Company linked to P-Diddy to pay USD 1200 damages to families hit by Bangladesh garment factory fire
The families of nearly 112 workers killed in a Bangladesh garment factory fire will receive 1,200 dollars each from a company linked to hip-hop mogul Sean Combs' clothing line.
An educational fund for the victims' children will also be arranged by Li and Fung, the licensee that oversees the manufacture of P-Diddy's ENYCE label.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims involved in the tragedy," a statement from ENYCE President Jeffrey Tweedy, which promised the generous donation, said.
According to the New York Daily News, a pair of blue ENYCE shorts remained on a sewing machine inside the doomed Tarzeen Fashions factory, as Bangladeshi authorities arrested three company officials.
Clothing in the factory were also been made for Wal-Mart, Disney, the French company Teddy Smith and the Scottish business Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
Documents indicate that Sears and other Western brands were also produced inside the facility.
"Wal-Mart said the garment factory was making its clothing without the U.S. retailer's knowledge. A supplier subcontracted the work to Tarzeen 'in direct violation of our policies,"" the company said.
Disney and Sears had no immediate comment on their ties to the disaster.
According to the report, after the fire, workers claimed their bosses locked fire doors as terrified employees tried desperately to flee the raging flames inside the eight-story building.
In addition to the lack of open emergency exits, one worker said stacks of yarn and clothing blocked another route out of the factory, it added.
A worker said that managers in the factory ordered workers to return to their stations when the blaze began.
In a statement, Li and Fung said the company was in contact with the factory owner and planned its own investigation into the blaze, the report added.