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International Award Programs

GEM (Global Excellence Model) Council

The Global Excellence Model (GEM) Council consists of organizations that are recognized globally as the guardians of premier excellence models and award programs in their geographic regions.

For Baldrige, GEM membership is a way of benchmarking our excellence model and award process with other programs. Since the first GEM Council meeting in 2000, member organizations have used this global fraternity to work on common concerns and guide future development. GEM Council members share learning and best practices, support and promote members' interests and activities, and participate in cross-national working groups.

GEM Council Mission

Through a formalized approach for sharing knowledge, expertise, and information, the members of GEM Council, as guardians of premier excellence models and award processes globally, enhance the value for their customers and other stakeholders by

  • Maintaining a leading-edge position on excellence models
  • Sensing business trends and external factors that impact the excellence models
  • Creating a global fraternity in the field of excellence
  • Exploring opportunities for new products/activities
  • Coordinating and sharing specific excellence award activities
  • Agreeing on consistent public communications on organizational excellence

GEM Council Members

Current members may recruit organizations to the GEM Council, or individual organizations may make a formal approach to one of the members.


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BOSS Getting Started for GEM (eLearning module)

Research undertaken on behalf of NIST by Musli Mohammed and Dr. Robin Mann:

National Quality / Business Excellence Awards in Different Countries (as of January 13, 2010) (MS-Excel)


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