Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking.

We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programmes that trigger real change and empower people around the world, including free legal assistance, journalism and media training, coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and the Trust Women Conference. We tackle global issues and achieve lasting impact.


At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Foundation
  • Media/Press
  • International non-governmental organization (INGO)


30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf
London, E14 5EP UK

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Organization Mission

We are a rapidly growing organisation with over 70 staff members around the world. We speak 30 languages, represent 24 countries, and work in 12 office locations across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. We’re a mix of journalists, lawyers, social innovators, media and communication trainers. We pride ourselves on our dynamic, quirky, and entrepreneurial spirit.

From award-winning investigative journalism to strategic initiatives that fight modern-day slavery worldwide, the impact and presence of the Thomson Reuters Foundation continues to grow, changing laws and making an impact internationally.

Free legal assistance - At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we believe that NGOs and social enterprises should be able to focus on their mission instead of spending their resources on legal fees. That’s why we created TrustLaw. Through TrustLaw, we connect high-impact organisations with the best law firms in the world willing to provide free legal assistance. We are committed to spreading the practice of pro bono worldwide. Our network has grown to 2,000 members in over 170 countries, including more than 400 law firms. Since 2010, we’ve generated the equivalent of $54 million in pro bono support and made over 1,250 connections.

Under-reported stories - Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. We cover the world’s under-reported stories, the issues that mainstream media often forget. Our editorial team includes 26 correspondents across five continents and a powerful network of more than 100 contributors, enabling us to cover stories at the heart of aid, development, human rights, climate change, corruption, and social innovation. Every day, our website brings you features, analysis, info-graphics, blogs and exclusive videos. Our content is syndicated for free to prestigious news outlets and is accessible to all Reuters clients around the world.

Our journalists are resident-experts in the areas of women’s rights, anti-corruption, climate change and humanitarian news. They often provide comments and in-depth analysis to media organisations internationally and in several languages. From television shows to radios, from magazines to podcasts, our team is a formidable asset for any media outlet around the world.

Media development - We believe free journalism is a pillar of democracy, and for this reason we are deeply committed to journalism excellence. Since 1983, we’ve promoted the highest standards of journalism worldwide. We support excellence in journalism through a number of different initiatives: the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, devoted to innovative and comparative international research; the training of hundreds of journalists around the world; and the creation of news platforms for independent media.

Our global network of journalists allows us to provide training where other organisations can’t. We’ve trained over 12,000 reporters and media professionals in locations including Kyrgyzstan, Benin, Suriname, South Sudan, Myanmar, Laos, Mongolia, East Timor, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.

Trust Women - The Trust Women conference is an influential gathering that brings together global corporations, lawyers and pioneers in the field of women's rights. Unlike many other events, Trust Women delegates take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights. In 2013, 32 actions were taken in the fields of slavery, rehabilitation of survivors, forced sterilization and gender-based violence. Learn more at