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Benetton to contribute to Rana Plaza fund

Benetton Group has agreed to contribute an unspecified amount to the compensation fund for the victims of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory disaster, which killed 1,100 people nearly two years ago.

The retailer said it was working with “an independent, globally-recognised third party” to work out its “fair and equitable” share of compensation to the fund. The amount will be revealed before April 24, the second anniversary of the factory collapse.

The move follows a petition on campaigning site Avaaz calling on Benetton to contribute to the fund. More than one million people have signed the campaign in less than two weeks. Campaigners are hoping the brand will pay the further $9m (£5.8m) needed to meet the $30m (£19.5m) total required to fully compensate victims and their families.  

Benetton is the last of the major retailers who used the Rana Plaza factory to donate to the fund. Primark, the biggest contributor, has paid out a total of $12m (£7.8m) in support for victims, $8m (£5.2m) of which counted as part of the official fund. It began making payments directly to workers more than a year ago.

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