Advancing legal services within the community
When I tell people where I work, they mostly associate the legal business of Thomson Reuters with West Publishing or Westlaw. But what most people don’t know about us is all the great work we do in advancing legal services within the community. For example, did you know that over the past six years, Thomson Reuters has created 74 law libraries throughout Africa with a focus on furthering the rule of law and to foster economic growth and prosperity?
The Thomson Reuters Eagan campus employs approximately 900 attorneys, many of whom provide pro bono services to non-profit partner organizations through the Thomson Reuters Pro Bono Connection. Organizations inlcude the Council on Crime and Justice, the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Peace and Hope International, the Innocence Project of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and Wills for Heroes. Our goal is for each attorney employee to provide 20 hours of pro bono service per year.
Thomson Reuters also provides grants for various organizations such as the D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc., the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, the Legal Rights Center, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota, and many more.
On a global scale, Thomson Reuters strives to empower sustainable growth for its people, its markets and our world by developing programs for employees to get involved in, by partnering with customers and relevant organizations to offer financial support or expertise. For example, our carbon footprint Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) score increased from 61 to 95 percent based on our commitments across our global operations, our offices and our Data Centers. And, we now support 74 thriving business resource groups such as Women@ Thomson Reuters and Pride at Work around the world. Last year, these groups held 160 events, including 40 with clients such as Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard and RBS. The company has ambitious plans in the pipeline, including opportunities to work with start-ups and non-governmental bodies as part of a forthcoming social innovation program, so stay tuned for more.