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Bangladesh: Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse - media coverage, commentaries, company responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 26 April 2013

[Compilation of coverage, commentaries on the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building, 24 April 2013, in which over 1,100 people died. The building housed Phantom Apparels Ltd., New Wave Style Ltd and New Wave Brothers Ltd, which supplied major brands. NGOs and trade unions called on brands to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, which had previously been signed by PVH and Tchibo. On 13 April, C&A, H&M, Inditex, Primark and Tesco announced that they would join the agreement then others followed - by 16 May over 30 brands had signed on. The Resource Centre invited some brands to respond to the calls for them to join the agreement [status of responses as of 27 May 2012]: Benetton (sent a response & has joined the agreement); Bonmarche (sent a response, has not yet joined the agreement); Carrefour (joined the agreement); Cato Fashions (did not respond); Children’s Place (has not yet responded); El Corte Ingles (joined the agreement); H&M (sent a response & has joined the agreement); Gap (has not yet joined the agreement); Walmart (sent a response, has not yet joined the agreement); Joe Fresh (sent a response, has not yet joined the agreement); Mango (sent a response, has joined the agreement); Primark (sent a response & has joined the agreement)]

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Related companies: Benetton Bonmarché (part of Sun Capital Partners) C&A Cato Children's Place Dress Barn Joe Fresh (part of Loblaw Companies) KiK Mango Next Primark (part of Associated British Foods) Sun European Partners (part of Sun Capital Partners) Walmart