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Avaaz response to the announcement of Benetton on compensation for Rana Plaza victims

*** Pushed by one million citizens, Benetton pays compensation to survivors of Rana Plaza disaster ***

Days before the second anniversary of the worst garment worker disaster in history, Benetton’s CEO Marco Airoldi is set to announce that his company will contribute $1.1m USD to the Rana Plaza victims in Bangladesh. Benetton’s announcement follows a public campaign by more than one million members of the civic group Avaaz, which moved the company to support survivors and their families after two years of refusals.

Dalia Hashad, Avaaz Campaign Director, said:

Benetton is not giving nearly enough to ease the death and suffering their clothes have caused, but a million people forced them to reverse two years of refusing to pay any compensation. This sets a precedent for global brands everywhere: when workers die, you cannot walk away. All eyes are now on holdout companies like Carrefour, JC Penney, Walmart, and The Children's Place to step up and fill the funding gap so all victims get what they need and deserve.

In the wake of the garment factory collapse, the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund was established to bring together a historic set of stakeholders, including the Bangladesh government, local manufacturers, global clothing brands and retailers, local and international trade unions, and international charities, to set a new standard for compensation. The unprecedented multi-stakeholder fund is chaired by UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO). In accordance with international standards, the coordination committee underwent a comprehensive and independent process to assess the claims of 5,000 survivors and family members for medical expenses and financial support.

The campaign can be found here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/benetton_pay_up_loc/

For more information, contact Oscar Soria at [email protected] or +1-415-217-9392 (ET) or Daniel Boesse at Daniel Boese at [email protected] or +49-1778405700 / Media enquiries to Benetton: [email protected]  or +39 0422 519036.