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U2 singer Bono says sorry over claims charity staff were bullied

U2 singer Bono says sorry over claims charity staff were bullied U2 singer Bono says sorry over claims charity staff were bullied
Anna Jefferson | 12 March, 2018, 13:26

ONE describes itself as a campaigning and advocacy organisation taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Smith continued: "The overall evidence from our investigation was sufficient for me to conclude that we needed to own an institutional failure".

Bono has issued an apology, after it was claimed that workers at the charity he co-founded were subject to bullying and abuse.

"We are only as good as our people and our values", she continues, concluding by thanking the employees who came forward "to bring this to our attention and demand that we do better".

The Irishman's statement comes after a report by the Mail on Sunday which detailed a string of incidents, including allegations from a woman who says she was demoted after refusing to "become intimate" with a Tanzanian MP.

Examples included instances of name-calling and forced labor, including one manager who put her junior staffers to work on domestic tasks at her house. The charity then opened an investigation.

In a letter posted on the group's website, ONE Campaign CEO Gayle Smith said that an internal investigation into harassment and abuse allegations revealed an "institutional failure" within the organization.

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The company has also discovered that its African wing was not paying taxes between 2010 and 2015, but was instead a "non-resident taxpayer".

Smith would not confirm if the official was from Tanzania.

The allegation that a woman was "demoted because she did not become intimate" with a foreign government official could not be corroborated, the statement said, though is not discounted. "The investigation also found the situation was not adequately addressed nor resolved by executive management at the time, and that ONE's board was not, in my view, properly or fully informed".

Other prominent members of the charity's board include former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer. In November previous year, a group of former employees tweeted allegation of misconduct from members of senior staff from their office in Johannesburg.

A high-ranking Unicef official, Justin Forsyth, resigned in February after he was accused of misconduct against female employees while he worked for another charity organization, Save the Children.

The U2 star added, "In fact, if they would agree, I would like to meet them and apologise in person".

"My team and I heard concerns about low morale and poor management in this office but nothing along the lines of what emerged recently".

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