Demand justice for the victims of the Tazreen fire
First reports suggest the fire was started by an electrical short circuit. The cause of over 80% of all factory fires in Bangladesh are due to faulty wiring. The fire in Tazreen Fashions brings the total of workers that have died in unsafe factories in Bangladesh since 2005 to around 700.
Accounts of the different fires clearly show that many of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had the factories met basic safety standards. The windows of the Tazreen factory were barred to prevent theft, and safe fire exits were mostly absent, making it impossible for the workers to escape the flames and smoke. At the time of the fires the managers initially stopped workers from leaving by dismissing a fire warning as a false alarm.
Call upon C&A, KIK, Walmart, Li & Fung, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Disney, Dickies, Sean Comb (ENYCE) and Kmart/Sears to take up responsibility!
The Clean Clothes Campaign along with trade unions and labour rights organisations in Bangladesh and around the world call upon the buyer companies to:
- Ensure full compensation to the victims,
- Support a full and transparent investigation into the fires,
- Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.
CCC is calling upon your support to ask justice for the Tazreen victims and to avoid another Tazreen to happen.
Please write your letter to C&A, KIK, Walmart, Li & Fung, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Disney, Dickies, Sean Comb (ENYCE) and Kmart/Sears, demanding them to take up responsibility!
Head of Sustainable Business Development
Dr. Michael Arretz
Managing Director Sustainability & Corporate Communications
Vice president Ethical Standards
The Walt Disney Company
Laura Chapman Rubbo
Director, Corporate Citizenship, International Labor Standards
Senior Director Global Social Compliance
Sean Combs / SeanJohn / Enyce
Executive Vice President Brand Development and Licensing
Director Global Compliance
Dear Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Arretz, Mr. Kamalanathan, Mr. Fung, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Ms. Rubbo, Ms. Fadden, Mr. Tweedy and Ms. Rice
I have been informed by the Clean Clothes Campaign about the actions your company announced in order to support the victims of the Tazreen fire. These actions fail on fundamental points to ensure fair compensations to the victims as well as to prevent such incidents from happening again.
I call upon you to immediately engage in dialogue with local unions and to immediately:
- Ensure full compensation for the victims covering loss of future earnings as well as damages, medical care, and educational fees for children of the deceased workers. All injured workers in need of medical treatment should receive so immediately,
- Support a full and transparent investigation and to publish the audit reports of Tazreen factory,
- Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement developed by local and international unions and labour groups to prevent future incidents, disclose your supplier lists and promote freedom of association.