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Recognising the best performers in occupational health and safety worldwide

14 June 2016

British Safety Council has launched the 2016 Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards to recognise and celebrate health, safety and environmental management excellence worldwide.


The 2016 awards mark the 37th year of the Sword of Honour, awarded for health and safety management excellence, and the seventh year of the Globe of Honour, awarded for best practice in environmental management. 

These two awards are open to business units and sites from all countries and business sectors who have achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s independent Five Star health, safety and environmental management audits in the period 1 August 2015 – 31 July 2016. 

To be awarded a Sword of Honour or Globe of Honour, an organisation must be able to demonstrate to an independent adjudication panel that it has a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom.

Mike Robinson, CE of the British Safety Council, said: “The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards shine a light on businesses which are at the forefront of achieving safe, healthy and sustainable workplaces and business practices. The awards celebrate their efforts and encourage other organisations worldwide to follow their lead. 

“The British Safety Council’s vision is that no one should be injured or made ill at work. Currently, 6300 people die every day globally as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, contributing to over 2.3 million deaths per year. The economic cost of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4% of global Gross Domestic Product each year (source: ILO). This demonstrates that there is still a great challenge ahead of us to convince business leaders around the world that investing in good health, safety and environmental management is a social imperative that also makes business sense.” 

The closing date for applications is 2nd September 2016 and the results will be announced on 7th October 2016. The winning organisations will be invited to a celebratory luncheon on Friday 25th November 2016 at the historic Drapers’ Hall in the City of London. More details can be found at: www.britsafe.org/events/sword-and-globe-honour-luncheon