Julie Webb-Pullman reports

Oxfam accepts resignation of Scarlett Johansson

In a Press Release published on 30 January 2014, Oxfam accepted Scarlett Johansson’s resignation over their mutual conflict of ethics, sorry – interests regarding her promotion of SodaStream. Hey, Oxfam – why didn’t YOU take the initiative?

The text is as follows:

Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions.

While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.

Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.

Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law. Ms. Johansson has worked with Oxfam since 2005 and in 2007 became a Global Ambassador, helping to highlight the impact of natural disasters and raise funds to save lives and fight poverty.
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