The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law.
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.
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 1,800 members in over 150 countries, including more than 400 law firms. Since 2010, we’ve generated the equivalent of $35 million in pro bono support and made over 1,000 connections.
Many of the cross-border programmes we work on involve an enormous amount of resources from law firms and corporate legal teams, resulting in research that not only benefits the NGO or social enterprise who requested it, but also many others in that country, region or area of expertise. As part of our commitment to empower people worldwide, we publish and distribute select legal research to make it widely accessible.
In 2014, we launched the inaugural TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono. The Index is the very first of its kind on a global scale. It looks at both trends and data on pro bono legal assistance on a country-by-country basis, acting as a benchmark for the whole pro bono industry.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our network of lawyers. In recognition of their tremendous efforts and commitment to pro bono, we have created the TrustLaw Awards to honour outstanding pro bono projects. Check out the winners of our 2013 Award.