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29 Jul 2014

Guardian (UK)

Bangladesh: Matalan chooses not to donate to ILO-backed Rana Plaza compensation fund; says it has funded another scheme

"Matalan fails to contribute to Rana Plaza trust fund as deadline looms", 28 Jul 2014

Matalan is the only major British retailer not to have donated money to the UN-backed fund to compensation the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse...according to the campaign group 38 Degrees...The company...said it...had chosen to fund a different scheme...Matalan said it had committed to giving 100% of the money it made from its clothes made in Rana Plaza to the BRAC fund, but given that it received only an "initial pilot shipment" of clothes from the factory, it was unlikely to have made very much money from garments produced there..."We have visited the area several times to see the work that BRAC is doing on the ground in Bangladesh, including providing essential medical care and helping people build a self-sufficient future, providing counselling where it is needed..." David Babbs, the executive director of 38 Degrees, said: "...that's no substitute for the proper compensation it owes to the survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster...[Also refers to Asda, Associated British Foods, Benetton, Bonmarché (part of Sun Capital Partners), C&A, Debenhams, Gap, H&M, Inditex, Loblaw, Mango, N Brown, Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Sun Capital Partners, Walmart, Zara (part of Inditex)]