Thomson Reuters (and Westlaw)

Canada
Commercial and Professional Services, Media and Entertainment

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Westlaw is an online legal research service and proprietary database for lawyers and legal professionals; it is owned by media company Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters vets suppliers according to LGBTQ policies and fired a data analyst for opposing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Thomson Reuters does not have viewpoint protections for its employees. Thomson Reuters has used its media profile to support ideas such as critical race theory. For these reasons, Thomson Reuters receives a "High Risk" rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

Thomson Reuters received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. In 2020, Thomson Reuters fired data analyst Zac Kriegman for questioning the validity of the BLM narrative (2).

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

The Thomson Reuters Foundation will match employee charitable contributions to religious organizations that engage in community work under a separate 501(c)(3) status (1).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

Thomson Reuters’ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics does not protect employees from political viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Westlaw Today is a curated feed of news stories published by Reuters, the news media arm of the Thomson Reuters parent corporation (1). Through its corporate and ideological affiliation with Reuters, Westlaw has tacitly endorsed Reuters’ support of ideological causes such as critical race theory and Democratic voting legislation (2)(3).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

The Thomson Reuters Foundation forbids donations to “political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns” (1). There are no publicly known cases of Thomson Reuters financially supporting ideological causes or groups hostile to freedom of expression.

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Thomson Reuters does not have a PAC or make political contributions.

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March 27, 2023

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