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Mandatory ethics training ordered for Reuters staff

Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler has ordered all editorial staff to take a mandatory course on the company's anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy. The course is online and lasts 10 minutes.

It follows a reminder a few months ago by Adler, pictured, and ethics editor Alix Freedman to staff to renew their commitment to the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. 

“These principles of integrity, independence and freedom from bias are integral to the way we work and essential to our well-earned reputation as the most credible and respected news organization in the world,” Adler said in a note to editorial staff on Tuesday.

“Our strong Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption policy helps us stay true to these principles, offering further guidance from the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics to navigate what is appropriate in terms of gift giving, entertaining and retaining third parties. As journalists, we have an important responsibility to make sure the choices we make every day align with Thomson Reuters high standards, and to ensure that the third party freelancers and consultants that we engage understand and comply with these high standards, everywhere we operate. The choices we make every day matter – we must always refrain from making or offering improper payments or benefits and keep accurate and fully transparent books and records. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: No story is worth damaging our reputation.”

Adler said that to ensure all editorial employees are well informed on this policy, a mandatory 10-minute online course will soon be released. The system will track participation and send regular reminders to those who need to complete it.

“Your knowledge and ongoing support of this policy is important to preserving our reputation,” Adler added. ■