Oxfam Chief Executive quits after staff impropriety scandal

Oxfam Chief Executive quits after staff impropriety scandal

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring will stand down from his post after claims of staff sexual misconduct rocked the firm earlier this year.

Goldring was criticised for his handling of a scandal which centred on claims that aid workers used prostitutes after the Haitian earthquake in 2010. There were further claims that workers who had previously been investigated for their conduct were being re-deployed.

The charity made high-profile news stories after several staff members were accused of using prostitutes in Haiti following the earthquake which devastated the country. Paying for sex is illegal in Haiti and against Oxfam’s code of conduct.

Three men resigned while four men were sacked during Oxfam’s own review. However, the British charity was accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims that staff were sexually exploiting earthquake victims.

“This was not a cover-up. Oxfam treats any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously."

In response to accusations of a cover-up, Oxfam told The Telegraph: “A number of staff were dismissed as a result of the investigation and others left the organisation before it was completed. The country director took full responsibility for events that took place under his management and was permitted to resign on the basis that he fully cooperated with and supported the investigation."

Goldring also denied there had been a cover-up and also said he would not step down unless the charity's Board lost faith in his leadership. However, he has now said someone else should “rebuild” the charity.

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The outgoing Executive had previously appeared in front of MPs for the actions of staff and also for his own comment to the Guardian that the charity was being attacked as if it had "murdered babies in their cots".

An Oxfam spokeswoman said his resignation was "absolutely not to do with his handling" of the crisis.

He will continue to lead the charity until a successor is found.

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