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Thomson Reuters flies the flag for gay rights

Thomson Reuters will host an anti-bullying seminar on Friday run by Stonewall, a UK charity that campaigns for equal rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

The company’s involvement is part of its strategy for community engagement, which includes being “a Stonewall Diversity Champion” since 2009.

“Although anti-gay bullying at work became illegal in 2003, many employers still struggle with tackling a culture of casual homophobia, a recent staff announcement said.

“According to Stonewall’s Living Together research into attitudes to lesbian, gay and bisexual people published in 2012, nearly six percent of the general population – 2.4 million people of working age – say they have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work. It remains a big issue. At Thomson Reuters, we are eager to play our part in tackling it.” 

The seminar will showcase Stonewall’s good practice research and employers who are leading the way in promoting zero-tolerance. “Not only will we be able to learn from it as an organization, but we'll help other organizations do so too; not just on the day, but also by a video which we will create and share widely, both internally and externally,” the announcement said.

“We are very happy the event will be opened by Mark Schlageter [Thomson Reuters managing director, government, risk & compliance, financial & risk] as it sends a strong message that our leaders care about this topic and about diversity.” ■

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