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Company Response

25 Sep 2015


KiK's response

We refer to your letter dated September 10, 2015, in which you describe your concerns regarding the approach of our company with respect to the tragic consequences of the factory fire at Ali Enterprises in September 2012. At several occasions, we have already expressed our regret and compassion for the victims and survivors. We may once again draw attention to the fact that KiK was the first party to provide substantial financial support immediately after the incident. In a non-bureaucratic procedure, KiK has made available assistance for the victims amounting to one million US dollar. In addition, KiK has approached PILER to deal with the situation on the ground independently. The parties have agreed to act in KiK’s sense and continue negotiations with all involved stakeholders. This was supposed to happen with regard to the participation of the government, the employer, the audit institutes and other possible buyers of Ali Enterprises. To our knowledge, in the meantime, some of these parties have made payments to the victims and their families as well. Instead of opening negotiations with all parties, PILER has only called on KiK to pay a million lump sum for long-term compensation. We have asked several times for the calculation basis of such a claim, however, there was no willingness to do so until today. In addition, we have asked to provide transparency about the allocation of the disbursed funds and again, have not received anything so far...