Reuters and Independence

INDEPENDENCE is the essence of our reputation as a “stateless” global news organisation and fundamental to the trust that allows us to report impartially from all sides of a conflict or dispute.

It is crucial to our ability to report on companies, institutions and individuals in the financial markets, many of whom are also our customers, without regard for anything other than accuracy, balance and the truth.

Our independence stems not only from the structure of Reuters but also from our duty as journalists to avoid conflicts of interest or situations that could give rise to a perception of a conflict.

What follows is not an exhaustive list of conflicts that might arise. If you think that there is a potential for conflict in any of your activities you should raise this with your manager.

Personal Investments
You must not allow any investments held by you or your immediate family to influence you in your work for Reuters.

Except under any arrangements made for employees by Reuters, you must not use any of Reuters transaction or communications facilities for your own – or any other individual’s – personal investment purposes.

This does not apply to use of a Reuters product which is directed to the consumer market.

Declaring financial interests
Whether you are reporting news, financial information or other subjects you should ensure that no circumstances exist which could give rise to a suspicion of bias on the part of Reuters.

The section in the Reuters Code of Conduct that deals with personal investments reflects the standard acceptable at the time the Code was written.

The changing industry and regulatory environments make it clear that we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard in order to protect and grow the reputation of Reuters for accurate, unbiased journalism.

That standard applies to all journalists in editorial and supplements the Code, which should be read in conjunction with it.

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