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a) what happened?
“On 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. The search for the dead ended on 13 May with the death toll of 1,129. Approximately 2,515 injured people were rescued from the building alive. It is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history.”
Anon (2013) 2013 Savar building collapse. Wikipedia.com (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Savar_building_collapse last accessed 6 October 2013)
b) which brands’ clothing was made here?
“Thus far Adler Modemärkte (Germany), Benetton (Italy), Bon Marche (UK),Camaieu (France), Cato Fashions (USA), The Children’s Place (USA),Cropp (LPP, Poland), El Corte Ingles (Spain), Joe Fresh (Loblaws, Canada),Sons and Daughters (Kids for Fashion, Germany), Kik (Germany), Mango(Spain), Manifattura Corona (Italy), Matalan (UK), NKD (Germany), Premier Clothing (UK), Primark (UK/Ireland), Texman (PVT, Denmark), Walmart (US) and YesZee (Italy) have acknowledged, either directly to the CCC or through media statements, that they had recent or trial orders in the Rana Plaza factories.
Walmart (US) claims that they did not permit production at one of the factories housed in Rana Plaza, but do not deny evidence found on-site proving that one of their contractors had produced jeans in one of the factories less than one year before the collapse. Labels relating to YesZee were found at the site and, in a phone call with the CCC, they admitted that they were sourcing at one of the Rana Plaza factories through an agent. The company has since threatened CCC with legal action if their name is linked with Rana Plaza in our public communication.
A Carrefour (France) label was found in the rubble, but they continue to deny any relationship with the factories inside Rana Plaza.
Store 21 (UK) and Auchan (France) labels were found in the rubble at the Rana Plaza site. Store 21 have not acknowledged production. Auchan admitted the possibility of illegal subcontracting.
Companies that have been producing at Rana Plaza or worked with agents buying from factories located in the building, although claiming it was before 2012, include C&A (Belgium), Dress Barn (US), Gueldenpfennig (Germany),Lefties (Inditex, Spain), Mascot (Denmark), and Pellegrini (Italy). “
Clean Clothes Campaign (2013) Update: Brands’ responses to Tazreen and Rana Plaza compensation demands. cleanclothes.org 31 July (http://www.cleanclothes.org/news/2013/05/24/background-rana-plaza-tazreen last accessed 11 October 20123