The British Safety Council presented the prestigious Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks to 55 organisations from across the world at a recent celebratory luncheon at Drapers’ Hall.
The winning businesses for 2014 are drawn from countries as diverse as the UK, Austria, India and the United Arab Emirates, and were recognised for excellence in protecting people’s health and safety at work (the Sword of Honour), and exceptional environmental and sustainability performance (the Globe of Honour).
Presenting the awards, Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to the 50 businesses who won the Sword of Honour and the five who won the Globe of Honour for 2014.
“The winning organisations are united in their belief that everyone has a right to a safe and healthy workplace and that businesses have a duty to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. These awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of businesses and their employees from around the world who are at the forefront of health, safety and environmental best practice.
“The British Safety Council vision is that no one should be injured or made ill at work, anywhere in the world, but with over 2.3 million people still senselessly killed globally every year due to work-related injury and ill health, it is clear there is still a huge task ahead to convince all business leaders that good health and safety and environmental management is vital and makes good business sense.
“I congratulate this year’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour winning businesses and their employees, and hope their achievements will inspire other organisations globally to strive to give workers' health and safety the priority it deserves and to achieve sustainable business practices.”
The winning organisations came from a wide range of sectors including construction, education and training, energy generation and distribution, financial services, food and drink, leisure, logistics, major hazards, manufacturing, motor vehicle manufacture, retail and transport. This shows that good health safety and environmental management is good for organisations in all sectors.
The British Safety Council paid particular tribute to four organisations who won the ‘double’ – both the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour. These were: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Unipart Consumer Logistics – Cowley; Qatargas Operating Company Limited, Commercial & Shipping Group; and Norec Ltd – Liverpool Bulk Handling Terminal.
The 2014 awards mark the 35th consecutive year the British Safety Council has awarded the Sword of Honour for health and safety management excellence, and the fifth year of awarding the Globe of Honour for excellence in environmental management.
The winners had all achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s audit scheme in the period August 2013 – July 2014. They have also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent at managing their health and safety and/or environmental risks throughout the organisation – from the shopfloor to the boardroom.
The full list of winners is available at: www.britsafe.org/awards/sword-honour-0 and https://www.britsafe.org/awards/globe-honour-0