Code of Conduct
New staff are asked to sign Oxfam's Code of Conduct when they receive their contract. They need to understand and comply with the guidance to staff on behaviour that is expected of them as an Oxfam employee in the areas of:
- use of information and resources,
- ensuring the safety, health and welfare of other employees, volunteers and contractors at Oxfam,
- ensuring personal and professional conduct is, and is seen to be, of the highest standard, and in keeping with Oxfam GB's beliefs, values, and aims. This section of the Code of Conduct includes guidance on prevention of sexual exploitation.
- avoiding possible conflicts of interest in your personal life with Oxfam GB's work,
- involvement in criminal activities or activities that compromise Oxfam's work,
- refraining from harassment, discrimination, abuse, intimidation, or sexual exploitation.
Download Oxfam's Code of Conduct (.pdf)
Disclosure of Malpractice in the Workplace Policy
At Oxfam GB, it is vital that everyone who works for us maintains the highest standards of conduct, integrity and ethics, and complies with local legislation. If an employee, volunteer, partner, consultant or contractor has any genuine concerns about malpractice in the workplace, we wish to encourage them to communicate these without fear of reprisals and in the knowledge that they will be protected from victimisation and dismissal.
Download Oxfam's Disclosure of Malpractice in the Workplace Policy (.pdf)
As we have seen in recent days in the media, sexual abuse and harassment is a serious problem in many parts of society. Oxfam is no different.
Oxfam treats all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously and investigates each one thoroughly. We have a confidential 'whistle-blowing' helpline, a dedicated Safeguarding Team, and safeguarding contact points within countries.
In recent years we have worked hard not only to raise awareness amongst staff and improve how we handle complaints but also to change the culture in which we work to prevent the abuse of power in the first place and to support those that speak out.
We encourage people to report wherever they have a concern - and we have seen more people come forward as a result. We believe that only by being open and transparent about the problem can we tackle it. We are committed to continually learning and improving in order to protect our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries from sexual harassment and abuse.
Further information about Oxfam's safeguarding and related policies