The News Business Excellence Awards sponsor wins big at international awards

ONE of the city’s biggest firms has been awarded with a prestigious international award.

By Hope Mckellar
Thursday, 28th November 2019, 2:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 5:43 pm
Eddie Paton, head of SHE at Bae Systems Naval Ships accepting the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour.
Eddie Paton, head of SHE at Bae Systems Naval Ships accepting the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour.

BAE Systems’ Naval Ships arm of the business was presented the Sword and Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council at an awards ceremony held on Friday, November 22 at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Firms from around the world were presented with the awards, which celebrate exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks and bring together hundreds of like-minded leaders in the sector.

The British Safety Council paid particular tribute to eight organisations that won the double award, meaning they took home both the Sword and Globe of Honour - one of which was BAE Systems.

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Eddie Paton, head of SHE at BAE said: ‘We are clear in our commitment to making sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day. The British Safety Council’s vision is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work, which we fully support. This award recognises that all our employees from Glasgow to Portsmouth put their health and safety and environmental protection above all else. This is a great achievement and we’re immensely proud to be one of only seven companies worldwide to have won both the Sword and Globe of Honour this year.’

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the council said: ‘I feel very privileged to celebrate with them their truly tremendous achievements in the knowledge that they set the standards for the rest of the world in terms of health, safety and environmental management, and increasingly also workplace wellbeing. Importantly, they are committed to continual improvement of their already excellent record.’

The winning organisations came from a wide range of industry sectors from around the world, including construction, education and training, energy generation, food and drink, leisure, logistics, manufacturing, retail and transport.

This year marks the 40th year that the council has presented the Sword of Honour award and the 10th that it has presented the Globe of Honour.

The sword of Honour is awarded to firms that demonstrate excellence in health and safety and the Globe of Honour is awarded to those that demonstrate excellence in environmental management.

BAE Systems is sponsoring the Company CSR Initiative of the Year category at this year’s Business Excellence Awards, which will be held on Friday, February 21.

Spread across 14 categories, the awards celebrate the best in business across the region.

The deadline to enter your or someone else’s business is Friday, November 29.