United States

Sarah Shearman

Investment platform takes stand against U.S. anti-abortion laws

May 24 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A U.S. startup has launched a tool to help investors move their money out of companies headquartered in states with "extreme anti-abortion laws", seeking to tap into a growing movement towards shareholder activism.

Fifteen Cornwall head vows to go on as Jamie Oliver's restaurants close

May 21 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The head of a restaurant in southwest England set up by Jamie Oliver to train unemployed young people as chefs vowed on Tuesday to "keep the light burning" after the celebrity chef's restaurant chain went into administration.

Eden Project seeks to 'breathe new life' into former Australian mine

May 21 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The creator of the world's largest indoor rainforest, Britain's Eden Project, on Tuesday unveiled plans to turn a former Australian coal mine into a major eco-tourism attraction.

Companies trying to do good face stiff competition - from each other

May 10 2019

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Competition for funding among companies trying to do good by doing everything from harvesting rainwater to making prosthetic limbs can be fierce.

Avengers' Zoe Saldana: a superhero battling female stereotypes

May 09 2019

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a green-skinned alien in the blockbuster movie "Avengers: Endgame", actress Zoe Saldana hopes she can promote a clear message - that time's up on old-fashioned female stereotypes.

With big business touting ethics, how do small social brands survive?

Apr 30 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Whether it is U.S. denim brand Levi's campaigning against gun violence or British supermarket Iceland drawing attention to the environmental impact of palm oil production, big businesses want to show they care about people and the planet, not just profits.

High hopes: Will 'cannabusiness' turn around deprived communities?

Apr 26 2019

(This April 24 story corrects location of Ruatoria in paragraph 8)

Global firms aim to 'change lives' by backing UK's ethical companies

Apr 17 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global technology giant SAP is the latest big company to endorse British firms that aim to do good, as more consumers drive businesses to prove their social and environmental credentials.

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor says films can help drive change in Africa

Apr 12 2019

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Films telling the stories of innovators in Africa have the power to transform the way people see the continent and drive social change, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor said on Friday.

Isolation blamed for depressing social entrepreneurs in emerging countries

Apr 12 2019

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Social entrepreneurs in emerging countries fear their mission to set up businesses that profit while doing good is being hampered by a lack of support networks, leaving them isolated and lonely.

World News

German Greens leap in EU vote, eyes now on France

Germany's Green party doubled its share of the vote in Sunday's European Parliament election, leaping into second place behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and above the centre-left Social Democrats.