Thomson Reuters has set new goals to increase diversity in its senior leadership by 2022, including 45% or more women, 20% or more racial and ethnic representation, and a doubling of Black representation, the company says in a Inclusion and Diversity report.
At the end of 2020 across senior leadership roles, 36% were women. Racial and ethnic representation was 14.5%, and 32 Black talent.
” While we have made some progress, we know that we still have much more to do”, said Steve Hasker, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters.
The company’s goal is to increase overall racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership levels (director and above) to 18% by the end of 2021 and 20% or more by the end of 2022.
The goal for racial and ethnically diverse leadership is to double the number of Black employees in senior leadership levels to 60 or more by the end of 2022.
Another component of the announced diversity and inclusion approach is identification, development, and advancement of women globally for leadership positions.
Overall representation of women in senior leadership positions should be increased by 40% by the end of 2021 and 45% by the end of 2022.
Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler have earlier stated that “we recognize that we can do better and that we must improve the racial and ethnic diversity in our own organization.”
That means hiring more journalists currently under-represented in our newsroom and making sure we have more journalists of color in our senior ranks. It means getting more women into senior roles, the report says.
Reuters is operating in 200 locations around the world and delivers news in 16 languages. Journalists come from at least 86 countries and speak more than 40 languages.
The report stresses that in 2020, the company was ranked in the Top 50 on Refinitiv’s D&I Index.