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. Applications for the 2021 scheme are now open.

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.


The application submission deadline is 15 November 2021 for Five Star Audits completed by 15 September 2021.

(Covid has had a significant impact on audits throughout 2021 and we can offer an extension to organisations where audits were completed between 16 September and 31 October 2021. Please contact the awards team at [email protected] who will confirm your submission deadline.)

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Why apply?

Successful Sword and Globe applicants demonstrate that they are among the 'best of the best' through the submission of a written application and achieving their Five Star Audit. The awards give winners the opportunity to;

  • Promote their success with the winners' trophy, logo, certificate, and press coverage

  • Add this achievement to tenders and corporate literature

  • Showcase their commitment to excellent health and safety standards

  • Motivate their workforce to strive for higher standard

  • Benchmark themselves against others in their field.
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Key Dates

15 November 2021 Application submission deadline for audits completed by 15 September 2021 (an extended deadline will be offered to clients where audits were completed between 16 September and 31 October 2021)
17 December 2021 Results emailed to applicants
20 December 2021 Winners list published
07 January 2022 Result enquiry deadline
11 February 2022 Trophy and plaque orders deadline


Supporting Resources

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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.

Application questions and marking criteria