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Rana Plaza two years on: Progress, but compensation and workers' rights still lacking

A Bangladeshi woman looks at portraits of missing_Photo Credit Associated Press Ashraful Alam Tito

On 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza building collapse killed over 1100 garment workers and left 2000 injured.  The second anniversary has seen NGOs and investors urge companies to address a 6$m shortfall in compensation for victims.  Human Rights Watch has highlighted the harassment and intimidation of workers who form trade unions - it urges the government to enforce the labour law and protect workers' right to freedom of association.

What progress has been made since the disaster, and what still remains to be done?  Find out from a range of perspectives below.  For a good summary, see this article by Lydia DePillis in Washington Post.

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Article
25 March 2015

Brands told to honour commitments to Rana Plaza victims

Author: www.fibre2fashion.com

According to Clean Clothes Campaign, so far $21.5 million has been paid into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund through contributions from buyers, the Bangladesh Prime Ministers Fund and other private donors. It said all contributions are used exclusively to make payments to Rana Plaza victims and their families and that at least $30 million is needed to cover compensation claims and that to date claimants have only received a maximum of 70 per cent of what they are owed.
“Further payments have been delayed as a result of the failure of brands to pay the $8.5 million needed to complete the scheme. 

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Article
25 March 2015

Could social impact bonds strengthen building & fire safety in Bangladesh's garment factories?

Author: Motoko Aizawa, Daily Star

...Governments and public-private partnerships are...applying bond proceeds to achieve various humanitarian and social outcomes...Social impact investing encompasses a wide range of financing structures applied for desirable social outcomes via various channels of impact capital...Dhaka Bonds seem like a particularly attractive option...The way forward for Bangladesh building and fire safety is to come up with an innovative structure involving public actors (e.g., the Government of Bangladesh, City of Dhaka, donors) and private ones (e.g., the brands, service delivery or implementation organisations) with help from development finance experts and an intermediary organisation...The key is to identify the specific social outcomes that must be achieved by the financing, and to create a programme structure for administering the funds in a way that is most efficient and effective.

Article
23 March 2015

UNI Global Union, IndustriALL Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign urge brands to contribute to the compensation fund before second anniversary of Rana Plaza building collapse

Author: Clean clothes Campaign

With one month to go before the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster the three organisations…UNI Global Union, IndustriALL Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign…negotiating on behalf of the victims – are ramping up demands on global brands linked to the disaster to fill an USD 8.5million gap in the funding needed to deliver full and fair compensation to each of the over 5,000 individuals with eligible claims….Amongst the worst offenders is Benetton, who is yet to pay a penny into the Fund. Others including Walmart, Mango and The Children's Place are being singled out for making donations that fall far short of expectations. Other companies still to pay the required amount include Lee Cooper, JC Penny, Matalan and Kik.

 

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Article
23 March 2015

BSCI, ETI and SAI Urge Bangladeshi Partners for Final Contribution to Rana Plaza Arrangement

Author: BSCI, ETI & SAI

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Social Accountability International (SAI) urge Bangladeshi public and private partners to urgently make a contribution under the Rana Plaza Arrangement in order to complete the existing funding gap and fully compensate the victims of this tragedy...We commend those companies sourcing from Rana Plaza that have already contributed to the Trust Fund. However, we urgently call on those brands and retailers sourcing from Rana Plaza that haven’t done so yet to step up.

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Article
23 March 2015

Rana Plaza fund call grow as anniversary nears

Author: Michelle Russel, www.just-style.com

With one month to gobefore the second anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster, in which 1,138 workers died and thousands more were injured, three organizations negotiating victims' compensation have joined forces to launch a countdown campaign.

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Article
14 March 2015

Donor Trust Fund as of 31 March 2015

Author: Rana Plaza Arrangement

As of 13 March 2015, the amounts received by the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund have totalled US$12,691,344. The fixed pledges are now at approximately US $ 100,000 with a number of further pledges still under consideration. Direct payments to beneficiaries under the coordinated scheme are expected to be recognized at US$ 8,780,857. This brings the current total now available for awards to around US$ 21,572,000. The amount currently estimated for all beneficiaries is US $ 30 million.

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