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INTERFACE WINS TOP UK SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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Interface has won the British Quality Foundation’s 2013 Achievement Award for Sustainable Future, sponsored by FirstGroup UK Rail. It was chosen as joint winner with Go-Ahead Group by an independent judging panel for its outstanding approach to sustainability.

Interface was presented with its award at the 2013 UK Excellence Awards Ceremony which took place on Thursday 17 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane. The event was hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Louise Minchin, and attended by guest of honour, John Cridland CBE, Director-General of the CBI.

Interface is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of commercial carpet tiles. In 1994 its chairman set a target to eliminate its environmental impacts by 2020. Called ‘Mission Zero’, this vision is expressed through a holistic, sustained stream of initiatives. The judging panel was impressed by the level of innovation in its product design and manufacturing processes, as well as the collaboration with suppliers and other organisations to help achieve the Mission Zero challenge.

The Achievement Awards are national annual awards that recognise exceptional achievement across an organisation’s main areas of operation. Alongside Go-Ahead, Interface is one of six organisations to win an Achievement Award in 2013 – the other four are CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, One Vision Housing and Skanska UK.

Joe Goasdoué, Chief Executive of the BQF, said: ‘Winning an Achievement Award is a tremendous result for any organisation. Interface‘s total dedication to sustainability permeates everything it does – it has set a demanding example for others to follow.’

More on the awards:

1.     UK Excellence Award Ceremony

The UK Excellence Award Ceremony is an annual event run by the British Quality Foundation and features the presentation of the UK Excellence Award, the Achievement Awards, the Lean Six Sigma Award and the Gold Medal Award for Excellence.

The 2012 ceremony took place on Thursday 25 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane. It was hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Louise Minchin, and attended by the BQF’s Patron, HRH the Princess Royal.

2.     UK Excellence Award

The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. Launched in 1994, it recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation. Entrants are assessed against the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30,000 organisations in Europe and beyond. It enables organisations to assess their degree of excellence and helps them to understand their key strengths and the areas for improvement. Previous winners include Ricoh UK Products Ltd, Siemens Healthcare and Wakefield & District Housing.

3.     Achievement Awards

The BQF Achievement Awards recognise outstanding performance in key areas of business activity such as Leadership, Customer Satisfaction and Innovation. Previous winners include GlaxoSmithKline, Skanska UK and Virgin Trains.

4.     Lean Six Sigma Award

The Lean Six Sigma Award recognises exceptional performance improvement projects based on Lean Six Sigma. Previous winners include BAA (Heathrow), Network Rail and Royal Mail.

5.     Gold Medal Award for Excellence

The Gold Medal for Excellence is presented annually by the BQF Board of Directors to an organisation that has shown outstanding and continued commitment to excellence over a number of years. Previous winners include the Probation Service, Siemens and TNT Express.

6.     British Quality Foundation

Founded in 1993 by Government and leading UK businesses, the British Quality Foundation (BQF) is an independent, not-for-profit, corporate membership organisation. With nearly 600 members spanning the public, voluntary and private sectors, it is the community for every business seeking excellent insights, tools and experiences to improve itself.

As a Primary Partner of EFQM, the BQF is the only organisation able to provide its full range of products and services in the UK. Its Patron is HRH The Princess Royal and current President is David Callaghan, Senior Vice President Alliances and Channels, Oracle Corporation Europe, Middle East and Africa.

More information

Please contact Joe Jennings on 020 7654 5003 or joe.jennings@bqf.org.uk.

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