Sword and Globe of Honour

The Sword and Globe of Honour 2019 awards celebrate and reward those organisations that have reached the pinnacle of health, safety and environmental management. Organisations from around the world who have achieved the top grade in their British Safety Council Five Star Audit are invited to apply. The 2019 scheme is now closed, keep an eye out for the launch of the 2020 scheme.

Winners announced 

We congratulate this year’s winners of the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for their exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks. 

View the winners list

Read the 2019 Chief Adjudicators Reports 

What are the Sword and Globe of Honour awards?

These awards celebrate the best of the best, giving great companies the recognition that 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 the Five Star Audit report, these awards require a detailed and objective evaluation of occupational health, safety and environmental management system(s) and associated arrangements.

Benefits of the Sword and Globe of Honour awards

  • Demonstrate your commitment to excellent standards
  • 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 higher standards.

The scheme also gives winners the opportunity to network with hundreds of like-minded industry leaders at the celebratory luncheon.

Why apply

The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour represent the pinnacle of achievement in the world of health and safety management. Successful applicants, having already accomplished five stars in the British Safety Council Five Star Audit, demonstrate that they are among the 'best of the best' through the submission of a written application. Winners can celebrate their success at our luncheon at Merchant Taylors' Hall in the City of London on Friday 22 November 2019.

Application questions and marking criteria


Click here to read the full eligibility criteria for the Sword and Globe of Honour awards.

Application format and scheme notes

The application format requires applicants to answer a structured four-part question. Each sub-question must be answered in no more than 750 words and a maximum of 15 marks will be credited to each sub-question.


Click here to read the full details on applications and marking criteria.

Adjudication process and results

The written applications are marked by an independent panel of adjudicators appointed, trained and monitored by the British Safety Council. The adjudicators are all senior level environmental practitioners. A rigorous standardisation process ensures that each adjudicator applies the marking scheme in exactly the same way so that all applications are marked consistently to the same standard.

Click here to view the full criteria for the adjudication process and results.