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Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Factory disasters: who is accountable?

Written by John Mowbray

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WAKEFIELD - International laws which govern accountability in the wake of industrial disasters such as the Rana Plaza building collapse are not fit for purpose and lag behind the interconnected nature of global business supply chains according to a leading European lawyer and expert on the relationship between business ethics and law. Bjoern Fasterling, a professor of law at EDHEC Business School in France, was talking to Ecotextile News in the wake of a new campaign which has been launched to secure long-term compensation for the victims of the Ali Enterprises factory fire in Pakistan which killed more than 250 workers in 2012. The campaign, backed by the Clean Clothes Campaign, is demanding compensation from KiK, the German discount retailer which was the main buyer from the factory at the time of the tragedy.