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Peace, justice and strong institutions

Steve Hasker  President & CEO / Thomson Reuters

Steve Hasker  President & CEO / Thomson Reuters

Law, tax, compliance, government, news: We operate with our customers in complex arenas, supporting institutions that must work well for the world to be on firm footing.

That’s why we work with our partners wherever possible to strengthen the foundations of society.

Time will tell whether the financial damage of this pandemic will be offset by lasting positive changes to the organizations people work for. We are seeing that many leaders are embracing this moment as a ‘reset’ to bring about overdue change — to look for new ways to drive our communities and economies forward.

This work must start with looking inward but as corporate citizens, we also understand that global resilience depends on global collaboration. That’s why we would like to share two important initiatives that Thomson Reuters has joined.

The United Nations Global Compact

Next month, Thomson Reuters is partnering with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to host the U.S. country consultation for Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. We will convene companies and help them play their part in building stronger societies. (If you are a customer of Thomson Reuters and would like to take part, contact us here.)

We are seeing that many leaders are embracing this moment as a ‘reset’ to bring about overdue change — to look for new ways to drive our communities and economies forward.

As part of this, we have signed a statement that will be delivered to the U.N. Secretary General, affirming that the global business community is redoubling its efforts to address four converging crises: economic uncertainty, social inequality, rising disinformation, and climate change.

The statement asserts, “public and private institutions need to show they are accountable, ethical, inclusive, and transparent. This is the only way to strengthen public trust and achieve a more sustainable future for all.”

Giving employees time to vote

Recognizing the vital role of voter participation in building stronger, more inclusive societies, we have joined Time To Vote, a non-partisan coalition of nearly 800 companies to increase voter participation. Participants strive to make it easy for their employees to take part in the democratic process, recognizing that right to vote is essential to a well-functioning society, advancing peace, justice, and strong institutions. In this, we join our partners and peers from Deloitte, Salesforce, Target, JPMorgan, and PepsiCo, among many others.

Thomson Reuters supports every employee’s right to vote with the appropriate time off to do so, and any employee that does not have sufficient time to participate in an election as a result of their work can make accommodations with their manager.

In addition, for our colleagues in the U.S., FindLaw has published a great set of resources to help employees, customers, and citizens understand voting laws. And, in addition to comprehensive unbiased reporting, Reuters will be providing Facebook social media users with live U.S. election night results. Lastly, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw is working with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the law firm Goodwin Procter in creating a “Know Your Rights” guide to voting for homeless people across the U.S.

These initiatives clearly reflect the goals that we work towards daily. Especially during trying times, our people continue to step up, showing a deep commitment to shape and improve the future of the communities, industries, and markets we serve.

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