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Protestors also marched upon The Children’s Place, one of several retailers that have failed to compensate victims of the disaster.
Activists recovered documents and labels for The Children’s Place among the debris shortly after Rana Plaza’s collapse. The company has yet to trade its platitudes for meaningful action, however. “We are…working with our fellow retailers and other organizations to ensure appropriate measures are put in place to avoid future safety issues,” it said in a statement following the disaster. “We will be evaluating a number of alternatives to support that goal—including participating in discussions with various industry and [non-governmental organization] groups—and will be active in supporting important, systemic reform.”
That was one year ago.
“New York Fashion Week was an ideal venue for this protest since one of the Walmart board members, Christopher Williams, is also on the board of the Lincoln Center where the event was held,” Michelle Flores of 99 Pickets, tells Ecouterre. “We are also demanding that those U.S. brands who have not signed on to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety to do so now.”
Flores calls specifically for Gap, which spearheaded a dueling safety pact that labor groups have labeled a “sham,” as well as VF Corp., which owns The North Face, Timberland, and Wrangler brands, to sign immediately.