Rana Plaza

On April 24th 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Savar, near Dhaka, in Bangladesh collapsed. The building contained several factories which manufactured garments for some 28 brands. One of these factories was supplying Primark. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this disaster, and their families.

Primark has worked with local partners in Bangladesh on a programme of support and compensation for victims. We would like to thank our partners for their expertise and commitment in helping Primark to develop and deliver this programme. The company has also participated fully  in the industry's response to begin steps to make garment manufacturing safer in future. 

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We began making long-term payments to the 580 workers (or their dependents) of our supplier, New Wave Bottoms in March 2014.  New Wave Bottoms occupied the second floor of the Rana Plaza building which collapsed on 24 April 2014. The payments will go to workers or their dependents, who died, or were injured as a result of the building collapse.

We also announced that we would contribute a further payment of $1 million to workers who produced garments for other retailers. This money was paid into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund. This is in addition to the $2 million which we have already distributed to these workers or their families through our short-term financial assistance programme.

Together, this brings our total aid payments to $12 million. 

Our immediate response

Our film shows Primark's programme immediately following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building to provide urgently needed food aid and short-term financial assistance, working in close cooperation with international and local NGOs and trade unions. 

Full details of all our work in Bangladesh can be found on the Primark Bangladesh website.

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