Oxfam announces comprehensive action plan to stamp out abuse

In the wake of the scandals which have shook the whole third sector Oxfam has announced a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organisation and stamp out abuse, including asking leading women’s rights experts to lead an urgent independent review of its culture and practices. The plan was agreed yesterday by Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima in partnership with Oxfam GB Chief Executive Mark Goldring and directors across the international confederation. The wide-ranging package of measures includes: a new independent High-Level Commission on Sexual Misconduct,…

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Celebrities do good to feel good in volunteer shift for Oxfam

Oxfam have been in the news for many of the wrong reasons lately, but it is important to remember that these are the actions of a few people and that the majority of what the charity do is good, positive and important. Their reputation is rightly tarnished and there must be investigations into not just how this happened but the cover ups that came with it, but I still feel the vast majority of what they do is as a force for good and we should not forget that even…

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Kate Moss showcases Oxfam’s sustainable and affordable fashion

Two of the biggest names in fashion, Kate Moss and David Bailey, joined forces to showcase Oxfam’s sustainable and affordable fashion. Kate is wearing an outfit chosen from over 136,000 items in Oxfam’s Online Shop. The outfit, together with all the others chosen for the shoot sold out in a matter of hours after appearing in the online shop.  The online shop, the UK’s biggest online charity shop, recently reported that sales had jumped by one third over the Christmas period with Burberry, Barbour, Gucci, Whistles and Boden among the…

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Some thoughts about ethical marketing and politics

There’s a few interesting questions with regards to politics and ethical marketing. I think, as an industry that marketing tends to be apolitical, as are many businesses after all you need customers and often their politics needn’t come into it. Arguably ignoring politics can come back and bite you though I have seen an argument that the downfall of Bell Pottinger was based on their choice to ignore politics. There are a few interesting questions that come up when you are working to be an ethical marketer. There are the…

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Musicians dig up forgotten tracks as part of Oxfam Vinyl Players Campaign

Belle and Sebastian have dug out and played their favourite vinyl discoveries on a recent shopping trip to their local Oxfam shop. In the Oxfam Byres Road music shop in Glasgow, Belle and Sebastian’s Richard and Chris say they have been regular customers and donors to the store for years. Chris was on the lookout for 7″ singles to play at his regular DJ night, as his collection is currently in storage due to lack of space in his flat. He said: “I need to think about downsizing my collection…

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