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Timeline: Rana Plaza’s campaign for compensation

Over a year on from the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh and the campaign for compensation continues. With Matalan’s recent pledge to a three-year partnership (28th July), we take a look at which retailers are paying out, and those yet to cash in.

July 2014:

Matalan receives a social media backlash following the fashion retailer’s refusal to pay into the official Rana Plaza compensation fund. 38 Degrees, an independent campaign group, launches an online petition pressuring Matalan to donate £3million.

Despite rejecting calls to pay into the official fund of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Matalan pledges three-year commitment to Bangladesh charity, The Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Commission (Brac).

With only £9.9million having been contributed to the United Nations-backed Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund, the governments of the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Spain have issued a statement urging companies to “immediately donate generously.”

June 2014:

UK business minister Jenny Willott writes to the British Retail Consortium asking retailers to produce examples of existing human rights reporting measures, in the fight to eliminate forced labour and dangerous working conditions.

April 2014:

Rana Plaza compensation fund fails to reach half its target. Pressure groups have called for retailers that had floor space in the Rana Plaza factory to donate £23.8 million, however only £9.9 million has been raised so far – more than half of which came from Primark.

All victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, or their families, receive the first tranche of compensation by the anniversary of the disaster (24th April).

March 2014:

Ahead of the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Primark pledges a further £6 million in compensation.

October 2013:

While the long-term plans are finalised, Primark has committed to a further three months of short-term aid, on top of the six months wages already paid.

June 2013:

Primark donates $1 million (£640,000) towards food distribution and short-term financial aid in Bangladesh, following the Rana Plaza factory collapse. The retailer registered 4,000 workers or their dependents in order to secure financial aid equivalent to three months’ wages.

May 2013:

Benetton and Mango are targeted by protestors, calling for compensation for the Rana Plaza victims. Campaigners have called for both retailers to offer full compensation, after labels linking them to the factory were found in the rubble.

Despite earlier claims it would wait until it had established which workers were employed by which suppliers, Primark states its intention to provide short-term financial aid to all workers at the factory in Bangladesh.

Value retailer Bonmarche becomes the latest retailer to commit assistance to the victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse.


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