EU countries call for increased compensation for victims of Rana Plaza building collapse

Governments from European countries have used a session at the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct to call on garment companies who sourced from the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh to fund compensation to victims of the building's collapse one year ago. The message came in a joint statement from the governments of France, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Spain, made by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, at an international Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) meeting in Paris last week.

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7 July 2014

Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD advice on role of OECD & National Contact Points for compensating victims of Rana Plaza building collapse

Author: I. Zeldenrust J. Wilde Ramsing Drew, K, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and OECD Watch

"Compensating the Victims of Rana Plaza - What Role for the OECD and the National Contact Points?" June 2014

Ministers…in line with the State duty to protect against business-related human rights abuses, which includes providing access to effective remedy…should…make a statement setting out their collective commitment to work with brands linked to Rana Plaza, as well as brands with significant ties to Bangladesh, to resolve the funding crisis and meet the Trust Fund target…The European Commission and the United States should use the upcoming one year anniversary…of the eu-bangladesh-united states “sustainability compact for continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the ready Made Garment and Knitwear Industry in bangladesh” and the review of its accompanying ‘roadmap’…NCPs as State-based non-judicial grievance mechanisms should be capable of providing access to effective remedy… further… effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises… Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct should…Ensure that the planned proactive agenda project on Human rights Due Diligence in the Textile and Garment sector avoids replicating the failed corporate auditing of the past. 

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6 July 2014

Statement by governments urging companies to compensate Rana Plaza victims

Author: Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands, Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for the Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Affairs, France, Mogens Jensen, Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Denmark, Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development, United Kingdom, Federica Guidi, Minister for Economic Development, Italy, Jaime García-Legaz, Secretary of State for Trade, Spain

“Final statement on compensation Rana Plaza victims” 26 June 2014

…7 governments agreed to the statement on compensation for Rana Plaza: France, Italy, Denmark, UK, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands….Governments strongly recommend International Companies contribute to Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund…Acknowledging the major efforts of the international community, sourcing brands and retailers, the ILO, the EU,  the governments, the employers and many local stakeholders in Bangladesh for providing assistance to the victims…also urge the Government of Bangladesh and the BGMEA to increase their contribution and ensure their public accountability. 

 

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1 July 2014

Government ministers from seven European countries urge companies to compensate Rana Plaza victims

Author: Sarah Butler, Guardian

“European ministers urge companies to compensate Rana Plaza victims” 26 June 2014

Government ministers from seven European countries including the UK, France, Germany and Italy have joined together to ramp up pressure on clothing brands to pay compensation to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse…A statement agreed at a forum on responsible business conduct organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said ministers regretted that some companies whose clothes had been produced in the building where over 1,100 people died had not paid into an International Labour Organisation-backed compensation fund… also urged the government of Bangladesh and the local factory owners association to increase their contributions to the fund and "ensure their public accountability.

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