Breaking their silence, Primark made a public plea for other companies to join them and pay out to victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.
After meeting some of those affected by the factory collapse in Bangladesh, it is clear that trade partners like the UK have a role to play.
As British companies reluctantly admitted they were linked to the latest factory fire in Bangladesh yesterday, a wider problem was revealed.
A huge fire has destroyed another Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands in the Gazipur district of Dhaka, authorities said. There were no initial reports of casualties.
As many as 18,000 people worked at the factory, which is among the ten biggest in the country, but all employees had reportedly left by the time the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Head of firefighting operations, Mahbubur Rahman, said he believed the fire had been started by some of the workers.
New UK support of £4.8 million will go towards the International Labour Organisation's ‘Improving the Working Conditions in the Ready Made Garment sector in Bangladesh’ programme to improve fire safety and protect workers.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:
“April’s factory collapse took a dreadful toll on people in Bangladesh and galvanised much-needed action on safety. Six months on, this UK action will help the Government of Bangladesh, employers and manufacturers make improvements on safety and conditions.
“But there is still a long way to go. Everyone needs to continue to work together to maintain momentum and prevent future tragedies.”
Primark has shown ITV News details of its strategy to track down the 550 workers who were employed by its subcontractor in the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.
The challenge is made harder by the fact that many of the workers and their dependants have left Dhaka and are spread the "length and breadth of Bangladesh," senior executive Paul Lister said.
Primark, working with the University of Dhaka, has devised a scheme whereby students will travel out to each of the victims in order to assess their level of need.
This data will be entered into touch tablets, which contain software to calculate the level of compensation they can expect.
High-end retailers are sourcing garments from the same factories in Bangladesh as Primark but are charging a higher price, one of the company's senior executives, told ITV News.
Paul Lister said: "If you look at who is sourcing out of Bangladesh, you'll see that clearly Primark sources out of Bangladesh, but actually next door to Primark in any given factory could be a Bond Street retailer, sourcing exactly the same sort of garment, sourcing a T-shirt.
"So ours at Primark would be £5 on our shelf, it could be £60 for the Bond Street retailer, in the same factory, with the same conditions, the same workforce, the same pay, as the £5 Primark T-shirt."
Senior Primark executive Paul Lister has told Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg that the company regularly makes unannounced checks on the 88 factories it uses in Bangladesh in a bid to improve safety standards.
A senior Primark executive, Paul Lister, has told ITV News that it was time for their "competitors to step up to the plate" and compensate victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh
US high street retailer Gap have expressed their sorrow at the news of another deadly factory fire in Bangladesh, in a statement confirming that some of their products have been made with the fabric produced inside the building. In a statement, the company said:
We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire and loss of life at Aswad Composite Mills in Bangladesh, and our thoughts are with the affected workers and families.
At this time, we can confirm that Gap Inc. works with the parent company, Palmal Group, and while Gap Inc. produces no garments at this facility, on rare occasion in the past small quantities of Gap Inc. product have been made with fabric from the mill where the fire occurred.
Gap Inc. continues to make significant long-term investments to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh with our own safety program and as a member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.