EFQM Heading One of the Most Challenging Excellence Award Processes Globally

BRUSSELS, September 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

EFQM leads excellence and provides the most challenging Award process, recognising Role Model organisations around the globe.
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EFQM is a not for profit membership foundation with 25 years' experience of supporting organisations, from Europe and beyond, reach sustainable Excellence and even exceed it. With its carefully designed portfolio of services and a network strong of 30.000 organisations from all sectors, size and maturity, EFQM is recognised by institutions and acknowledged by leaders as a key partner to success.
The Assessment and Recognition scheme offered by EFQM, as part of its portfolio, provides organisations with a challenging and independent assessment of their performance across the EFQM Excellence Model at any point of their continuous improvement journey. It culminates with the EFQM Excellence Award Progamme (EEA) which recognises Role Model organisations in Europe and beyond. Reviewed last year to deliver the highest added value possible to organisations entering it, the Award is supported by one of the most challenging assessment process, making the recognition even more prestigious.
This year, the EFQM Excellence Award Jury recognised Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas as EFQM Excellence Award Winner 2016.
Leon Tossaint, EFQM CEO, comments this news: "Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas is a municipality that goes the extra mile for its citizens, sometimes delivering activities over and above its legal mandate to satisfy and exceed its customers' needs despite a sometimes difficult environment. The Jury recognised that Alcobendas demonstrates Role Model approaches, behaviour and results in various areas such as: Economic planning and management toward sustainability, responsible management and transparency but also Participation of its stakeholders in process and service design and decision of municipal policy. Alcobendas really shows what a model municipality should look like!"
EEA Applicants have all in common their passion for Excellence and the will to share their expertise with the rest of the EFQM Community. They all have been driving improvements across their organisation, step by step, for so many years that it became part of their DNA. Going through regular assessments ensures that they always have the external perspective allowing them to move forward and remain high-performing and competitive.
Any organisation with the ambition to drive excellence as a way to become a global leader is welcome most to enter the EFQM Assessment and Recognition scheme, and for the very best, even the EFQM Excellence Award Programme.
About the EFQM Excellence Award Programme
Award Applicants are excellent organisations with an indisputable track record of success in turning strategy into action and continuously improving their performance. The EFQM Excellence Award Programme is supported by one of the most challenging assessment processes. To assess organisations and identify role model practices, an international team of 5 to 7 experienced, specifically trained managers spend one week on site and an average of 500 hours in total per applicant. They review the management system and interview individuals as well as groups to analyse how effective the organisation is against the EFQM Excellence Model. The feedback report prepared by the assessors provide a wealth of value adding input to help the organisation improve at a strategic level. The reports are then presented to an independent jury that decides the level of recognition for each Nominee.



CONTACT: Cécile Collart, Cecile.collart@efqm.org, +32 2 775 3514

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