The Fundamental Concepts of Excellence are the underlying principles of the EFQM Excellence Model which are the essential foundation of achieving Sustainable Excellence for any organisation. They can be used as the basis to describe the attributes of an excellent organisational culture. They also serve as a common language for senior management.
EFQM Members can find Good Practices per Fundamental Concept on our Knowledge Base.
Adding Value for Customers
Excellent organisations consistently add value for customers by understanding, anticipating and fulfilling needs, expectations and opportunities..
Creating a Sustainable Future
Excellent organisations have a positive impact on the world around them by enhancing their performance whilst simultaneously advancing the economic, environmental and social conditions within the communities they touch.
Developing Organisational Capability
Excellent organisations enhance their capabilities by effectively managing change within and beyond the organisational boundaries.
Harnessing Creativity & Innovation
Excellent organisations generate increased value and levels of performance through continual improvement and systematic innovation by harnessing the creativity of their stakeholders.
Leading with Vision, Inspiration & Integrity
Excellent organisations have leaders who shape the future and make it happen, acting as role models for its values and ethics.
Managing with Agility
Excellent organisations are widely recognised for their ability to identify and respond effectively and efficiently to opportunities and threats.
Succeeding through the Talent of People
Excellent organisations value their people and create a culture of empowerment for the achievement of both organisational and personal goals.
Sustaining Outstanding Results
Excellent organisations achieve sustained outstanding results that meet both the short and long term needs of all their stakeholders, within the context of their operating environment.