A guest post from our China Editor, Paul French. Paul writes:
“The British Business Awards, presented annually in Beijing by the British Chamber of Commerce in China, now traditionally throws up some grotesque howlers.
This year looks to be no exception. The basic format will be familiar to you – a bunch of very pleased with themselves corporate suits get together in their, er, suits to self congratulate and back slap each other over a dinner and hand out some awards without asking too many questions.
Indeed one might say that this year they’ve positively excelled themselves in asking absolutely no questions.
The awards are run by the British Chamber of Commerce of China with the support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), British Council, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Among the recently announced finalists was one that will make regular Ethical Corporation readers chuckle – The Green Award, sponsored by BP, could well be won by former Ethical Corporation Greenwasher of the Year, Arup, the smoke and mirrors act behind the now defunct and discredited Dongtan ‘Eco-City’ that has never made it of the drawing board despite forced relocations of local people at Dongtan, the repeated scaling back of the scheme’s once lofty ambitions and repeated assertions by Arup that all was well.
Not that any of that has stopped them mining publicity from the non-project for years – and still it seems at the British Business Awards in China.
We won’t even start on the sponsor of the green award being BP, a company that thinks mining the Canadian tar flats is environmentally OK.”