Almost 200 STC staff members have written an internal letter protesting the award, including senior regional staff. The letter said the award was not only “morally reprehensible, but also endangers our credibility globally”, and called for it to be withdrawn. See Guardian article.
The move has also raised questions about Save the Children’s integrity and independence because of close links between the former British prime minister and key figures at the charity’s helm.
Its UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years, and Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of STC.
An online petition calling for STC to revoke the award said many saw Blair “as the cause of the deaths of countless children in the Middle East”. It has gathered more than 88,000 signatures already.
Sign the petition here.
UK Chief Executive Forsyth’s salary came under scrutiny last year when it was disclosed that he was paid £163,000 a year, including more than £22,000 in performance-related pay. He has since taken a pay cut to £140,000.
Update 28th November 2014: Petition now at 115,000 signatures.