Announcement of Start of Operations of New Accord Executives

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is pleased to announce that all three new appointments to key executive positions have joined the Accord and are operational as of 2nd December, 2013.

The appointments of Brad Loewen as Chief Safety Inspector, Alan Roberts as Executive Director of International Operations and Rob Wayss as Executive Director of Bangladesh Operations will allow the Accord to make significant steps and progress in its aims of delivering safer working environments for garment workers in Bangladesh.

Alan Roberts as the new International Executive Director is responsible for setting up the Accord head office in Amsterdam, raising funds and enlisting new signatories and will be the first point of contact for the Accord.

Brad Loewen as Chief Safety Inspector will establish and apply safety standards to all factories that supply the Accord member brands and commence the inspection program of all garment factories covered by the Accord from Dhaka.

Rob Wayss, appointed Executive Director for Bangladesh operations will be based in Bangladesh, where he will liaise closely with the government, employers’ organisations and unions whose cooperation is essential to the Accord achieving its aims.

Rob will train the Accord’s local teams, work closely with the Chief Safety Inspector and be a link to garment workers.

The Accord would like to thank Sean Ansett, Interim Executive Director of the Accord for his leadership during the interim period. Sean will support the transition process and complete his term by December 20th, 2013.



– Alan Roberts joins the Accord as Executive Director of International Operations, from Sancroft International where he was Associate Director, Ethical Trade. He was the former Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and has worked in corporate social responsibility and supply chain roles across companies such as Apparel Group, Pentland Group, Speedo, Otto UK Ltd, Skillsmart Retail Ltd, Burberry and Littlewoods.

– Brad Loewen joins the Accord as Chief Safety Inspector, from the City of Winnipeg where he was Administrator of Commercial Plan Examination and Inspections. He has previously worked in roles related to fire safety, workplace safety and health, mediation and conciliation, and engineering for organizations including the Canadian Government, the University of Winnipeg, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Province of Manitoba and Steinbach Fire Dept.

– Rob Wayss joins the Accord as Executive Director of Bangladesh Operations, from the International Labour Organisation where he was Chief Technical Advisor in Bangladesh. He previously worked on labour relations, fundamental rights, and dispute resolution programs with the public employees’ union AFSCME Council 40 in the U.S., the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and Central America.



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Alan Roberts:
Brad Loewen:
Rob Wayss: