It is almost one year since Rana Plaza collapsed and 1,138 people lost their lives and over 2,000 more were injured. Nothing can replace the loved ones lost, or erase the trauma both physical and mental suffered by the survivors, but they should not have to have the extra burden of not having their financial losses at least covered.
The Rana Plaza Arrangement is an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs.
US$40 million is needed in the Arrangement Trust fund by April 24th to ensure payments can be made. We are calling on all brands to pay up immediately. Join us in calling on brands to act.
Which brands have contributed to the fund?
To date the Donor Trust Fund has received just 1/3 of the funds it needs to be able to ensure all the families of victims and the survivors receive the compensation they require. Just half the companies who were connected to factories in the building have made contributions, they include:
Bonmarché, C&A Foundation, Camaïeu, El Corte Inglés, Inditex, KiK, Loblaw, LPP S.A., Mango, Mascot, Premier Clothing, Primark and Walmart and The Children’s Place through BRAC USA.
But nearly all of these brands have failed to make a significant enough contribution and we are calling on them to increase their donations immediately.
N Brown Group, VF Corporation and The Gap have also made contributions as brands who source from Bangladesh, but had not had a sourcing relationship with Rana Plaza.
After Benetton products were found buried in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building last year, the company denied all knowledge of the factory, until photos of their labels in the rubble were shown widely by the international media. For over six months they refused to take any responsibility for compensation until in September, they agreed to join a committee set up to design and implement compensation for workers. Two months later they walked away from the process and to date have refused to respond to campaigners demanding action.
Now, almost a year after the horrific Rana Plaza disaster Benetton has yet to contribute a cent to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund, which is collecting contributions to cover compensation for the injured workers and the families of those killed.