Unipart is one of only four in the world to win top safety awards

Unipart is one of only four organisations worldwide to have won both the British Safety Council’s prestigious Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour in 2014.

This is the third year in a row that Unipart has won both awards for excellence in Health and Safety and Environmental Management.

Unipart has won six Swords of Honour from the British Safety Council in 2014 for excellence in the management of health and safety.

In 2014, only 50 Swords of Honour were awarded to organisations worldwide. The six Unipart sites that won Swords of Honour were:

  • Unipart Logistics Cowley
  • UTL Nuneaton
  • UTL Magna Park
  • UTL Baginton
  • Unipart Logistics Honeybourne
  • Unipart Logistics Baginton

To win the award, all of the sites demonstrated their proven commitment to outstanding workplace safety and the well-being of employees.

In addition to the Swords of Honour, Unipart Logistics Cowley was also awarded the coveted Globe of Honour for environmental management excellence in 2014.

Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to Unipart for achieving six prestigious Swords of Honour for an extremely impressive second year in a row and in particular to Unipart Logistics Cowley who went on to win the Globe of Honour. These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health, safety and environmental risks.

“What all of the Sword and Globe winning organisations share is a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management and to keep their employees and those affected by their work activities healthy and safe. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.

“This recognition of Unipart is testament to its determined and structured approach to maintaining the highest standards possible in health, safety and environmental management. We look forward to working with Unipart in the future to help share best practices across the logistics sector and beyond.”

Commenting on the awards, Frank Burns, Managing Director of Unipart Logistics, said: “These awards demonstrate Unipart’s continued commitment to the highest standards of health, safety and environmental risk management. It shows both our existing and potential clients that through The Unipart Way – which is our standard way of working across the group and within which our safety management procedures are embedded – we can maintain world class operations whilst still ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees.

“To get six of our sites recognised in this way is an immense achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees at the winning sites for ensuring that health, safety and environmental management has the highest priority. This fantastic accolade marks them out as amongst the best in the world for our approach to health and safety, and is an award of which we should be very proud.”

To compete for the Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour, the Unipart sites first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s audit scheme in the period August 2013 – July 2014. They also had to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts their excellence in their health and safety and environmental management throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom.

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Notes to editors:

About Unipart Group

Unipart Group has an annual turnover of more than £1billion. It is a leading UK manufacturer, full service logistics provider and consultant in operational excellence. Operating across a range of market sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, mobile telecoms, rail, retail and technology, Unipart offers a breadth of services from third party logistics to expert consultancy.

All Unipart sites operate according to The Unipart Way. This is a philosophy of working underpinned by tools and techniques that inspires efficiency, flexibility and outstanding customer service in any process.

The company, which is based in Oxford in the UK, has a growing number of international sites supporting a wide range of blue chip clients. For more information


About Unipart Logistics

Unipart Logistics is part of the Unipart Group of Companies, one of Europe’s leading providers of outsourced logistics and distribution services. The Unipart Group operates in market sectors including leisure, marine, manufacturing, mobile telecoms, rail, retail and technology. For more information visit www.unipartlogistics.co.uk

About UTL

UTL, part of Unipart Logistics, is a leading provider of logistics, field and repair solutions. It specialises in mobile telecoms, consumer electronics and retail. For more information visit www.utl.co.uk

About the British Safety Council

For more than half a century the British Safety Council has been a trusted guide to excellent health, safety and environmental management. It has educated millions of workers and made hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer for everyone. It does this by sharing information, supporting, advising, educating and campaigning. It is not-for-profit.

The British Safety Council has set out the five steps and the supporting actions it believes are essential to ensure healthy and safe work activities in its manifesto Working Well – see: www.britsafe.org/manifesto

For further information about the British Safety Council go to www.britsafe.org or contact the British Safety Council customer service team on (Tel) +44 (0)20 8741 1231 or customer.service@britsafe.org

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