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.

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 submissions 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.

Key Dates

Application submission deadline          Friday, 6 September 2019

Results emailed to applicants              Friday, 11 October 2019

Results available on website                Monday, 14 October 2019

Deadline to book luncheon                  Friday, 8 November 2019

Celebratory luncheon                          Friday, 22 November 2019

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.

Top tips and support

  • All answers require relevant reference to your Five Star Audit report
  • Thoroughly read the 2018 Chief Adjudicator's Report before starting and while drafting answers to each of the 4 application questions. The report highlights features of successful and unsuccessful applications in 2018
  • Adhere carefully to the marking scheme for each question
  • Questions must be answered in full
  • The response to each question must not exceed 750 words
  • Appendices and supporting documents will NOT be accepted
  • The submission should NOT incorporate images, tables, graphs (and similar). Where included, such content will be disregarded by the adjudicators

For further support please get in touch at awards@britsafe.org

Chief Adjudicator's reports 2018

Read the Chief Adjudicator's reports from last year's Sword and Globe of Honour awards below.


Additional Support for 2019

Additional Guidance: New for 2019

This guidance is specifically for applicants who have achieved maximum scoring within elements of the five-star audit process which are explicitly related to a particular question within the Sword/Globe of Honour application and will therefore have no recommendations for improvement within the audit report to reference:

Applicants should review the report to ensure there are no other areas of the audit which may have implicit recommendations related to the particular theme of the question. Further, they should outline within their response how they will continue to monitor the current arrangements (controls) for effectiveness and how they will ensure best practice technique (which by nature is dynamic) will be maintained.

Should further advice be required in relation to this issue, applicants can request formal clarification from the Policy and Technical Director through e-mail communication.

Awards@britsafe.org  Requests will be responded to within 3 days of receipt. Please note that only general clarification regarding the aforementioned issue(s) can be provided.