Oxfam's chief executive to stand down in wake of sexual abuse scandal

Postado Mai 17, 2018

Oxfam's chief executive has stepped down in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal at the charity.

He also ensured Oxfam improved its safeguarding practices after the sexual abuse case by staff in Haiti in 2011, shortly after a devastating quake in the country, Oxfam said. We are now laying strong foundations for recovery.

"However, what is important in 2019 and beyond is that Oxfam rebuilds and renews in a way that is most relevant for the future and so continues to help as many people as possible around the world build better lives".

Oxfam was rocked by allegations made in February that a number of its staff members, working in Haiti following the 2010 natural disaster, hired prostitutes at the charity's properties there. "I think that this journey will best be led by someone bringing fresh vision and energy and making a long-term commitment to see it through".

In its statement on Wednesday, Oxfam said Goldring, who has been CEO since 2013, oversaw the biggest annual humanitarian response in its history in 2016, covering the refugee crisis as well as conflicts from Yemen and Syria to South Sudan.

That led to many more allegations of abuse coming to light within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, which faced heavy criticism as it was engulfed by the scandal. At the time, Goldring said: "I deeply respect Penny's decision to accept personal responsibility".

Goldring had resisted calls to resign when the crisis hit in February - even after he said in an interview that the outrage was "out of proportion" because Oxfam had not "murdered babies in their cots".

The Oxfam scandal dominated the British national media for days, and attracted global publicity, but a spokeswoman for the charity said his resignation was "absolutely not to do with his handling" of the crisis.

"He rose to the huge challenge and his leadership has been invaluable through it".

But he said at the time he would not step down unless Oxfam's board lost faith in his leadership. Goldring is expected to remain in his post until his successor is found.