OXFAM has been rolling out a new internal Code of Conduct to prevent and manage workplace harassment and sexual harassment, and to firm up the organisations culture and give a more unified guidance of behaviour to employees and volunteers. In 2018 we were asked to deliver a workshop to the OXFAM International EU Advocacy office on the new Code of Conduct and the Belgian legal context on wellbeing at work.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries to end poverty. Oxfam International’s European Union office in Brussels works to influence key decision-makers to ensure that EU policies affecting poor countries have a far reaching, positive impact on the lives of those most in need.
Following a crisis within Oxfam, that unfolded in early 2018, a change management team was put in charge of revising the internal policies and processes of safeguarding, preventing and managing risks of harassment and sexual harassment, as well as revising the Code of Conduct. All Oxfam affiliates (country offices worldwide) were instructed to hire an external trainer to deliver the Code of Conduct workshop. In addition, the Oxfam International EU Advocacy office was also looking into complying with the Belgian legislation on wellbeing at work, and were looking for a consultant familiar with the issues.
The Oxfam EU Advocacy office were looking for a consultancy/trainer to deliver the following:
"For the afternoon session there was a lot of interest and excitement for the dilemma cases that you have prepared – we have all enjoyed the group discussions and the fact that the whole team was able to put on the table important unsolved issues that we have in our organisation."
Feedback from Oxfam EU Office staff