The textile industry is a mea culpa. Two signs are committed Monday to pay compensation to the victims of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. One of the first to be confirmed working with garment factories destroyed, the British Primark, said in a communiqué1 his local team "working on the establishment of an immediate and sustainable assistance to disaster victims." Specifically, the group made contact with a local NGO to provide "emergency food stocks' families and account" payment of compensation ", the amount is not disclosed. These funds will be paid to "children who have lost their parents," the "wounded" and "families of deceased workers."
While a demonstration was held in front of one of its stores in London 2dimanche, Primark will not pay alone. The group urged other retailers who use subcontractors collapsed building "unfold and offer their help." In the process, Loblaw first food retail group in Canada, recognized to be related to the accident through its subsidiary cheap Joe Fresh clothing and promised financial support to victims. "We are in the process of finalizing the contours," he says in a communiqué3. Like Primark, the Spanish retailer Mango admitted view past orders for 25,000 items from suppliers Rana Plaza in the early hours of the tragedy, but added that they were samples. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign4 Association, based in Amsterdam, the British and Spanish Bonmarché Corte Ingles also revealed their links with these workshops. Other companies that were suspected weekend5 including Carrefour brand Tex, C & A, Benetton or Wal-Mart, but denied.
The financial challenge of responsible production
While the drama was over 380 dead and thousands injured, about 3,000 people employed in the building, the pressure rises on the western textile giants. They are charged to enjoy a local labor at low cost without always ensure checks (security, social and production) on site cash advance flexible payments. In Bangladesh, where wages revolve around 30 euros per month, the union of textile workers (National Garment Workers' Federation) launched a petition 6to force the industry – and spéficiquement Primark, Matalan and Mango – to compensate victims. The text has collected nearly 64,000 signatures to date. "The negligence must stop. The deaths of these workers could have been avoided if these groups had taken the protection of workers seriously, "says Amirul Haque Amin, president of the union. The collapse of the Rana Plaza is the latest in a long list of industrial accidents that have killed more than 1,000 workers in Bangladesh since 2005, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 7, which had a mission support at the scene of the disaster.
Most multinationals have yet signed codes of conduct intended to ensure that their products are made in responsible and ethical conditions, both on the front of the environment on the working conditions of employees. Primark, for example, is a signatory to the Code of Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) 8, an alliance of companies, NGOs and trade unions which also counts among its members the names of other clothing and Distribution: C & A, River Island, Stella McCartney, Inditex (Zara), Gap, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury's, etc.. The challenge for companies beyond the marketing pitch. With the emergence of a global market for socially responsible investment (SRI) in recent years, the non-financial criteria are increasingly taken into account by financial players who invest in companies. At the end of January 2013, the global market for responsible investment reached 13.600 billion (more than 10,000 billion), or 21.8% of assets under management, according to the World Alliance of responsible investors (GSIA) 9. SRI in France weighed € 149 billion in 201210, up 29% compared to 2011.In as little as 15 minutes you can receive online life insurance quotes without medical exam for coverage up to $500,000.