Sarawak Energy has been nominated for the Public Eye 'Award' 2014 over human rights and environmental issues surrounding its dam projects in the state, said the international NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).

It said that Sarawak Energy is nominated for, among others, violation of human and indigenous rights and environmental destruction for at least 12 projects.

“The company is currently implementing a series of at least 12 dams in Sarawak’s rainforest. The dams will flood at least 1,600 square kilometres of rainforest and displace tens of thousands of indigenous people,” the group said in a statement today.

According to the Public Eye’s official website, the award is a name-and-shame campaign by Greenpeace and the Berne Declaration against alleged disregard for corporate social responsibility.

It is held annually in Davos, Switzerland, as a parallel event to the World Economic Forum, which is scheduled to be held in January next year.

BMF said the award’s organisers have already accepted the nomination, which is also backed by local and international NGOs such as Suaram, Save Rivers Network, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and Tasmania’s Huon Valley Environment Centre.

An independent jury would decide next month whether it would be shortlisted for online voting, it said.

"The two worst companies of the year are elected by an independent jury and a public vote and then receive the so-called Public Eye Award."