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Oxfam in Haiti - Wall mural incorporating the Oxfam logo

Charity Commission’s Oxfam Inquiry

“No charity is more important than the people it serves or the mission it pursues”, reports the Charity Commission in its damning verdict of its inquiry into Oxfam GB.

The Charity Commission has published a critical report on Oxfam GB regarding the Oxfam Haiti scandal, finding that aspects of the charity’s past record on safeguarding amount to mismanagement, and requires regulatory action. The regulator found a culture of "tolerating poor behaviour" at Oxfam GB and concludes the charity “failed to meet promises made”.

The charity regulator has issued an official warning to Oxfam GB, with trustees ordered to submit an action plan by the end of June, setting out how the charity will implement outstanding actions and recommendations required by the commission.

Charities are being warned that no charity is more important than the people it serves or the mission it pursues, and that all are judged on their actions, not their words. The regulator found that Oxfam GB repeatedly fell below standards expected, and concludes that it failed to meet promises made on safeguarding, ultimately letting everyone down.

The inquiry, launched in February 2018, found the charity failed to heed warnings, including from its own staff, that its culture and response around keeping people safe was inadequate, and made commitments to safeguarding that were not matched by its actions.

The report, which takes into account over 7,000 items of evidence, examines the charity’s handling of events in Haiti, and separately its more recent record on protecting people, including its beneficiaries, volunteers and staff, from harm.

It concludes that some of the charity’s failings and shortcomings amount to mismanagement, and the Commission have used its powers to issue Oxfam GB with an Official Warning, and Directions under Section 84 of the Charities Act 2011.

Read: Gov.uk - Charity Commission reports on inquiry into Oxfam GB: “No charity is more important than the people it serves or the mission it pursues”