Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Global Clothiers Contribute to Bangladesh Disaster Fund

From Bangladesh Garment Workers
The New York Times reports:

ROME — Five global clothing brands and retailers on Sunday became the first contributors to a new fund raising $40 million for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, and activists are campaigning to pressure other brands to also make donations.

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building on April 24, killing more than 1,100 workers, was the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry... Compensating the victims has been an especially complicated issue, involving months of negotiations among clothing companies, labor groups, Bangladesh’s government and Bangladeshi factory owners. Those negotiations produced the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which on Sunday night reported the names of the first five companies to contribute: El Corte Inglés; Inditex, which includes the brand Zara; Loblaw; Mango; and Mascot.

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