Kenya: Oserian responds to criticism

"We were in shock and dismayed by a story published in the Saturday Standard of September 22, titled ‘Blooms of Death; Flowers rake billions at the cost of poor workers’ lives’ with a sidebar titled ‘Doctors warned me against going back to the flower farm’", writes Mary Kinyua, Director, Human Resources and Administration at Oserian Development Company, in an article for The Standard.

"Our key concern is portraying us as an irresponsible company and being used to validate the report used as source of the information. The damage that can arise from such gross misrepresentation of our business is unimaginable. Your reporters should have exhausted all possible avenues to seek clarification on the falsehoods reported, with full knowledge of the consequences to both the Standard Group and Oserian Development Company.

"Consequently, we wish to put the record straight regarding the inaccuracy of the information as presented and the cost such reports visit on a company built on ethos for nearly 50 years. We have documentary and physical proof that your article is a gross misrepresentation of Oserian Development Company, and especially the medical history of our employee Janeclare Oloo whose illness has absolutely nothing to do with agrochemicals or working in a flower farm."

Read the full response from Oserian here.

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