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28 Mar 2014

Steven Greenhouse, The New York times

3 Retailers Give Aid to Bangladesh Workers [Bangladesh]

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Walmart, Gap and Children’s Place...became the first three United States companies to contribute toward a $40 million fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory…Those retailers made their donations indirectly through BRAC, a Bangladeshi humanitarian relief group…contributors to the fund include El Corte Inglés, Inditex, Loblaw, Mango and Primark…Walmart said that it, along with the Walmart Foundation and Asda, a British supermarket subsidiary, had contributed $3 million to BRAC…Bill Chandler, a Gap spokesman, said…donation by...Gap Foundation was just one action of many to see lasting change occur in Bangladesh...Children’s Place issued a statement...its donation to aid the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy is incremental to the company’s ongoing work and contributions to realize a safer workplace for Bangladesh garment industry workers....clean clothes campaign...said...group would campaign in France, Italy and Germany this week to press Benetton, Carrefour and other retailers to contribute to the fund. Primark...has pledged more than $7 million to help Rana Plaza victims.