Charity’s corporate partners monitoring response to scandal
A number of Oxfam’s corporate partners have said they are looking closely at how the charity has responded to the sex scandal.
Marks & Spencer, Heathrow Airport and Visa are among those listed as supporters, and the charity states on its website: “We couldn’t achieve what we do without our partners.”
A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer, which has run a “Shwopping” partnership with Oxfam since 2008, said the chain is monitoring how the charity is dealing with the situation.
She said: “These are very serious allegations. M&S continues to monitor the situation very closely as we seek to understand the steps that Oxfam is taking to address them and develop a robust safeguarding plan for the future.”
The initiative, allowing people to drop unwanted clothes into M&S shops, has seen more than 28 million garments donated in stores and Oxfam shops, worth an estimated £19m, according to the charity’s website.
Visa, another corporate partner of Oxfam, said: “We are engaged with Oxfam to understand what steps have been taken to address staff misconduct and ensure alignment with our own standards and values.”
Oxfam said the partnership with Visa had “transformed the security, speed and efficiency with which Oxfam can distribute life-saving funds to people affected by natural disaster”.
Heathrow Airport, a partner since 2013, has undertaken various fundraising activities through the years, raising £1 million.
A spokeswoman said in a statement: “We are in touch with the charity and are taking this matter very seriously.”