Successful Corporate Responsibility Begins with Engaged Employees


Varghese Paul

Head of Human Resource, India and Global
Operations Centers,Thomson Reuters

In the last year, Thomson Reuters has worked to align its Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives under one unified and cohesive global strategy that acutely reflects the business and the people across our global enterprise.

For Thomson Reuters, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion is aligned to our broader business strategy, supporting the essential operating systems that power legal systems, and also businesses and societies that can foster a more transparent, inclusive, fair and ethical world. Our focus is on thriving and open financial markets, the rule of law, open and prospering governments, informed individuals and a future made better through scientific discovery and sustainable practices. These may be lofty goals, but they are achievable because our global network of engaged employees is driven by a common purpose – to make the places where we live and work better.

Thomson Reuters supports several programs that enable employees from around the world to give back to their communities in thousands of ways, large and small. Among them, employees receive two paid days of leave to engage in volunteer activities. For employees that donate more than 20 hours of volunteer time to eligible non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a calendar year, Thomson Reuters will award grants to those organizations through its global “Dollars for Doers” program. The company also matches monetary donations to NGOs as well.

Through its Community Champion Awards program, Thomson Reuters also recognizes outstanding volunteer and community service programs worldwide, with more than 40 winners selected to receive grants totaling $100,000 for their chosen organization. Since 2001, more than $1 million has been donated to NGOs and nonprofits from around the world through this program.

In India, we support the Community Service Program to facilitate team-based volunteer opportunities. Each year, more than 2,000 employees from across India participate in more than 200 volunteer projects – including mentoring, sustainability and health awareness initiatives, blood donation events, disaster relief and more – to support organizations across the country.

Effective CR initiatives are more than just about offering rewarding experiences, they also foster deeper collaboration and provide leadership and development opportunities. We believe that employees who are invested in the community make a difference as ambassadors of our business, and help influence our position as an employer of choice in India, and around the globe.

The talent and dedication of my colleagues in India and across the world has built a world-class culture we can all be proud of.

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