Auchan said it has been “very touched” by last year’s tragedy

Auchan said it has been “very touched” by last year’s tragedy

Supermarket giant Auchan Group is to contribute US$1.5m to the Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund – but maintains that it had no business relationship with anyone based in the collapsed building.

The French company said its employees, buyers and shareholders had been “very touched” by last year’s tragedy, prompting the donation to the fund administered by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

A pair of children’s trousers carrying Auchan’s In Extenso branding was discovered in the rubble of the collapsed building 20 days after the tragedy, but Auchan continues to claim that it had never placed an order with any manufacturer in Rana Plaza.

Auchan said it had decided to make the donation after excluding any compensation procedure which would have amounted to an admission of liability, and to “show solidarity” with workers.

Since the tragedy, Auchan has also signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, as well as putting in place an eight-point plan to tackle the problem of unauthorised sub-contracting of clothing production.