Sword and Globe of Honour

The Sword and Globe of Honour 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 Five Star Audit are invited to apply. The 2020 scheme is now closed.

The 2020 scheme is now closed. We congratulate all our winners of this year's scheme. 

View the winners list
Read the 2020 Chief Adjudicator's report 

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, those 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.

Update: COVID-19

As with other organisations around the world, at British Safety Council the Executive Team has been working ‘around the clock’ to plan as best we can for this uncertain future. With the best will in the world though, this will affect the timings of the 2020 Sword and Globe of Honour Awards. Many organisations are rightly focused on more immediate concerns like protecting your people and your organisation from the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

To help in this process, we are currently restructuring delivery of our Five Star Audit product into two phases, with the first phase to be delivered remotely and an interim report produced. It is currently envisaged that we will not be able to deliver face-to-face audits until at least June or July 2020 though. With that in mind, we are extending the deadline for completion of 2020 award applications from the planned date of 4 September until 4 December, to allow time for audits to be completed and applications to be sent.

As the world slowly gets back to normal, we will send out further communications on completing Sword and Globe of Honour applications. When the time comes, we strongly recommend that you complete your application within 4 weeks, whilst the outcome of the audit is fresh in your mind.

Why apply?

Successful applicants demonstrate that they are among the 'best of the best' through the submission of a written application. The awards give winners the opportunity to;

  • Promote their achievement with the winners' trophy, logo, certificate and press coverage
  • Add this achievement to  tenders and corporate literature
  • Motivate their workforce to strive for higher standards.

Application questions and marking criteria


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

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.