Dan Rees is the Director of Better Work, a partnership between the ILO and IFC that brings together government, employers, workers and international buyers to improve labour standards compliance and competitiveness in the global garment and footwear industry. Better Work is currently operational in seven countries and engages over 1300 factories employing over 1.6 million people.
He is also engaged in a number of other partnerships to improve working conditions in the industry. On behalf of ILO Dan is currently the Chair of the Bangladesh Accord Steering Committee. He has played a lead role in facilitating the design and implementation of the Rana Plaza Arrangement – a cross industry coalition that was established to ensure that all victims of the Rana Plaza accident received fair compensation according to international standards for employment injury.
From 1999-2010 Dan was the first Director of the UK based Ethical Trading Initiative and spearheaded its growth from start up to a field leader with respected international reputation in ethical trade. He is a leading expert on this aspect of corporate responsibility and has advised numerous governments international organisations and leading companies on best practice in improving working conditions in supply chains.