Amnesty International will lose most of its senior leadership team after a report said it had a “toxic” workplace. According to one survey, one in three workers say that they’ve been treated poorly at work since 2017.
The human rights organisation’s secretary-general, Kumi Naidoo, ordered an independent review after two employees killed themselves last year. In the review, one staff member described Amnesty as having “a toxic culture of secrecy and mistrust”.
The report also pointed to an “us versus them” dynamic between employees and management. “Across many interviews, the word ‘toxic’ was used to describe the Amnesty work culture as far back as the 1990s. So were the phrases ‘adversarial’, ‘lack of trust’, and ‘bullying’,” the report said.