RWS, a distinctive, global leader in the provision of technology-enabled language, content, and intellectual property services, today announces the establishment of The RWS Foundation, a charity trust with the mission of advancing understanding across borders.
“Our new purpose is simple,” explains David Shrimpton, Independent Chair of The RWS Foundation. “We want to partner with people, organizations, and charities globally to help break down language barriers, and progress in areas that have a lasting, positive impact on society. That’s why we have chosen CLEAR Global to be our first beneficiary of 2023.”
The RWS Foundation will assist CLEAR Global as the Sapphire sponsor by funding a variety of significant humanitarian projects and activities that will enable people all around the globe to receive essential information and be heard, regardless of the language they speak. In order to maintain the highest translation standards, ongoing support will involve managing large-scale projects, training translators and team members, and translating, localizing, and evaluating crucial information.
“We’re extremely grateful to The RWS Foundation for its support,” said Aimee Ansari, CEO, of CLEAR Global. “Our vision is to help people who speak marginalized languages – who often lack critical information in their language – to be understood, and also have the information they need in their daily lives. The RWS Foundation closely aligns with our vision, and we’re delighted to have their support as we look to unlock understanding for global citizens.”
Additionally, the RWS Foundation will actively encourage learning foreign languages through partnerships with schools and universities, such as the RWS Campus (a global university program) and the RWS Scholarship Program with the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, which has supported more than 50 language students through the RWS-Brode Scholarship program since 2019.
The RWS Foundation’s Trustees will operate in the organization’s best interests by making sure that assets are well-managed and are only utilized in ways that are consistent with that organization’s mission. The three main areas that The RWS Foundation will support are quality education, diversity, equity, inclusion, and language and content transformation. The RWS Foundation will also give donations and volunteers – whether RWS, individuals, or partners – a method to help charities and humanitarian endeavors by leveraging RWS’s worldwide scale and influence.