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Presidential Award

In 2020, the Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence program and with support from the Department of Labor, created a new Presidential Award to recognize organizations demonstrating excellence in workforce training. This program responded to recommendations from the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force Report No.76 The Work Ahead, co-chaired for former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and to two Executive Orders based in part of that report: Executive Order 13853 titled “Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker” and Executive Order 13801, “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.”

On September 23, 2020, nine outstanding organizations were received the inaugural Presidential Award.  Each of the Pledge organizations’ applications demonstrated excellence as determined by a panel of Federal evaluators applying Baldrige-based criteria for organizational maturity in workforce education and training. 

  • American Hotel & Lodging Association 
  • Associated Builders and Contractors 
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation 
  • National Retail Federation 
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation 
  • Oberg Industries, LLC 
  • Textron Inc. 
  • Volkswagen Group of America 
  • Zurich North America 

Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

Created by Congress in 1987, the Baldrige Program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This unique public-private partnership is dedicated to helping organizations improve their performance and succeed in the global marketplace. The program also administers the Presidential Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program:
www.nist.gov/baldrige | 301.975.2036 | baldrige@nist.gov


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