent. I saw this as an incredible opportunity for both the business and for society at large. (more…)
The Foundation organized the first Trust Women Conference dedicated to putting the rule of law behind women’s rights. The event gathered over 350 delegates from all over the world to tackle issues such as human trafficking, slavery, child and forced marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation) and the impact of the Arab Spring on women. The conference, in partnership with the International Herald tribune, generated concrete commitments to action to help women defend their rights. Two Nobel laureates, Aung San Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi, opened the two-day event. Speakers included Queen Noor of Jordan, Oscar winning Sharmeen Obaid from Pakistan, and Sima Samar from Afghanistan. (more…)
Thomson Reuters Foundation journalists covered the world’s most pressing humanitarian emergencies as well as crises that no longer make headlines in the mainstream media but are equally devastating for those affected. But rather than just highlighting problems, the team reported about solutions from the frontlines of disasters, climate change, the struggle for women’s rights and efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.
From groundbreaking research into the legality of prostitution and its effect on trafficking to the creation of a crack team of pro bono lawyers dedicated to defending women in Arab Spring countries, the inaugural Trust Women Conference agreed on concrete action to put the rule of law behind women’s rights.
Co-organized by Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Herald Tribune, the two-day event in London brought together pioneers of women’s rights including Nobel laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi, Queen Noor of Jordan and Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
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The fight against corruption is changing the way of doing business in Brazil. Anti-graft legislation making its way through the Brazilian congress will extend to the corporate world the zero-tolerance policy introduced by President Dilma Rousseff within her own government. How prepared is your business for the new law? How does it compare with other major laws that international companies must comply with? What compliance programs will you need? What business risks do you face?
In this complimentary event, the Thomson Reuters Foundation will guide you through the anti-corruption landscape for doing business in Brazil. With Brazil determined to stamp out corruption, knowing how to operate successfully within a strong legal framework in a fast-growing market will become increasingly important for business leaders – especially as huge amounts of investment floods into Brazil over the next four years for the World Cup and Olympics.
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The Thomson Reuters Foundation has released a new multimedia package about female genital mutilation (FGM), a practise that has affected an estimated 100-140 million girls and women. The special coverage comes as campaigners, including those from African member states of the United Nations, add the finishing touches to a draft resolution banning FGM to be presented to the U.N. General Assembly in October. It is expected to be adopted in December.
Special coverage in the package includes:
- An explanation of what FGM is and the different forms it can take
- An investigation of female genital mutilation across Africa
- Detailed maps of where FGM happens
- What the law says; which countries have banned FGM
- Featured videos from contributors including survivors of the practice