Demand Action for Rana Plaza

To Mr. Mario Grauso:

Each day Canadian consumers are misled by your company. We are buying products sold under the guise that they are being produced by workers in safe conditions who are being paid a reasonable wage. This is, however, not the case with Joe Fresh of Loblaw Companies Limited.

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in the Dhaka district of Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1100 factory workers and injuring over 2500. Companies with workspaces inside the building included J.C. Penney, WalMart, Kappa and Joe Fresh. We are aware that in the months following the incident, Loblaw Companies Limited donated $3,700,000 for long-term compensation to injured workers and the families of the deceased, $1,000,000 to Save the Children Bangladesh and the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed, and $285,000 to short-term compensation to provide roughly three months’ salary for Rana Plaza workers. This compensation is an important initial step for your company to take responsibility for the horrible factory conditions involved in the production of your clothing - but it is not enough. And financial compensation does nothing to assure consumers that your products are being manufactured in safer conditions in other factories in Bangladesh.

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