Lotus receives prestigious award for Health and Safety excellence
(Hethel, UK – 23 February 2021) – Lotus has won a prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council. The sports car maker was one of only 66 organisations worldwide that received the award in 2020, and one of only two car manufacturers.
The Sword of Honour is given to companies which have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work. The scope of the award covers all Lotus’ UK sites – company HQ at Hethel, Norfolk; Vulcan Road and ASO in nearby Norwich; plus fabrication operations at Wellingborough and Worcester.
In order to compete for a Sword of Honour an organisation first has to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit scheme – something which Lotus completed last October.
Lotus has also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that it has achieved excellence in health and safety management. This covers every aspect of the business, from the production line to the boardroom.
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, added: “I would like to congratulate Lotus for its steadfast dedication to keeping its workplace safe and healthy. This year presented an additional and significant challenge in the form of Covid-19 and I pay tribute to Lotus for its hard work and commitment through these challenging circumstances.”
Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, commented: “We are delighted to receive this award from the British Safety Council. It is testament to the hard work and commitment of not only our Safety, Health & Environment team, but everyone employed at Lotus. These issues are hugely important to Lotus as we continue to transform the business and are everyone’s responsibility.”
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Group Lotus is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. It is part of Geely Automotive, the fastest growing automotive group in the world. Geely has a 51% controlling stake, with 49% owned by Etika Automotive, a Malaysian conglomerate.
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