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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.

What are the Sword and Globe of Honour?

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%).

Why and how you can apply

  • 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

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.

The 2017 Sword and Globe of Honour scheme is now closed. You may register your interest for the 2018 award, or attend this year's luncheon. 

Attend the Sword and Globe of Honour Luncheon 2017

Information for successful applicants

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).

Awards description

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.

Eligibility

Since 1 August 2017, 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.

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

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.

Eligibility

Since 1 August 2017 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.

"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
"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

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 Winner's Luncheon

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.