18 December 2023

Congress Calls out DFC on Employee Mistreatment

Last week, Congressional Labor Caucus co-chairs, Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Steven Horsford (D-NV), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) called on U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) CEO Scott Nathan to address allegations of retaliation against DFC employees for whistleblowing and labor organizing. Retaliation against whistleblowers at the DFC is detailed in a September 2023 DFC Office of Inspector General report, which also substantiates employee concerns about the appearance of conflicts of interest and improper hiring processes.

Accountability Counsel has long advocated for DFC and other DFIs to conduct its work according to the highest standards. DFCs investments are required to uphold high standards on workers’ rights. The corporation should respect the rights of its own employees as well, and employees should feel empowered to raise concerns about its operations, including projects that may harm local communities and the environment. DFC should maintain a culture that encourages employees to speak up so that DFC’s investments meet their mark and do not cause unintended harm. We echo the calls for DFC to ensure a safe working environment.