The EFQM Excellence Award is organised once a year and it is designed to recognise Europe's best performing organisations, whether private, public or non-profit. It recognises industry leaders with an indisputable track record of success in turning strategy into action and continuously improving their organisation's performance.
Organisations describe the Award as "like playing in the Champions League", because it is supported by one of the most rigorous assessment processes based on the EFQM Excellence Model. A team of international managers with different backgrounds spend one week on applicants‚Äô site, or an average of 500 hours interviewing people at all levels and analysing the organisation's performance.
The feedback from the assessor teams are then presented to an independent jury that decides the level of recognition for each Nominee. To win the EFQM Excellence Award, an applicant must be able to demonstrate that their performance not only exceeds that of their peers, but also that they will maintain this advantage into the future. A prize winner is an organisation which demonstrates role model behaviour in one of the 8 Fundamental Concepts of Excellence:
The winners of the EFQM Excellence Award are announced at the Gala Dinner during the annual EFQM Forum.
"The EFQM Excellence Award process is essential to our continued journey towards excellence. The outputs we received from the 2010 process were of the highest quality and deeply incisive. We have taken those outputs and plugged them straight into our continuous improvement programme. In addition the caliber of individuals involved in the assessment was outstanding, a stellar cast of Europe's finest practitioners of excellence. In summary for us the process was an outstanding experience."
Finbarr Downling - Managing Director, Siemens, United Kingdom
Applicants must hold a current 5-star EFQM Recognised for Excellence, issued within the last 2 years by EFQM or one of our Partners, before they can enter the Award process. For companies headquartered outside Europe, please contact us.
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