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19 Feb 2015

Sarah Butler, Guardian (UK)

Benetton faces renewed pressure to contribute to Rana Plaza victims' fund

Benetton is facing renewed pressure to contribute to a compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in which more than 1,100 people died. Almost 1 million people have signed a petition on Avaaz, the campaigning site, calling on the Italian fashion company to contribute $5m (£3.25m) into a fund backed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a UN agency....[T]he fund remains $9m short of the $30m required to fully compensate victims and their families... Benetton has so far held back from contributing to the ILO-backed scheme. The company chose to back a separate victim support scheme led by Brac, a Bangladeshi development organisation, saying wanted to move quickly to support those affected...Campaigners are also calling on retailers that have made only small donations to the fund, such as US chains Walmart and the Children’s Place, as well as the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s Fund to contribute more to the compensation fund....The biggest contributor is Primark [part of Associated British Foods]...