CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence, instituted jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Export Import Bank of India in the year 1994, is the most prestigious Award in India for Excellence that an Indian company can aspire for. The Award is based on a comprehensive model focusing on the Organisation’s performance and transformation under seven different criteria, which are further divided into twenty five parts. It is not given for specific products or services. To be an Award winner, a company must demonstrate excellence in results with respect to its various stakeholders (customers, employees, society and share holders) through excellence in processes and people.

Global Excellence Council

The Global Excellence Council consists of Organisations that are recognised globally as the guardians of premier Excellence Models and Award processes in their specific geographical region/area or trading block. These not-for-profit Organisations provide mutual learning and sharing of good practices and initiatives, and maintain direct access to the private and public sectors. They place their Excellence mission above short-term commercial exploitation.

GEM Council members support and promote the interests and activities of GEM, participate in cross-national working groups and acknowledge the mutual benefits of sharing and learning activities. The ambition of the GEM Council is to ultimately secure membership from each significant geographical region/trading block across the globe.

GEM Council Mission Statement

Through a formalised approach for sharing knowledge, experience and information, the members of GEM Council, as guardians of Premier Excellence Models and Award processes globally, enhance the value for their customers and other stakeholders by :

  • Maintaining a leading edge position on Excellence Models
  • Sensing business trends and external factors which impact the Excellence Models
  • Creating a global fraternity in the field of Excellence
  • Exploring opportunities for new products/activities
  • Coordinating and sharing specific Excellence Award activities
    Agreeing consistent public communications on Organisational Excellence

Current members of the GEM Council

  • Australian Organisational Excellence Foundation AOEF (Australia)
  • Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (USA)
  • CAQ (China)
  • CII-IQ (India)
  • DGEP (United Arab Emirates)
  • EFQM (Europe)
  • FNQ (Brazil)
  • FUNDIBEQ (Iberian Peninsula and Latin America)
  • IFCT (Mexico)
  • JQA (Japan)
  • Malaysia Productivity Corporation (Malaysia)
  • SPRING Singapore (Singapore)




Excellent Organisations achieve and sustain superior levels of performance that meet or exceed the expectations YEARS of all their stakeholders

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded in 1895 and celebrating 125 years in 2020, India’s premier business association has more than 9100 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 291 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

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