Dan Rees is the Director of Better Work, a flagship programme of the International Labour Organization jointly managed by the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group). Better Work brings together government, employers, workers and international brands to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the global garment and footwear industry. The programme is currently operational in seven countries and engages over 1,450 factories employing over 1.9 million people.
Dan is also engaged in a number of other partnerships to improve working conditions in the industry. On behalf of the 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 to 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 a respected international reputation in ethical trade. He is a leading expert on this aspect of corporate responsibility and has advised numerous governments, international organizations and leading companies on best practice in improving working conditions in supply chains.