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About Us

About Us

The RSC was officially registered by the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, Bangladesh on 20 May 2020 to be a permanent safety monitoring body in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. The RSC is a private initiative of the Bangladesh Industry, global brands and global and local Bangladeshi trade unions. The RSC was set up by three incorporating members representing each of the three constituents:

  • Industry: The Shondhi Limited

  • Brands: Brands Association for Textile & RMG Sustainability in Supply Chains

  • Trade Unions: Trade Union Association for Textile & RMG Sustainability in Supply Chains

The RSC has a Board of Directors consisting of 18 representatives, 6 from each RSC member organization. 

 

Transition of Operations in Bangladesh from Accord to RSC

On 14 January 2020, Representatives of the BGMEA and the Steering Committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh signed an agreement on transition to RMG Sustainability Council. Therefore, on 1 June 2020 the RSC has inherited the operations, staff, policies and infrastructure of the local Bangladesh Accord office. The RSC is now equipped to implement health and safety inspections and remediation monitoring, safety training and safety complaints handling functions. The RSC is committed to making key aspects of the programme publicly available, including initial inspection reports and remediation progress through up-to-date CAPs.

Through the work of the RSC, covered factories will be able to complete their existing CAPs and ensure that all outstanding safety issues are remediated and verified as correctly fixed, and that the labour-management Safety Committees in the factories are equipped and empowered to monitor and address workplace safety on a daily basis.

The RSC will operate within the regulatory framework of the laws of Bangladesh, closely co-operating with and supporting the relevant regulatory agencies of the Government of Bangladesh.

 

Messages from Board of Directors

 

“The RSC is an unprecedented national initiative”

— Rubana Huq
     Former President of the BGMEA and industry representative on the RSC Board of Directors

 

“Together with our Bangladeshi trade union affiliates we will help ensure workers in RMG factories have safe workplaces and have access to remedy to address safety concerns and exercise the right to safe workplaces. We will work to ensure that workers to have trust in the newly established RSC.”

— China Rahman
    General Secretary of the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC)

 

“With the establishment of the RSC, brands can continue to honour their supply chain responsibilities that they have committed to through the Accord signed with the trade unions. The RSC will provide the assurance that workplace safety will continue to be addressed throughout the Bangladeshi RMG supply chain.”

— Roger Rene Hubert
     H&M and brand representative on the RSC Board of Directors

 

 

RSC CO-CHAIRS

Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin

Former President BGMEA and industry representative on the RSC Board of Directors

Roger Rene Hubert

Brand Representative on the RSC Board of Directors

Amirul Haque Amin

President NGWF and Trade Union Representative on the RSC Board of Directors

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Rubana Huq

Former President BGMEA and industry representative on the RSC Board of Directors

Joachim Leo Juette Overmeyer

Senior Advisor and Legal Counsel, Otto Group

Christina Hajagos-Clausen

Textile and Garment Industry Director, IndustriAll and Trade Union Representative on the RSC Board of Directors

 

NEUTRAL CONVENER

Dan Rees

Director, Better Work, ILO and Neutral Convener of the RSC

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Iqbal M Hussain

Managing Director and Acting Chief Safety Officer (ACSO)

Iqbal M Hussain joined the RSC as the inaugural Managing Director and Acting Chief Safety Officer (ACSO) in September 2020.
Born in Bangladesh, brought up and educated in the UK, Mr. Hussain is an MBA-qualified Chartered Engineer who brings more than 20 years' experience to the role. He joins the RSC from an international retailer where he has spent the past five years developing, leading and executing the company’s Global Structural Integrity Programme, a pioneering programme which seeks to improve worker safety by ensuring building integrity through factory inspections and remediation.

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Md. Asiful Hoque

General Manager

Mohammed Ashraful Hoque

Accounts Manager

Md. Reajul Islam

Manager HR

Md. Asaduzzaman

Business Financial Controller

Robeul Haque Rana

Head of IT

Nuzhat Bushra Shejuti

Data Management Specialist

Md Erfanul Haq

Acting Communications Officer

Kirstine Drew

Head of Safety & Health Complaints Mechanism

Shamama Naushin Yamani

Head of Safety Committee and Safety Training

Sefat Ahmed

Head of Remediation Case Handler

Md. Ahsan Ullah

Acting Head of Structural Safety Engineer

S.M. Hasanul Banna Kasemi

Head of Electrical Engineering

Md. Hasanuzzaman

Head of Fire & Life Safety

Mehedi Hasan

Team Lead Boiler Safety Programme

 

 

STAFF

 

 

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