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World — Dan Rees named new Director of Better Work

21 May 2010

Better Work, a partnership of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has announced that ILO Director-General Juan Somavia has selected corporate social responsibility expert Dan Rees of the United Kingdom as its new Director. Mr. Rees will assume his position at the Better Work global programme office in Geneva in August 2010.

Better Work seeks to improve labour standards compliance in global supply chains, both to protect workers' rights and help enterprises become more competitive. The programme focuses on scalable and sustainable solutions that build cooperation between governments, employers' and workers' organisations and international buyers.

 
Donor support also plays a large role in implementation of global and country-level activities, which include enterprise assessments, training and advisory services, and market engagement. Better Work is currently active in seven countries on three continents, and in the coming years will expand to new countries and industries.

Mr. Rees has a degree in International Economic Development from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Working with ETI since 1999, he was responsible for growing the membership of that programme to over 50 leading brands and retailers, trade unions representing nearly 160 million workers around the world, and leading campaigning and development organisations. Mr. Rees also helped establish the first multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at improving working conditions in South Africa.

In the UK, he chaired the Temporary Labour Working Group, a cross-industry alliance established to help end exploitation of temporary labourers in the agricultural sector.

 

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