Oxfam in the media

As an organisation fighting against poverty and inequality, Oxfam is experiencing some difficult times. We’d like to share this statement with you.

Dear partner,

Disclosures about misconduct and abuse committed by a small group of staff working for the British branch of Oxfam, and the ensuing stream of messages, show an image that absolutely is not in line with the values we stand for.

Even though Oxfam-Wereldwinkels and Oxfam Fair Trade (part of Oxfam-in-Belgium) are not directly involved in this matter, as part of the bigger Oxfam family the scandalous atmosphere of the past few days has its impact on our own operations.

We have already showed our shock and astonishment about these events the last couple of days. We condemn the disclosed facts to the fullest. Meanwhile we don’t want to have our precious operations – for which we fight daily – overshadowed completely by these events.

We will continue to fulfil our mission to give everybody the chance, through our fair trade relations, for a more decent existence. And we want to assure you that we will commit ourselves completely to live up to the confidence you have in our operations, now and in the future.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions or need more clarification.

Thank you very much,

Luc Van Haute
General Director Oxfam-Wereldwinkels / Oxfam Fair Trade

Erik Van den Begin
President Oxfam-Wereldwinkels / Oxfam Fair Trade

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