Tesco to donate the profits from increased ice sales due to the ice bucket challenge to the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Cheshunt, England, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco will donate the profits from an increase in ice sales due to the ice bucket challenge to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, it was announced today.

The donation currently stands at £20,000 – an amount which is expected to increase after further ice sales over the weekend.

Tesco saw sales of over 36 million individual ice cubes over the last week alone – a significant increase on the number that would be sold in a normal week. More ice has gone into stores this week to make sure Tesco can meet the demand.

Greg Sage, community director for Tesco said:

“The ice bucket challenge has done an amazing job of raising awareness of motor neurone disease – an incredible number of people all over the world have taken part, including a huge number of Tesco colleagues.

“We’ve seen a big increase in sales of bags of ice as a direct result of this phenomenon, and we want the Motor Neurone Disease Association to be the ones to benefit. That’s why today we’ve pledged to donate the extra profits we make to them, and we nominate Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons to do the same!”

Walmart announced new commitment to advance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of its China-based manufacturers

Walmart builds on ongoing commitment to boost energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of China supply chain

SHENZHEN, China, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — At today’s Walmart Supplier Summit in Shenzhen, Walmart announced a new commitment to further strengthen the sustainability of its global supply chain by advancing the energy efficiency of its China-based manufacturers. The commitment states that suppliers representing 70 percent of Walmart’s business sourced in China will be invited to participate in an energy efficiency program by the end of 2017. As a result, Walmart forecasts significant potential savings over the next 3 years.  An improvement in energy efficiency by 10 percent would translate to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 1 million metric tons; that is the equivalent of taking over 200,000 cars off the road for 1 year.

“We hope that today’s announcement will continue to pave the way for our operations to become more sustainable in China and globally, as well as continue to set the tone for the industry as a whole,” said Ignacio Lopez, Senior Vice President, who leads Walmart’s Global Sourcing Operations.

To date, 40 factories in China have participated in a 2014 pilot program, and approximately 500 factories will be invited to participate in the program by the end of 2017. In order to reach the 2017 goal set forth for China-based manufacturers, Walmart will assist in providing tools and resources that will help suppliers identify energy efficient projects tailored for each facility, coordinating relevant training when needed to overcome barriers with implementation.  Walmart will also track overall project performance and impact.

“China is a key market for Walmart’s long-term sustainability strategy, and as a company, we’re focused on being part of a solution to help improve environmental issues facing the country,” said Sean Clarke, CEO of Walmart China. “Walmart has made significant progress in advancing factory efficiency in China in recent years, and today’s announcement is an expansion of our efforts to drive a larger impact.”

Continued Focus on Advancing Sustainability in China 
Walmart has a rich history of collaboration with key partners in China – including government representatives, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and suppliers – building on experience and lessons learned, to create new solutions and models for sustainable growth. As a result, the company’s operations and facilities in China have successfully reduced environmental impact while providing other benefits that translate into everyday low costs for customers.

Since 2008 Walmart has successfully implemented an energy efficiency program in its China facilities, resulting in a 20 percent energy reduction in 210 factories and $279 million savings in energy costs.

Additional recent milestones achieved in Walmart’s China operations include:

·       Investing in LED Technology: Over the past two years, Walmart has invested more than $16 million to add LED technology to China facilities, avoiding 33,000 tons of CO2 emissions. These use 35-50% less energy than conventional fluorescent light bulbs commonly used in the retail industry. .
·       Reducing Energy Consumption: Walmart recently retrofitted refrigerators at 250 its China stores with glass doors, reducing energy consumption by nearly 30 percent. In new stores, Walmart introduced next-generation refrigerators with glass doors, avoiding 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
·       Expanding The Sustainability Consortium: In 2012, Walmart announced a $2 million grant to launch The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in China – an independent research organization that engages industries, universities and other experts from around the globe to develop measurement and reporting systems for product sustainability across consumer goods. The TSC also facilitates ongoing innovation, research and collaboration to continue to advance a green supply chain.
·      Increasing Use of Solar Energy: In 2011, Walmart completed the installation of a roof-mounted solar system at the Walmart Xiangmihu store in Shenzhen, which was the first non-state-owned solar power project under China’s Golden Sun Solar Program, as a result of generating 35,000 kWh monthly.

“Our ongoing collaboration with Walmart in improving energy efficiency has enabled CY TOP to not only reduce overall energy costs, but also boost the overall sustainability of our operations,” said James Han, CEO of CY TOP, a key Walmart supplier. “We look forward to taking our current facilities to the next level with Walmart’s newest program to increase energy efficiency among its China manufacturers.”

“Walmart’s continuous endeavor to help its suppliers improve their environmental and energy efficiency performance, is proved to benefit the suppliers, Walmart itself and more importantly, the environment,” said Jianyu Zhang, managing director, China program at Environmental Defense Fund. “This fits into the global trend of ‘greening’ the supply chain and could become an exemplary effort if all stakeholders are more closely involved.”

For more information, visit Walmart’s sustainability hub at www.walmartsustainabilityhub.com


About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.  Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our 11,000 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of approximately $473,076 million, Walmart is on top of the list among Fortune 500 companies with an employment of more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader retailer industry, and commits to helping people live a better life through CSR initiatives. .


The first French Netflix original series Marseille to debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015


PARIS and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marseille, an eight episode tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city, will debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015.

The first French production from the world’s leading Internet TV Network, Marseille focuses on the story of Robert Taro, mayor of the city for 25 years. The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly. Marseille stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.

Shot entirely in France, Marseille is created and written by Dan Franck, writer of La Séparation and Les Hommes de l’ombre and co-writer of Carlos, which won a Golden Globe for best miniseries and a Cesar for most promising actor, Edgar Ramirez, and was nominated for 36 international awards, including two Emmys.

Directing the first two episodes of Marseille will be Florent-Emilio Siri, director of the Cesar-nominated theatrical hits Cloclo and L’Ennemi Intime. Also directing will be Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Samuel Benchetrit (“J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster”)

Marseille is produced by Paris-based Federation Entertainment, led by Pascal Breton, producer of the hit French series Dolmen and Sous le Soleil.

“Creating a series for an enormous audience and without any constraints will let us push to its limits a story about the Shakespearean theater of politics in a city where Alexandre Dumas and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, have planted many spears,” said Dan Franck. “Netflix has given us a blank page to create a “House of Cards” in French that breaks through unspoken hypocrisy. This is a writer’s dream and a great opportunity for French producers and creators to enter a new world.”

“Movies today sacrifice a lot to almighty pacing and often lose the essential: the characters. Current TV series do exactly the opposite, they stretch time and work characters in depth with all their complexities and contradictions. That’s what makes for their success,” said Florent-Emilio Siri. “The movie business in France today confines itself to comedy or what is called ‘author cinema.’ TV series give movie directors the potential of a new opportunity to be able to explore and express their talents within the full extent of their art. This is why I’m really eager to work on Marseille.”

Added Samuel Benchetrit: “I’m incredibly excited and honored to work on Marseille and to create an original series that will be powerful and unique. Working with Netflix is a great opportunity for artists and creators, it democratizes movies and series in France and globally.”

Producer Pascal Breton said: “Marseille will take the audience right into the political arena where the old regime of traditional politicians are getting ready to face the younger generation of predators, thugs, and sometimes their own heirs. Netflix is giving us the perfect opportunity to tell this story from a uniquely French viewpoint, in association with some of France’s best writers and directors. Produced entirely in France, Marseille has the potential to become one of the most gripping television events of the coming years.”

“Marseille is an ambitious, diabolically smart fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating cities.” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are delighted to be working with some of the best storytellers in France to deliver a series that erases the line between film and television.”

Production is expected to start in spring of 2015 with the series debut everywhere Netflix is available in late 2015.

About Federation Entertainment:Based in Paris, Federation Entertainment is a fully-integrated television production and distribution mini-studio comprised of exclusive partnerships with some of the most renowned executives, producers and showrunners in global entertainment. Established by leading French entertainment executive Pascal Breton, the company represents a new model for the creation, production, distribution, deficit financing and marketing of high quality original television series programming and motion pictures for the global marketplace

About Netflix Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 50 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

PR Contact: Joris Evers / joevers@netflix.com / +31 20 241 4462


H&M announces Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will star in its Holiday campaign for 2014

H&M is proud to announce that Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will star in its Holiday campaign for 2014.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The two superstars will both appear in the commercial, performing a track from their album Cheek to Cheek, which will be released on September 23rd. The upcoming album is a collaboration between these two generation-spanning artists in celebration of jazz music. The campaign will make its global TV debut end of November, with an extended version of the commercial available at hm.com. The campaign also includes ads featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, which will appear in print media, online as well as outdoor.

Lady Gaga, currently on her artRAVE: ARTPOP Ball Tour, is one of her generation’s greatest stars, bridging the worlds of music and fashion in everything she does. In November 2013, Lady Gaga officially opened H&M’s Times Square flagship store in New York, with fans queuing for the chance to meet and shop with their idol. Tony Bennett, in his 7th decade as a world-class performer, is a 17-time Grammy winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s new album has been long awaited, and brings together a present day icon with one of the legends of music.


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H&M announces Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will star in its Holiday campaign for 2014

H&M announces Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will star in its Holiday campaign for 2014

The National Retail Federation appoints Mary Heitman Vice President of Retail Programs

Mary Heitman Named Vice President of Retail Programs

WASHINGTON, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced the hiring of Vice President of Retail Programs, Mary Heitman. Heitman comes to NRF from the Trust for the National Mall, where she served as director of events and deputy director of development. In that role, Heitman managed corporate sponsorships and events designed to increase donor engagement, identified and cultivated prospects, and leveraged relationships in the government affairs and corporate community. Prior to the Trust for the National Mall, she owned and operated a private marketing and fundraising firm and served as finance director for the Republican National Committee.

“Mary brings a wealth of project management, marketing, political affairs and leadership experience to NRF, and I’m positive that her insights and expertise will benefit the programs and initiatives that NRF’s communities undertake,” NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “Given her career experience with non-profits and in the political arena, I know Mary is a perfect fit for this this newly created position. I look forward to working with her as we tackle important issues in the industry and seek ways to best tell retail’s story through content, research, education and other programs.”

At NRF Heitman will be responsible for expanding and managing key strategic initiatives and programs within the organization’s communities, including Shop.org, the Association for Retail Technology Standards, marketing, loss prevention and IT.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com

Kathy Grannis
(202) 783-7971
(855) NRF-Press


Co-op launches its new At Home campaign

Western Canada, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Buying local food items and supporting local businesses has never been easier thanks to new in-store labels and an innovative local scoring system being introduced in 210 Co-op stores throughout Western Canada.

Co-op is launching its new At Home campaign (www.athomewithcoop.ca) this week in Alberta and British Columbia. It will be introduced in Saskatchewan and Manitoba beginning in mid-September.

The At Home strategy has three components:

  • Grown at Home – highlights fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Raised at Home – highlights sustainable, quality meat products.
  • Produced at Home – highlights local processors developing new and innovative products.

As part of this campaign, Co-op has partnered with Localize, an Edmonton-based company that will help identify products local to each individual store and generate a local score for each item that will appear on the shelf labels.  Products are scored out of 10 based on the location of product, location of ownership, and source of ingredients. This means products made in British Columbia will score higher for stores in that province than they will in Saskatchewan stores. Only products that rate 7.0 or higher on the Localize rating system will be called out in the stores as Grown at Home, Raised at Home, or Produced at Home local products. Shoppers can scan a QR code on shelf labels that takes them to www.localizeyourfood.com, which provides detailed information about the product.

“Co-op has a long tradition of sourcing local products and supporting local farmers, ranchers and producers who grow, raise and produce our food,” says Ron Welke, Associate Vice-President of Food at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “The availability of local products remains a key differentiator in today’s highly competitive retail food industry. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and the story behind it. By partnering with Localize, we have an unbiased rating system to bring enhanced credibility to just how local a product actually is in an easily understandable format for consumers.”

The At Home campaign is the next evolution of a pilot project undertaken last year between 35 Co-op stores in southern Alberta and Localize.

“We built Localize to help shoppers, grocers, and food producers better understand the stories behind where their local food products have come from, presenting credible information on grocery shelves and beyond,” said Localize Founder and CEO Meghan Dear. “With this announcement, Co-op further demonstrates its leadership and commitment to the very communities it serves, by making it easier for its members to find and purchase local products.”

Ed Berney, North Central Co-op General Manager, is looking forward to offering consumers an easier way to identify and buy local products.

“Shoppers’ interest in buying local products has increased significantly in recent years,” said Berney. “While competitors try to be local, we truly are local. We are owned by local members, our profits stay here and we support other local businesses and causes important to our community. Many local growers, ranchers and producers are Co-op members and together we have supported each other for years and in turn, as neighbors, have helped strengthen our communities.”

Siwin Foods, an Edmonton food manufacturer established in October 2005, exemplifies the relationship that Co-op has with local suppliers. Co-op has been instrumental in launching new products, with Siwin Foods progressing from sausage rings to stir fry sizzlers, smokies, specialty frozen meat, dumplings and potstickers, including a private label version for Co-op.

“Co-op and Siwin Foods have a natural bond, both being Western Canadian-based companies and both supporting local first,” said Doug Gordon, Director of Sales and Marketing for Siwin Foods. “Siwin Foods only buys Alberta meat ingredients to use in our products and source our ingredients locally first. So naturally Localize is the perfect fit for our company.”

Product availability will be based on producer supply and will vary across the Co-operative Retailing System. Co-op continues to work with producers and businesses in Western Canada to prepare and introduce food products into stores.

A listing of participating producers and processors can be found at www.localizeyourfood.com. For more information on this initiative, visit www.athomewithcoop.ca.

Target adopts Like2Buy; lets Instagram users easily buy products featured in photos from participating brands

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — You know those moments when that must-have pair of shoes or one-of-a-kind bag appears in your Instagram feed? How about the bummed out feeling after, because you can’t quickly buy what you see? We’re all familiar with the longing that comes from countless hours scouring the Internet tracking down the object of our desire. Well to that we say, no more!

Today, Target’s announcing a real Insta-game changer with the adoption of Like2Buy — a new product from leading visual marketing platform, Curalate, that lets Instagram users easily buy products featured in photos from participating brands.

With more than 300,000 followers a piece, Target and Target Style have been known to garner thousands of likes on a single Instagram. Like2Buy gives Target the chance to turn all those ‘likes’ into actual purchases.

“We’re excited to be one of the first brands to offer guests the opportunity to shop our product on Instagram,” said Dustee Jenkins, vice president of public relations and social media at Target. “We frequently get questions from our guests who are excited about something they see on the platform and want to know how to purchase it  — this tool helps us address this need.”

Instagrammers have been calling for platform shopability for a long time; Target heard the call and delivered. From a place “where products come to play,” Instagram is now a place where Target fans come to shop. That deserves a double tap.


Target adopts Like2Buy; lets Instagram users easily buy products featured in photos from participating brands

Target adopts Like2Buy; lets Instagram users easily buy products featured in photos from participating brands

Cooking School @ Market Bistro by Price Chopper to offer variety of classes starting September 4

Latham, N.Y., 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning September 4, the Cooking School @ Market Bistro by Price Chopper will be offering a variety of classes that range from basic cooking to more advanced recipes and skill levels, including; ethnic foods, quick meals, appetizers, baking and pastry classes. The registration fee for each class ranges from $20 to $60.

Thursday, September 4; 12pm to 1pm
Lunch and Learn: Making Fresh Pasta
Chef John demonstrates how to make homemade pasta in your own kitchen. Participants will enjoy fettuccini with carbonara/pomodoro sauces and salad with Balsamic vinaigrette for lunch. (Registration: $ 20 per person)

Saturday, September 6; 11am to 12:30pm OR 2 to 3:30pm
Taste Bud: A is for Apple, B is for Baking
The Taste Bud class (geared towards kids ages 5-8; parents are required to stay within Market Bistro for the length of this class) is where kids will peel and slice apples and make apple and grilled cheese sandwiches and apple pie with homemade vanilla ice cream. (Registration: $25 per person)

Wednesday, September 10; 6 to 9 pm
Apple Harvest
Participants will make an entire meal using recipes with apples as the main ingredient. Selections include mixed greens with cider vinaigrette, grilled Jonagold apples, and fried goat cheese croutons; grilled salmon with a Fuji apple-fennel slaw; pan-seared pork chop with Empire apple and cider shallot sauce; and Granny Smith apple-cranberry strudel. (Registration: $ 55 per person (wine served))

Thursday, September 11; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: All-American Classics
Chef John demonstrates an all-American classic lunch in honor of our first responders. Participants will enjoy a lunch of buttermilk fried chicken with flaky silver-dollar biscuits and pan gravy and red, white and blue coleslaw. (Registration: $ 20 per person)

Friday, September 12; 6 to 9 pm
Italian Favorites
Participants will create and enjoy some favorite “cibo di conforto” meals including penne á la vodka, braciole and beans and greens. (Registration: $ 55 per person (wine served))

Saturday, September 13; 11am to 1pm OR 3 to 5pm
Junior Chef: Kids Cook Italian
Culinary students ages 9-14 (ages 15-17 are welcome) will learn how to make how to make a family favorite and you can give mom the night off. Dishes include spaghetti and meatballs; homemade marinara sauce; garlic bread and chocolate-dipped cannoli (Registration: $30 per person)

Sunday, September 14; 11am to 2pm (demonstrations begin every half hour)
School Tour and Demonstration
Stop in to see The Cooking School’s own Chef John demonstrate potato pancakes with sour cream and cranberry apple butter. Grab a sample, a brochure and talk with our Culinary Team to see what classes are coming this fall. (FREE/No registration required)

Tuesday, September 16; 6 to 9pm
Popular Restaurant Sauces
We’ll take the mystery out of sauces featured in many restaurants with simple one-pan sauces for chicken, pork, and seafood. Recipes include chicken Française, a lemon and white wine sauce; pork Marsala, a hearty brown sauce with Marsala wine and mushrooms and poached salmon Beurre Blanc, a creamy herb and butter sauce. (Registration: $ 55 per person (wine served))

Thursday, September 18; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: Cheeseburger in Paradise
Chef John gives the all-American classic burger a makeover with a tropical twist. Participants will enjoy a Caribbean-Style Burger (a blend of pork and beef) served with mango ketchup, plantain chips, and key lime pie. (Registration: $ 20 per person)

Friday, September 19; 6 to 9 pm
Girls Night Out: Chocolate Decadence
Can’t go a day without chocolate? We’ve got you covered with delicious desserts to satisfy any chocolate craving. Recipes include: chocolate truffles; chocolate mousse and lava cake. (Registration: $55 per person (light fare and wine served))

Saturday, September 20; 1 to 4 pm
Canning Workshop
Capture the flavors of the harvest to enjoy year round. You’ll try them all and take home a jar of each sauce to show off your newly found canning skills. Participants will make tomato basil sauce served with fresh pasta; apple-cranberry relish; and fresh fruit jams served with assorted crackers. (Registration: $55 per person)

Tuesday, September 23; 6 to 9 pm
Gluten-Free Fall Baking
Guest Instructor and author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking and How to Cook Gluten-Free Elizabeth Barbonewelcomes fall with wonderful gluten-free treats. Recipes include rustic apple pie, spicy pumpkin bread, layered trifle; grilled pumpkin bread with pear compote and molasses cookies. Recipes shown and sampled during class will contain dairy, with dairy-free substitutions discussed in class. (Registration: $55 per person)

Wednesday, September 24; 6 to 9 pm
Create some great tailgating recipes to go along with the big game, whether you’re watching from the stands or from the couch. Recipes include: Buffalo chicken wing dip; Commissioner’s crab dip; Philly cheesesteak pinwheels; Cowboy chili; and game day BBQ kabobs. (Registration: $55 per person (beer served))

Thursday, September 25; 6 to 9 pm
The Art of Risotto
In Italy, risotto is served as the “primo” (first course), but has become popular as a side or entrée. Participants will make wild mushroom risotto; butternut squash and farro risotto; and seafood risotto. (Registration: $55 per person (wine served))

Saturday, September 27; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: Guest Chef Momma Jean Marotta
Guest Chef and author of Momma Jean’s Kitchen Cookbook Momma Jean Marotta will demonstrate and participants will enjoy a lunch of her fan favorite recipe, spaghetti and meatballs. (Registration: $20 per person)

Tuesday, September 30; 6 to 9 pm
Baking Breakfast
Participants will bake items that will have everyone to the breakfast table on time. Recipes include: strata; seasonal muffins; sour cream coffee cake; and Rachael Ray’s oven home fries. (Registration: $55 per person)

Register online at https://www.marketbistro.com/CookingSchool/Class/UpcomingClass or by visiting The Cooking School @ Market Bistro.

Located in the Latham Price Chopper (873 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110), the Cooking School @ Market Bistro by Price Chopper is a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with hands-on cooking stations where attendees can learn to cook or expand cooking expertise. Each station is fully stocked with appliances, knives, and cooking equipment designed to resemble a home kitchen. Both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes are offered, including classes for children. With a wide variety of themes, classes will be taught by a member of Price Chopper’s Cooking School Culinary Team, as well as guests such as local chefs, nutrition experts, and cookbook authors.

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About Price Chopper: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 51% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Maureen Murphy

Groupe Auchan contributes $1.5 million to Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund set up under the auspices of the ILO

Groupe Auchan has decided to contribute a total of $1.5 million to the Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund set up under the auspices of the ILO.

PARIS, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The company’s employees, buyers, Group council personnel representatives, and shareholders were all distressed by the tragedy of April 24, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where the collapse of a building housing the sewing workshops resulted in the death of 1,135 workers and wounded 1,800 others.

A pair of children’s trousers of our brand was found there 20 days after the tragedy, although we had never placed any orders with any of those workshops.

Since that time the company has done its best to ensure such a disaster can never be repeated:

  • by signing the Fire & Safety Building Agreement, an international agreement instigated in particular by several international trade unions
  • by setting up an 8-point plan to combat obscure subcontracting and corruption, whose first results were released at the beginning of April.

However, this catastrophe affected more than 3,000 families whose situation is today very precarious. Various initiatives in their favour are being implemented and organised effectively to provide for their healthcare and rehabilitation, and cover their vital necessities and those of their children. But insufficient aid funding has been obtained.

Just recently, under the impetus of the ILO and the OECD, the French Minister of Economy and Finance asked his country’s businesses -as did seven of his European counterparts- to rally in aid of these people experiencing extreme difficulties, and thus mark their support for Bangladesh, a country where many of them procure goods.

This is why on August 20, after ruling out a compensation procedure which would have constituted a recognition of liability, Groupe Auchan decided to contribute a total of $1.5 million to the Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund set up under the auspices of the ILO, to mark its solidarity with the workers of that country where part of its brand’s clothing is manufactured.