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International Award Programs

Global Excellence Council

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

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


The GEC helps organizations improve the effectiveness of excellence programs to benefit all stakeholders.


The GEC defines and promotes excellence to improve the competitiveness organizations across the globe.

Global Excellence Council Members

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


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Created March 30, 2010, Updated November 15, 2019