Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Thomson Reuters Foundation
United Kingdom
Key people
  • Monique Villa (CEO)

Thomson Reuters Foundation is the London-based charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, a Canadian global information and news network. The Foundation is a registered charity in the United States and United Kingdom and is headquartered in Canary Wharf, London.

The current CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is Antonio Zappulla

Key programmes[edit]


TrustLaw is a service created in 2010 to spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide by connecting the law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with NGOs and social enterprises in need of free legal assistance.[1]

Journalism and media training[edit]

Since 1983, The Foundation has used the Reuters principles of impartiality to train reporters around the world. The Foundation provides practical, skills-based training programmes available in seven languages and across 170 countries. To date, over 15,000 journalists have been trained internationally on 27 highly specialised training topics.[2]

The Foundation also sets up and manages independent news platforms. The Foundation launched Aswat Masriya in 2011, an independent Egyptian news website which closed in 2017 due to lack of funding.[3] Ahead of the country's first general elections in November 2015, the Foundation also launched Myanmar Now, a new portal dedicated to free and independent journalism in Myanmar led by Burmese journalists. The latter won the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015 for a feature on underage sex workers.[citation needed]

Set up in 2006 and part of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, the Foundation funds the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), a research centre for international comparative journalism.[4]

Thomson Reuters Foundation News[edit]

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The foundation has correspondents in London, Barcelona, New York, Delhi, Bangkok, Bogota, Nairobi, Dakar, Mumbai, Chennai, Jakarta, Rio and freelancers in most developing nations. The global editorial team of over 45 journalists and 150 freelancers covers the world's under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women's rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.[citation needed]

Perception polls[edit]

The Foundation's polls include: The World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women (2011),[5] Best and Worst G20 Countries for Women (2012),[6] Best and Worst Arab League Countries for Women (2013),[7] the Most Dangerous Transport Systems for Women (2014),[8] and the Five Key Issues Facing Women Working in the G20 (2015).[9]

Trust Conference[edit]

Trust Conference, formerly Trust Women, aims is to put the rule of law behind human rights and fight modern slavery through concrete action.[10] Past speakers have included Cherie Blair, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and Nobel laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus.[11]

As part of the Trust Women Conference's commitment to tangible action, Monique Villa announced the launch of the Stop Slavery Award, a new initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation[12] to recognise companies leading the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains. The Award, designed by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor,[13] will be conferred for the first time in November 2016.

As a direct result of the Trust Women Conference, the Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and top U.S. financial institutions – including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Barclays, TD Bank, American Express, Western Union – to issue international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial communities to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions linked to human trafficking.[14]



In September 1997, the Reuters Foundation launched AlertNet, a website providing free humanitarian news and information. AlertNet was set up in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide as a response to criticism of the slow media response and poorly coordinated activities of the relief agencies on the ground. AlertNet aimed to facilitate co-ordination among relief workers.[15]

In 2004, the Foundation created, Iraq's first independent national news agency, Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI). The service continues to provide impartial and reliable information in Iraq today.[16][17]

Thomson Reuters Foundation[edit]

Following the acquisition of Reuters by the Canadian group Thomson Corporation on 17 April 2008, the Foundation was transformed to embrace the wider scope of the company. Under the leadership of the new CEO, Monique Villa, the Foundation scaled down its grant making activities, revamped existing programs and launched new projects – all aimed at leveraging the skills and expertise of the company.[18][19]

In January 2010, with the Haitian earthquake, the Foundation launched an Emergency Information Service (EIS) aimed at providing practical, life-saving information to survivors in local languages.[20][21]


  • In 2015, The Foundation editorial team won the Asian Environmental Journalism Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation,[22] as well as a United Nations Correspondents Association UN Foundation prize.[23]
  • In 2012, AlertNet Climate was selected as an Official Honouree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Green category.[24]
  • In 2011, AlertNet was awarded the "Voices of Courage" Award by the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC).[25]
  • In 2011, AlertNet was awarded an EPPY Award for the "Best News Website" category.[26]
  • In 2011, the Foundation received an EPPY Award for "Best Overall Website Design" for its online platform,[26]
  • AlertNet received a gold trophy for "Best News Site" at the Lovie Awards.[27]
  • In March 2011, the Foundation won the "Best Use of New Media" award for its Emergency Information Service (EIS) at the Third Annual Social Innovation Awards hosted by Justmeans.[28]
  • TrustMedia received a "Commended Company" designation by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its innovative journalist training on health reporting.[29]
  • In 2010, the Foundation was awarded the Best Annual Report Award at the Digital Communications Awards.[30]
  • In 2010, "Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope”, a Thomson Reuters Foundation multimedia documentary created for the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, was nominated for an Emmy award and won a prize at the Best of Photojournalism Awards.[31] The documentary was also a finalist in the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma and named Best Web Special Feature by Editor & Publisher.
  • AlertNet was named a Millennium Product by the British government, an award for outstanding application of innovative technology.[32]


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  2. ^ "Thomson Reuters Foundation | Media Development". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
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  7. ^ "POLL: Women's rights in the Arab world". Retrieved 21 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  8. ^ "Most dangerous transport systems for women". Retrieved 21 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  9. ^ "The 5 key issues facing women working in the G20". Retrieved 21 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  10. ^ "Home | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Speakers | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Stop Slavery Awards | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  13. ^ Trust Women 2015 – Anish Kapoor logo, retrieved 21 December 2015
  14. ^ "Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa, Top U.S. Financial Institutions Issue White Paper to Combat Human Trafficking using Financial Data". Retrieved 21 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  15. ^ Women Refugee Commission. "'An interview with our 2011 Voices of Courage Honouree Thomson Reuters Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  16. ^ Farzad, Roben (18 July 2005). "Iraq to Get News Service of Its Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  17. ^ UNDP. "Reaching the Outside World. Media Development". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  18. ^ Thomson Reuters. "Thomson completes acquisition of Reuters; Thomson Reuters shares begins today". Press Room. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  19. ^ PR Newswire, United Business Media. "Thomson Reuters Announces New Leadership Team for Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  20. ^ Thomson Reuters. "Thomson Reuters Foundation pioneers new emergency information service for survivors of natural disasters". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  21. ^ Bulkley, Kate (18 June 2010). "Mobile technology takes centre stage in disaster relief". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  22. ^ "Asian Environmental Journalism Awards – AEJA Winners 2015". Retrieved 28 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  23. ^ "2015 UNCA Awards Winners " The United Nations Correspondents Association". Retrieved 28 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  24. ^ The Webby Awards. "16th Annual Webby Awards Official Honoree selections". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  25. ^ Women Refugee Commission. "An interview with our 2011 Voices of Courage Honoree Thomson Reuters Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  26. ^ a b EPPY Awards. "EPPY Awards – 2011 Winners". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  27. ^ The Lovie Awards. "1st Annual Lovie Honourees". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  28. ^ Justmeans. "Winners of Justmeans 2011 Social Innovation Awards Announced in London, March 25". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  29. ^ Business Action on Health Awards, GBCHealth. "Commended Company 2012: Thomson Reuters Foundation". Global Business Coalition on Health. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  30. ^ Digital Communications Awards 2011. "Winner" (PDF). Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  31. ^ National Press Photographers Association. "Best of Photojournalism 2011". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  32. ^ "Millennium Products Archive" (PDF). Design Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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