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Bonmarche pledges help to Bangladesh victims as EU wades in

Value retailer Bonmarche has become the latest retailer to commit to offer assistance to victims of the Bangladesh factory disaster.

Bonmarche was among those to have used suppliers based at the Rana Plaza factory that collapsed last week, killing more than 380 people and injuring a further 1,000.

This morning it released a statement saying: ““We are deeply concerned about the events which took place in Dhaka and at this time we are still gathering the necessary information from Bangladesh in order to make an informed decision on how we can best provide both practical and financial assistance to those affected.”

The retailer had previously pledged to review its supply chain “to ensure our customers can have absolute confidence that the clothes we sell are produced without risk to those making them”.

Primark and Matalan – which was not using the factory at the time it collapsed - have both already said they would provide compensation to those affected by the tragedy.

Meanwhile the European Union has waded into the issue, releasing a statement that said it was “very concerned” about working conditions in Bangladesh.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and trade commissioner Karel de Gucht published a joint statement saying they were considering “appropriate action” to “incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries”.


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