Following the Rana Plaza collapse Bangladesh in 2013, negotiations between clothing companies, factory owners, labor groups and the Bangladesh government have resulted in the “Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.” The disaster claimed over 1,100 lives and was the greatest disaster the industry has seen thus far. The fund aims to raise $40 million to compensate survivors, those who were injured, and families of the dead for their lost wages, medical expenses, and other expenses. Thus far, the first five groups to contribute to the fund are El Corte Inglés, Inditex, (which includes Zara), Loblaw, Mango, and Mascot. Labor groups continue to put further pressure on companies like Walmart and Primark, whose brands were also linked to Rana Plaza, to contribute to the fund. Ineke Zeldenrust, international coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign, said that, in order to reach the fund’s goal of $40 million, it is vital that companies and individuals – even those not linked to Rana Plaza – get involved.
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