News: SBID shuns The Dorchester over human rights policy

By Elspeth Pridham
April 17, 2019

The Society of British & International Design (SBID) has decided to relocate its International Design Awards and the 2020:Meet The Buyer events away from the Dorchester hotel. In a statement the Society says, “SBID do not support the law imposed in Brunei against the LGBT community. As a standard bearer organisation for the interior design industry we believe in equality, diversity and as a business we actively promote best practice standards. Having reviewed venue choices for 2019 and in light of the ongoing human rights issues in Brunei, we have taken the decision to relocate away from The Dorchester.’

SBID is keen to stress the decision is no reflection on the operational staff of the hotel. A new venue is yet to be finalised.