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Georges Borel Awards


About Georges Borel

Georges Borel was born in 1911 and left this earth on September 29th, 1982.

He was one of the first quality managers in Europe and spent most of his career in the ITT group, where he was the first quality manager of its European subsidiary LMT. He was one of the mentors of Phil Crosby. He was the first in Europe to develop the zero default programs at the LMT plant in Rennes in 1967.

Georges Borel was founding member and president of European Organization for Quality, EOQ, from 1971 till 1973.
He suggested to Val Feigenbaum to create the International Academy for Quality, IAQ, where he was one of the 6 founding members with Val Feigenbaum, K. Ishikawa, Mr Koguré, J. Lancaster and F. Nixon.

Georges Borel was the first founder of the European quality movement and one of the creators of the European School for Quality.
Georges Borel was the first to combine management and quality control, technique and humanism. Although his expertise has been that of a scientist, Georges Borel knew that it is rarely the rational part that leads the world but mostly the irrational part and even more so the feelings, good or bad! But quality shouldn’t consider the needs, quality has to take things like they are and deal with them!

By definition, Georges Borel Award has born from the idea that the development and the promotion of the European Quality Movement is done by outstanding individuals who spend their time and energy in sharing their beliefs and knowledge for the benefit of the European Society.
The European Organization for Quality, EOQ, wants to show them recognition and to thank them for their contribution.

Georges Borel Award recognises individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission, which is: “Improve European society through the promotion of Quality in its broadest sense”.

Georges Borel Awards - New Approach

Beginning of 2012, EOQ defined new categories of Georges Borel awards:

  • Award/Medal to Governmental representatives
    It recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding accomplishment through successful promotion and deployment of quality at government level through their professional activities and behaviours and thus created a visible impact in the field of quality at government level in their own countries or at European level.
  • European Award/Medal
    It recognizes individuals who are at the edge of the development, use and diffusion of quality in Europe through their professional activities and behaviours and thus who have not only brought an outstanding contribution to the realization of EOQ mission at European level but also personally contributed to the development of the European Quality movement.
  • International Award/Medal
    It recognizes individuals who are at the edge of the development, use and diffusion of quality at international level through their professional activities and behaviours and thus who have not only brought an outstanding contribution to the realization of EOQ mission at international level but also personally contributed to the development of the European Quality movement through their accomplishments with a global impact in the field of quality.
YearGeorges Borel awardAwarded to:Place and date
2013EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Gregory H. WatsonTallinn/Estonia in June 2013
2012EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievementsJacques McMillanFrankfurt/Germany on June 14th, 2012

Georges Borel Award - History

  • Georges Borel Medal
    The Georges Borel Medal recognises individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission. The Georges Borel Medal has three categories:
    European Medal
    It recognises individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission and who are at the edge of the development and diffusion of quality in Europe through its activities and/or its behaviours.
    International medal
    It recognises  individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission and who have personally helped the development of the European Quality movement.
    Media medal
    It recognises  individuals who have understood, have the skill and have communicated the importance of the development of Quality in Europe through the media.
  • Georges Borel Diploma
    The Georges Borel diploma recognises individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission. It allows recognising individuals who have contributed in projects, working groups.

Europe
2002 Walter Masing and Jean François Zobrist
2004 Geert Bruyneel
2006 Niyazi Akdas
 
International
2003 Bob King
2005 Shoji Shiba
2006 Paul Borawski
 
Media
2003 John Humphrys
2006 Elisabeth Ballery