I could not find any previous questions on the effect of vanity awards compared to vanity publishers. I recently noticed a CV on a university website with a few awards of International Scientist of the Year, or something as such. I found the giver of this award as IBC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Biographical_Centre . It seems from the page to be criticism on the organization.
I am curious, how do these types of awards being listed effect the image of the Professor?
If it is bad for the image, is it worse than vanity press, since it requires no work at all (compared to having to write a manuscript, even if it is bad). Or is it not as bad because it doesn't look like passing off published work?
I am looking to know these answers to conclude if putting this type of award on a CV is beneficial, detrimental, or neutral in the general/international community.
For context, I know the Professor is in Asia, in which there is probably a good amount of pressure to come up with activities or awards for their career. For diplomatic reasons, we can assume someone nominated them for the award and they are unaware of the feedback on Wikipedia.