This is a guest post from Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president of Government Partnerships & Alliances for Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where our employees live and work, including supporting charitable efforts our employees are engaged in.

One example is our partnership with Wilderness Inquiry, a nonprofit that leads outdoor trips and adventures for urban youth, families and people with disabilities. We’ve been most actively involved with Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile program, which transforms our waterways into opportunities for youth to learn more about our natural resources, science, geography and to have some fun outdoors.

Our support of the nonprofit was sparked by Legal Professionals’ Chief Financial Officer Paul Fischer, who serves on Wilderness Inquiry’s board of directors, and his passion for their work. Thomson Reuters employees recently participated in Canoemobile events in three cities – Minneapolis-St. Paul, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Steve Rubley, president of the Government segment for Thomson Reuters, led a Canoemobile team on the Potomac River in D.C. in late October. “It was such a joy to watch the students overcome their fears and bravely paddle their canoes down the Potomac River. For many it was their very first time on the river or in a canoe,” he said.

Not only are we raising funds for a worthwhile program, we’re connecting with other local businesses, law firms and our government partners. Building relationships through charitable partnerships strengthens our ties with employees, community members and area businesses. It’s a holistic approach to supporting the communities and contributing to the quality of life where our employees live and work.

In addition, as signatories to the United Nations Global Compact, Thomson Reuters is committed to integrating responsible business practices. Our commitment includes working to support quality education and building sustainable cities and communities. Our partnership with Wilderness Inquiry plays a key role in helping us meet these sustainable-development goals.

We look forward to continuing to support Wilderness Inquiry’s important work in our communities and to expanding our involvement to other Thomson Reuters locations.

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