A Signal on Corporate Liability: Factory fire victims sue German clothing retailer KiK

The survivors and relatives of victims of the fatal fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi (Pakistan) have come together to form the Baldia Factory Fire Affectees Association. Four members of the association were selected to file a compensation claim against German retailer KiK in Germany in March 2015. With this lawsuit the claimants aim to demonstrate that they are taking action and are not merely ‘helpless victims’ of the disaster. The legal action also makes it clear that transnational corporations are responsible for the working conditions in their subsidiary and supplier companies abroad.