Primark are “shocked” by yesterday’s Bangladesh building collapse, which has so far claimed 175 lives. The building housed their suppliers.
Primark is one of four major retailers that had suppliers based in the Rana Plaza building, which collapsed yesterday in Bangladesh. There were 2000 people working in the building at the time, with 1000 injured and another 175 dead, according to reports by the Telegraph. The death toll is expect to rise.
Garment factories occupied six of the eight floors. As well as Primark they supplied clothing for Matalan, Bonmarche and New Wave Style.
In a statement Primark said: “The company is shocked and deeply saddened by this appalling incident at Savar, near Dhaka, and expresses its condolences to all of those involved.
“Primark has been engaged for several years with NGOs and other retailers to review the Bangladeshi industry’s approach to factory standards. Primark will push for this review to also include building integrity.
“Meanwhile Primark’s ethical trade team is at this moment working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from, and to provide support where possible.”
This disaster comes just one week after the launch of The 1% Campaign, which aims to get UK retailers to invest a minimum of 1% of their profits to solving the problems in their supply chain. This story illustrates yet again that the current “approach to factory standards” isn’t working.
We will wait with interest to find out what will be contained in Primark’s “review”. It’s time they started committing to increasing their corporate responsibility budgets to solving this problem, before more people die.