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Clothing Brands: The Time to Pay Up Is Now!

You contributed to the collapse. It's time to pay up.Photo Credit: UFCW

It’s been two years since Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh, but still major brands - including Benetton, Mango, Inditex (owner of Zara), Walmart, and JCPenney - have refused to pay full and fair compensation to survivors and the families of victims. Some companies have made partial contributions, but they are far from sufficient.

At least 1,134 garment workers were killed and over 2,500 were injured in what is now known as the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment sector. Many of the injured workers were trapped for days before being rescued, watching helplessly as their friends and colleagues died in front of them.

Many of the survivors are not able to find work, some too disabled by their injuries and others too traumatized. The injured workers and the families who lost loved ones – for many, their only income-earner – are now trying to survive economic impoverishment amidst the pain and trauma.

Twenty-nine clothing brands were identified as having recent or current orders with garment factories in Rana Plaza when it collapsed. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), “each of these brands was a complicit participant in the creation of an environment that ultimately led to the deaths and maiming of thousands of individuals.”

The CCC has been tracking which brands have paid—and which still need to pay up.

Popular and successful brands like Benetton, Mango, Inditex (owner of Zara), Walmart, and JCPenney have refused to pay what they owe. Each of these brands grossed billions of dollars last year, with millions or billions in profit.

Today in Bangladesh, injured workers and families of victims are still awaiting compensation.

Millions of people around the world have come together to hold brands accountable. Will you join us in taking a stand today? It's time for Benetton, Mango, Inditex, Walmart, and JCPenney to pay up!



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