Brands and retailers with revenue over $1 million are being asked to pay a minimum of $100,000 into the Fund.
Only C&A, Li & Fung (which sourced for Sean John's Enyce brand) and discount German retailer KiK have paid so far.
Other brands that sourced from Tazreen and have not paid are Spanish department store El Corte Ingles; U.S. brands Disney, Sears, Dickies and Delta Apparel; Edinburgh Woolen Mill (UK); Karl Rieker (Germany); Piazza Italia (Italy); and Teddy Smith (France).
Monika Kemperle, IndustriALL's assistant general secretary, said, “The Tazreen Claims Administration Trust provides real hope to victims who can expect to start receiving payments in the coming months. While we thank the brands that have already paid, we are completely dismayed that Tazreen's biggest customer, Walmart, won't fork out after three long years. Once again, Walmart is ignoring its responsibilities and failing victims.”
KiK is the only brand to be involved in all three of the 'big three' tragedies to hit the garment industry in recent history – Tazreen, Rana Plaza also in Bangladesh, and the 2012 Ali Enterprises factory fire in Pakistan which killed 254 people.
While the processes to pay compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza and Tazreen are underway, the Ali Enterprise case has yet to be properly addressed. (SH)
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