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What's On at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: our annual Trust Conference inspires action; our CEO is honoured for her efforts to end child slavery; our latest film uncovers the reality of family-run sex trafficking in Mexico; and a TrustLaw member receives global recognition.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistancemedia development and trainingcoverage of the world’s under-reported news, and Trust Conference.

Highlights from Trust Conference

Our sixth Trust Conference featured outstanding speakers and panellists discussing modern-day slavery and human rights. Participants pledged over 180 offers of support to our six Actions: you can watch them here. You can also watch the keynotes and panels and view photos on our website. Next year’s Trust Conference will take place in London on November 14 & 15, 2018. To provisionally book your place, contact tahsin.ahmed@thomsonreuters.com.

CEO Honored for Fighting Child Labour

Our CEO Monique Villa received the inaugural Freedom Award from ECPAT-USA, which recognised her work to end child trafficking and exploitation. In her acceptance speech, Monique stressed that child labour is found in the supply chains of multinational corporations and called for greater collective responsibility in the fight against this appalling crime. You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Sex Trafficking: A Family Business

Our most recent film offers a brutal and vivid insight into the minds of traffickers in Mexico who employed members of their own family and later forced them into prostitution. Interviews feature a hotel cleaner who became an abusive pimp, and a former prostitute who groomed her daughter to take her place, transitioning from victim to a perpetrator. The film can be watched here and you can read our coverage here.

TrustLaw Member Recognised by TIME

A member of our global pro bono TrustLaw service, Bempu Health, has been named in TIME’s Best Inventions of 2017. The India-based company has patented a low-cost bracelet that protects babies at risk of premature death. Bempu was connected through TrustLaw to Microsoft’s in-house legal team and the law firm Ashu Thakur & Associates, who assisted them with protecting their original patent. The three companies received the 2016 TrustLaw Innovation Award for their success. Read the full story here.

Foundation Accredited for ‘Outstanding Training’

Our media development and training programmes have been officially accredited by the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI), the foremost accreditation and membership body for the learning sector. The assessment places the Foundation right at the top of global learning providers, endorsing the high standard of the hundreds of training programmes that are managed by the Foundation. Read more about the announcement here.

Adidas Wins Stop Slavery Award

The 2017 Stop Slavery Award winners were announced on the first day of the Trust Conference. The Judging Board chose four winners: Adidas, who were given the additional recognition of being the Outstanding Achiever; C&A; Co-op; and Intel, each of whom received a sculpture by Anish Kapoor. FSI worldwide received an honourable mention for its efforts to prevent slavery through ethical recruitment. Submissions for the 2018 award will open in the new year.

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