Oxfam has been severely criticised by the Charity Commission for the way it dealt with claims of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. Helen Evans was Oxfam's global head of safeguarding between 2012 and 2015. She says she was brushed off by both Oxfam and the Charity Commission when she raised concerns about allegations of misconduct by Oxfam staff in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Photo: A woman walks past an Oxfam sign in a camp for displaced people, Haiti, 2018 Credit: Reuters
The former head of safeguarding at Oxfam hopes the report into the charity will be a wake-up call.
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Changes to laws in the Crown dependencies will not guarantee significantly more tax is paid in the European Union or in developing countries, Oxfam has warned.
In its report Not Enough Substance?, the charity has assessed the effectiveness of the changes aimed at stopping profits being artificially routed to "UK-linked tax havens".
Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man changed their tax laws in 2018 after pressure from the EU, and were subsequently kept off the bloc's so-called grey and blacklists.
But the report warns companies could still establish a "token" presence in the islands or simply shift profits to other "tax havens".
The effectiveness of the laws also depended on how stringently the rules were interpreted and applied by island governments, and how the EU reacted to their actions, the report states.
A requirement in Jersey to give authorities up to six years to assess whether a company is compliant may result in a "cat-and mouse game", Oxfam warned.
In response to the criticism, Guernsey's chief minister Gavin St Pier said the island had delivered "an effective and proportionate regime".
"Although rather predictably and sadly Oxfam - rather than concentrating on sorting out their own dire reputation and governance and instead of focussing on their core purpose - have found time to use their generous donors' funds to come out this week to criticise the regime's effectiveness, self-evidently, at this stage only three months into a new regime, without any evidence," he said.
The BBC has approached Oxfam for comment.