Rana Plaza was a large eight-story building in Savar, Bangladesh,
that housed five garment factories, employing approximately 5,400 people
and producing apparel for several well-known brands including The
Children’s Place, Benetton, Walmart, and others.
When workers reported to work on the morning of April 24, 2013, they
were afraid to go inside because of the large visible cracks that had
appeared in the building’s walls. But managers ultimately forced them
in, threatening to dock their wages for the month if they did not
meet shipment deadlines imposed by the brands. As a result, more than
3,000 workers were inside the building when it collapsed less than an
At least 1,138 garment workers were killed in the collapse and at
least 2,500 were injured. Many of the injured workers were trapped for
days before being rescued, watching helplessly as their friends and
colleagues died in front of them. Some of the survivors were freed from
the building only after rescuers amputated their crushed limbs onsite.
Many of the survivors aren’t able to find work, some too disabled by
their injuries and others too traumatized. The injured workers and the
families who lost loved-ones – for many, their only income-earner – are
now trying to survive economic impoverishment amidst the pain and
trauma. Some have struggled with homelessness since the disaster and
have been forced to beg in the street just to survive. Others have had
to pull their children from school and send them to work just to put
food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.
In the days leading up to the second anniversary of the building collapse (April 24, 2015), join us in urging The Children’s Place to pay full and fair
compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse: to the
children who were orphaned, to the injured workers, and to the families
of the people who were killed.
The collapse of Rana Plaza was a result of corporate
negligence by The Children’s Place. The building was structurally
unsafe, yet the company continued to place orders there, apparently
unconcerned with the imminent danger workers faced every day they
reported to work.
We’re calling on The Children’s Place to secure the remaining $7.5 million owed to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund
so that Rana Plaza survivors and victims' families receive the full
compensation due to them by April 24, 2015, the second anniversary of
the building collapse. As the “largest pure-play children’s specialty
apparel retailer in the United States," which made $56.9 million in profits for the fiscal year ending in March 2015, it is well within the company’s ability to fill the gap in the fund.