In 2011, several Oxfam staff were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti during the earthquake response. Allegations were also made of staff in 2006 in Chad using sex workers. We are deeply shocked and dismayed by these revelations. Our priority is to stand with the women and girls who were exploited and abused and to ensure that sexual misconduct is rooted out of our organization.
Almost three years of war have plunged Yemen into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and put the country at risk of famine. Now it is at the mercy of a deadly and rapidly spreading cholera epidemic, with nearly 1 million suspected cases. Help us stop the spread now.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty.
Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
An independent commission will be set up with immediate power to carry out a wide-ranging review of Oxfam’s practices and culture, including its handling of past cases of sexual misconduct. It comes as Oxfam announces a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organization, and stamp out abuse.
Penny Lawrence today resigned as Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain. Lawrence was Program Director at the time of the sexual misconduct in Chad.
The B Team, a coalition of forward-looking business leaders including Sir Richard Branson, and Ratan Tata, have announced a new set of principles and commitments on corporate tax. Despite some notable weaknesses, this initiative raises the bar on what constitutes responsible corporate tax behavior.