Clothing firms Joe Fresh and Primark to compensate victims of Bangladesh building collapse

Joe Fresh in New York/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

Just a few hours ago TreeHugger covered the building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh in From Bangladesh to Joe Fresh is not a long way these days. Loblaw, the owner of Joe Fresh, and Primark of the UK, the only two major companies to admit to manufacturing clothing in the building, are going to compensate the families of the victims. According to the Globe and Mail,

“We will be providing compensation for the families of the victims who worked for our supplier,” said Loblaw spokeswoman Julija Hunter. “We are working to ensure that we will deliver support in the best and most meaningful way possible, and with the goal of ensuring that victims and their families receive benefits now and in the the future.”

Primark in the UK, also owned by the Weston Family that owns Loblaw, issued their own statement:

“Primark will also pay compensation to the victims of this disaster who worked for its supplier. This will include the provision of long-term aid for children who have lost parents, financial aid for those injured and payments to the families of the deceased.”

Good for them for a) admitting the relationship and b) doing something about it. That's corporate responsibility.

Tags: Bangladesh | Developing Nations