PRESIDENTIAL ACCOLADE: Nestlé Purina employees are working in one of the most innovative organisations in the United States
Nestlé Purina PetCare today received the highest presidential honour in the United States for excellence in innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
The Company triumphed as the first consumer packaged goods producer, and the first pet food manufacturer, to be crowned with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Pat McGinnis, Chief Executive Officer, for Nestlé Purina in the United States, said: “The passion that Nestlé Purina employees and associates extend to enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them is directly responsible for our designation as one of the country’s leading and most innovative businesses.”
Naming the Company as one of seven outstanding organisations to receive the 2010 award, United States Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, added: "Today we honour the country's most innovative organisations and the people who make them great.
"This year's recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award embody the ingenuity and creativity that characterises the American spirit. Innovation is at the heart of American job creation, competitiveness and global strength, and the accomplishments of these outstanding leaders are an inspiration to us all.”
Named after the United States’ 26th Secretary of Commerce, the award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the performance of American businesses.
It recognises an organisation that has achieved excellence in all aspects of its work while contributing to nationwide advancements in innovation and economic competitiveness.
Originally awarded only to manufacturers, service companies and small businesses, in 1999 Congress expanded the programme to include education and health care organisations, and again in 2007 to include non-profit organisations such as charities, trade and professional associations, and government agencies.
To be eligible for the prestigious honour, Nestlé Purina PetCare was one of 83 applicants to be rigorously assessed by independent board of examiners.
This involved around 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit to measure the Company’s performance in seven categories. These were: leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, process management, and results.
Nestlé Purina PetCare and the other 2010 Baldrige Award recipients are expected to be presented with their awards in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. next year.
Promoting responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets, Nestlé Purina PetCare is a global leader in the pet care industry. Its headquarters are based in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States.