Gordon Brown’s Business Council forgets the environment.

Gordon is blind to the central importance of the environment to the economy as he annouces membership of lame dog Business Council.

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has announced the creation of a Business Council for Britain comprising senior representatives of UK-based businesses, to advise him on issues that affect enterprise, business and the long term productivity and competitiveness of the economy.

The full list of members of the council is:

Sir Richard Branson: Founder, Virgin Group

Damon Buffini: Managing Partner, Permira

Sir William Castell: Chair, Wellcome Trust

Mervyn Davies: Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank

Sir Rod Eddington: Director, News Corporation

Dr Jean Pierre Garnier: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Glaxo SmithKline

Stephen Green: Chairman, HSBC

Tony Hayward: CEO, BP

Sir Terry Leahy: CEO, Tesco

Sir John Parker: Chair, National Grid

Sir John Rose: CEO, Rolls Royce

Stuart Rose: CEO, Marks and Spencer

Arun Sarin: CEO, Vodafone

Dame Marjorie Scardino: CEO, Pearson

Sir Alan Sugar: Chair and CEO, Amstrad

No Johan Eliasch here. Er, the environment gentlemen (and one woman); will you be factoring this in anywhere during your cosy power lunches? I doubt it very much.

What a naughty, naughty boy you are Gordon. Didn’t anyone tell you; without a healthy environment you have no economy.

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7 Responses to Gordon Brown’s Business Council forgets the environment.

  1. Pete Smith says:

    So what’s with the cartoon of David Blunkett?

  2. Pete Smith says:

    But seriously … You’re right Matt that the environment and the economy are intertwined. I think that by now most of these guys have heard of the environment and have formed a view, however blinkered and distorted, on how it affects their operations. The official purpose of this Council is to advise on “issues that affect enterprise, business and the long term productivity and competitiveness of the economy”.
    In other words, Brown is providing big business with a forum to feed their point of view back. The interesting thing is that it seems to sideline the CBI, the traditional talking shop for British industry.
    It doesn’t surprise me that this Council reflects a lack of holistic thinking, it’s the Whitehall way to compartmentalise, but it’s far from the only source of information and opinion the government has at its disposal. I’m optimistic that environmental input will be generated in a parallel forum and merged in at a higher level. A roomful of CEOs all saying the environment doesn’t matter apart from their own bottom line is a depressing thought, but it has a certain value in its own right.

  3. matt says:

    Yes, it does depend on a fair amount of faith with joined up thinking happening within government. Having a lead contributor from Green Futures such as Jonathon Porritt on the Business Council would have shown smart joined up thinking. Green Futures is ahead of the game on pursuing sustainable business practices.

  4. earthpal says:

    Yep, the usual tax-shy suspects are all there in that list. Brown has always been in bed with big business. Nothing wrong with that if he considers the environment, the workers and the poor but big business is fundamentally anti-environmental, anti-trade justice and anti-union.

    He’s a big let-down!

  5. Pete Smith says:

    If the Council’s brief had been to get green business leaders in a room, one of my first choices would have been Anita Roddick, sadly no longer available.

  6. Pete Smith says:

    “Didn’t anyone tell you; without a healthy environment you have no economy.”

    Without a healthy economy you probably won’t have much of an environment either.

  7. matt says:

    Absolutely Pete.

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