Goldring resigns as Oxfam CEO

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Oxfam's chief executive, Mark Goldring, has resigned in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal, which hit the charity earlier this year.

The scandal shed light on misconduct by Oxfam staff who had been working in earthquake-hit Haiti and other major disaster zones. The charity was accused of covering up for its staff by failing to be transparent when aid workers were accused of hiring prostitutes while working abroad.

Goldring initially resisted any pressure to step down, claiming he felt the reaction to the revelations was "out of proportion", adding: "The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do? We murdered babies in their cots?”

However, he later apologised for his flippant comments during a hearing with MPs, where he revealed the scale of the impact on the charity's reputation and income.

Goldring has now announced he will step down from his position, but stating he feels "proud" of Oxfam's work over the past few years.

"But I think the time is coming for a new leader. Following the very public exposure of Oxfam’s past failings, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Oxfam is a safe and respectful place for all who have contact with us," he said.

Goldring, who first joined Oxfam in the 1990s as a country director, will officially leave his post when a new chief executive for Oxfam is appointed. He was been the charity's CEO since 2013.

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