Oxfam appoints independent commission to review safeguarding

Oxfam has appointed Zainab Bangura, a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, and Katherine Sierra, a former Vice-President of the World Bank, to co-chair an independent commission to review its culture and safeguarding system. The setting up of an independent commission is one part of the action plan Oxfam announced to minimise the risk of sexual abuse and root it out wherever it occurs. The international agency today also announced additional progress on several other fronts. The commission has been formed in response to concerns about the way Oxfam…

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Charities and ethics – when charities fall short

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for charities worldwide with some truly horrifying reports being made into the actions of several large and respected charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children and even the UN. Reports include the widespread use of sex workers, and the trade of sex for aid. We, quite rightly, hold our charities to higher standards than most businesses, and we wouldn’t tolerate this from anyone so it seems even more shocking when it involves charities. I think this proves there needs to be a fundamental shift…

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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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