UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Primark, Joe Fresh, Matalan to compensate factory victims
UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.
Primark said it has partnered with a local NGO to address the immediate needs of victims, including the provision of emergency food aid to families.
"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," the company said.
Meanwhile, a Joe Fresh spokesperson told just-style: "We will be providing compensation for the families of the victims who worked for our supplier.
"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 future."
The spokesperson added that the brand, which is owned by supermarket chain Loblaw, is focused on helping the victims and their families, as well as driving change to help prevent similar incidents in the future.
Matalan, a UK retailer that has bought from factories based at the site before, but was not using it at the time of the collapse, has also pledged its support for the victims.
A Matalan spokesperson told just-style that it is "working closely with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Export Association (BGMEA) and our local team in Bangladesh to provide financial and other support to help those affected."
The Rana Plaza factory, located outside of Dhaka, collapsed last Wednesday, killing 386 people. Another 2,437 people have been rescued alive from the eight-storey complex, while a further 900 remain missing.
Primark has called on other retailers using the factory to come forward and offer assistance.
UK plus-size brand Bonmarche has confirmed it was using factories based in the building, while labour activists have said that El Corte Ingles, Benetton, Cato Fashions, Children's Place and Carrefour were also using the site.
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