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Sword and Globe of Honour

The industry awards that celebrate and rewards those that have reached the pinnacle in the world of health, safety and environmental management. The award ceremony is about more than HSE excellence, and brings together hundreds of like-minded leaders in the sector. The awards celebrate the best of the best, they make the winners stand out in the global marketplace and give great companies the recognition they deserve.

Each year, business sites that have achieved a five-star result in one of the following audits are invited to apply:

  • Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit
  • Five Star Environmental Audit
  • Five Star Integrated Health, Safety and Environmental Audit
  • Combined Audit

With a direct link to our audits, these awards require a detailed and objective evaluation of your occupational health and safety and environmental management system(s) and associated arrangements.

To achieve a Sword or Globe of Honour, your organisation should be fully committed to both excellent
standards and continuous improvement. Applications are independently adjudicated by a panel of chartered professionals with marks split between your audit score (40%) and written application (60%).

"The prestigious British Safety Council 'Sword of Honour' award ceremony provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our safety efforts and celebrate our success. It also provides us with the assurance that we are doing things right, although there is always more we can do. The event provides excellent networking opportunities to talk and discuss issues with other safety professionals, priceless!"
Craig Barker, Head of Safety and Environment, National Express

Sword of Honour

The Sword of Honour award recognises commitments to excellent health and safety management standards. Any business site that has achieved five stars in our Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit is invited to apply.

Applications are independently adjudicated by a panel of chartered health and safety professionals. Once awarded a Sword of Honour, you can attend the prestigious Sword and Globe of Honour Luncheon. The score of the Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit is directly linked to the Sword of Honour application process, with a maximum of 40% of the marks awarded to each application.

The Trophy
The Sword of Honour trophy is a hand-crafted stainless steel ceremonial sword specially created for award winners. Each sword is engraved with the year it is presented.

Globe of Honour

The Globe of Honour award recognises a business site’s commitment to excellent environmental management standards. Any site that has achieved five stars in our Five Star Environmental Audit may apply.

Applications are independently adjudicated by a panel of chartered environmental professionals. Once awarded a Globe of Honour you can attend the prestigious Sword and Globe of Honour Luncheon. The score of the Five Star Environmental Audit is directly linked to the Globe of Honour application process, with a maximum of 40% of the marks awarded to each application.

The Trophy
The Globe of Honour is a hand-crafted, glass globe specially created for award winners. Each globe is engraved with the year it is presented.

Why apply?

"The achievement of winning the two awards coupled with the 5 star audit result is a very significant milestone in the development of our business. This process has provided good third party recognition for the achievements of the whole workforce in sustaining a culture of excellence in both compliance disciplines."
Mark Anderson, Maintenance Manager, Ricoh UK Products Ltd
  • Demonstrate your commitment to excellent standards
  • Establish your position as world leaders
  • Excellent networking opportunities as the luncheon brings together hundreds of like-minded leaders in the sector
  • Promote your achievement with the winners’ trophy, logo, certificate and press coverage
  • Add this achievement to your tenders and corporate literature
  • Motivate your workforce to strive for the highest standards

How to apply

Our Sword and Globe of Honour Awards schemes open in June each year. Organisations who have achieved a five-star result in one of our Five Star Audits are invited to apply.

"It was a wonderful experience participating in the awards ceremony and receiving the award. Inspires and motivates for continual improvement of health and safety at workplace."
Krishnan Bairavan, Vice President HSE, Reliance Life Sciences

Key dates

Monday 5 June - Scheme opens 
Friday 1 September - Deadline for submissions
Friday 6 October - Results emailed to applicants
Friday 20 October - Results enquiry deadline 
Friday 24 November - Winners' Luncheon

Eligibility criteria

Applying business sites must have achieved five stars in the British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit or Five Star Environmental Audit between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017. Each award has additional requirements outlined below.

Sword of Honour

Since 1 August 2016, the site must NOT:

  1. Have suffered any fatalities
  2. Been subject to any prohibition notices
  3. Been the subject of any convictions in relation to health and safety.

Globe of Honour

Since 1 August 2016 the site must NOT have had:

  1. An uncontrolled environmental incident/release
  2. A breach of the conditions of a permitted activity
  3. A non-compliance with any applicable environmental legislation.

 In addition, there must be no ongoing criminal proceedings or prosecutions pending in relation to health and safety or environmental issues at this site.

Result Enquiry

The British Safety Council endorses the right of organisations to enquire about their result. Procedures are in place to ensure that result enquiries are dealt with thoroughly and fairly.

A result enquiry may result in a grade being confirmed, raised or lowered. Where a grade is changed, the new grade will replace the original grade as final (whether this is higher or lower than the original).

Our Sword and Globe of Honour Awards schemes open in June each year. Should you have any queries, please contact our customer service team on +44 (0)20 3510 8355 or email customer.service@britsafe.org.