Statement from Primark on the anniversary of Rana Plaza
23 April 2014
On April 24th last year, the Rana Plaza building in Savar, near Dhaka, in Bangladesh collapsed. The building contained several factories which manufactured garments for some 28 brands. One of these factories was supplying Primark. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this disaster, and their families.
In the last 12 months Primark has worked with local partners in Bangladesh on a programme of support and compensation for victims. We would like to thank our partners for their expertise and commitment in helping Primark to develop and deliver this programme. The company has also participated fully in the industry’s response to begin steps to make garment manufacturing safer in future.
The company’s actions to date include:
- Long-term compensation and support services for the workers and families who were working in the factory that produced garments for Primark, equivalent to $9.0m. Payments began in March 2014, and are expected to be completed by the end of June 2014.
- Short-term financial assistance to 3639 workers and their families, equivalent to nine months’ salary.
- An additional $1.0 million payment made to non-Primark supply chain workers to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.
- Building surveys in Bangladesh to assess the structural integrity of factories from which we source garments. All surveys were completed by the end of March 2014.
- Signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
- Emergency food aid to over 1265 households for five weeks.
- Support for workers who remained in hospital or were receiving medical treatment.
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