November 24, 2014 marks the second anniversary of the fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We remain deeply affected by the loss of life and injuries caused by this tragedy.
We have taken our responsibilities for the victims and their relatives very seriously over the last two years. In the direct aftermath of the disaster, together C&A and C&A Foundation provided immediate monetary support to 112 families of those who lost their lives, and established an additional fund to provide ongoing monetary support to 49 non-child dependents. Together with our partner Caritas Bangladesh, we also created a program to support children of the victims, which is focused on education, compensation, and social and psychological support. Through this program, we are helping the children by covering their monthly expenses and by investing in their future through an educational fund. Additionally, our program with Caritas provides salary, rent, medical, and psychological support to injured workers.
New agreement with Clean Clothes Campaign and IndustriALL provides additional support for victims
As a further step in C&A’s ongoing efforts, we have now agreed with the Clean Clothes Campaign and IndustriALL an outline for the principles of a compensation process which will be additional to that already provided by C&A and C&A Foundation. This process covers compensation for loss of income, provision of independent medical assessments and ongoing treatment.
As part of this agreement C&A Foundation has pledged to contribute a significant amount towards full and fair compensation for Tazreen victims, in addition to the funds already provided. The final details of the pledge are currently being agreed and will be made public once finalized.
Full commitment to adopting comprehensive changes
The second anniversary of Tazreen offers a moment of reflection for our entire industry and an opportunity to evaluate the steps that have been and will continue to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Together with the C&A Foundation we are well aware that there is still a long way to go, but we are fully committed to adopting comprehensive changes to support sustainable working practices in Bangladesh through a wide number of activities. We also recognize that this requires a joint effort by a broad spectrum of committed parties to achieve lasting, positive change. Better working conditions in the Bangladesh textile industry can only be attained through common action by companies, local manufacturers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and official bodies.
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