The lead singer of U2, Bono has apologised after claims of intimidation and abuse, emerged in One, the charity that he co-founded.
Among the allegations that a worker was demoted after refusing to “become intimate” with a foreign government official.
The wife of the manager, according to reports, “sexist and suggestive comments” about her to the official.
Bond told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: “We are all deeply sad. I hate the bullying, can’t stand”.
The newspaper said that the charity publicly admitted the issues hours after they have been sent a long list of complaints at the end of an investigation, with the purpose of leaving A comment.
The statement of the charity’s CEO, Gayle Smith, said the former employees had been notified to the organization earlier this week about the pending legal action on his complaints.
He said: “historical problems” of abuse emerged in November when some former employees of its office in Johannesburg, told their stories on social media.
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“The research yielded evidence of unprofessional conduct and, in particular, what I would characterize as bullying and belittling of staff between late 2011 and 2015, in our office in Johannesburg,” Ms Smith said.
“The staff were called names, and some said that her manager put them to work on the chores in your house,” she added.
The complaint involves a woman who refused to “become intimate” with the foreign official could not be corroborated, the statement said – but Ms Smith said it was not being discounted.
In addition, the company said it had discovered that its African wing was non-payment of taxes between 2010 and 2015, but was instead a “non-resident taxpayer”.
Ms Smith was not CEO at the time of the alleged offences.
She said that the investigation revealed “institutional failure” and that she had apologised to former employees who agreed to talk with her.
Bono, for his part, spoke with the Mail on Sunday about its investigation, saying that he was left” reeling and furious” when he learned of the allegations in the month of November.
“My team and I heard the concerns about low morale and the poor management of this office, but nothing along the lines of what emerged recently,” he said.
“The head of the office was not able to protect the employees and I need to take part of the responsibility,” he told the Mail, adding that he would like to find the victims to apologize in person.
Other prominent members of the charity board to include the former Prime Minister of the uk David Cameron and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief of operations.
The charity was founded in 2004 and says that his goal is to fight “extreme poverty”. Its sister organization, Red, was founded two years later, and raises funds through the sale of the brand of luxury products, including Apple computers.