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Complaint filed against C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker relating to Bangladesh factory fire

"German companies must take responsibility for working conditions of suppliers"

May 16, 2013
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Uwe Kekeritz and other complainants hold three German companies partially responsible for the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh.

Uwe Kekeritz, member of the German parliament (Alliance 90/The Greens) filed a complaint against three German companies for their partial responsibility for the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh in November 2012 that caused 112 deaths and 300 injured. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and Medico International both support the complaint. The high number of victims was caused by among other things poor fire protection and lack of emergency exits.

The complainants hold that the German companies are partly responsible for these problems as they source from the respective factory but failed to make serious efforts to improve working conditions in the textile factory.

The complainants argue that the German companies are not fulfilling their obligations towards their workers within the global supply chain and that the measures taken by the companies after the fire are insufficient. The complainants call on the companies to ensure that their suppliers improve fire protection, pay compensation to families of the victims and others affected. Furthermore, the complainants call on the companies to pay fair wages, enter into dialogue with trade unions and conduct due diligence in their supply chains.

Attachment ECCHR-Medico Press release OECD complaint 2013-05-13.pdf (Size 86Kb)

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