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Paris hosted this year’s BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention, where professionals and business leaders from around the world gathered to recognize excellence and success. In particular, the convention celebrated quality in business and operations. Award winners demonstrated commitment to the criteria of the QC100 TQM Model, which helps bolster customer satisfaction and cost efficiency across all areas of operation.

Among this year’s winners, Camilo Uribe and Bertha Cárdenas of Medellín City Services, from Colombia, received the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Paris. The organization has made huge strides this year as a leader not only within its sector, but also in Colombia. The Award came as an ideal way to celebrate this past year’s successes while looking forward to putting quality first in the year to come.

Paris, one of the largest cities in Europe, is considered one of the top three most important cities in the world due to its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts. Paris is home to some of the planet’s most important international organizations including UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Chamber of Commerce.  The Paris urban area boasts a population of over 11 million people and is home to 37 Fortune 500 companies. Its 3,800 historical monuments and 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites attract more than 42 million tourists per year, making Paris the most visited city in the world and the perfect location for BID’s Quality Commitment Convention.

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Medellín City Services won the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold category in Paris in the presence of leaders and representatives from 49 countries at the International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention. The prestigious award is presented in recognition of business excellence and innovation. From left to right: Norman Ingle, President of the Quality Mix, Prof. Dr. Alfonso C. Casal, Scientific Director of BID, Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Bertha Cárdenas, Legal Representative of Medellín City Services and Camilo Uribe, Owner of Medellín City Services.

Camilo Uribe stood before the gathering of international leaders, sharing the company’s achievements to date as well as its future ambitions and goals. Despite the difficult current global economic climate,Medellín City Services strives to excel in quality each day, creating a competitive advantage in its industry. For this reason, Medellín City Services won the 2016 BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris. The Award is presented by BID to those companies and organizations from around the world that best adhere to excellence and innovation in their practices, putting quality first at all levels of organization.

The companies honored in Paris were recognized not only for their entrepreneurial achievements, but also for their dedication to continuous improvement and innovation, key concepts of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Seeking to increase customer satisfaction and optimize efficiency, the model promotes an organizational culture of engagement and a proactive approach to improving processes.

All of the winning companies in Paris have expressed their commitment to the QC100 TQM Model, which serves as an excellent example for other organizations in today’s rapidly changing business environment. By making customer satisfaction the highest measure of quality, BID award winners set the benchmark in their respective sectors and contribute to the social and economic development of their countries, paving the way for world-changing initiatives. A key example can be seen through Medellín City Services, whose spirit of innovation and positive growth has overcome and indeed thrived in the challenging current global economic climate.

An ongoing commitment to Quality, one of the core requirements for receiving a BID Award, can be witnessed through the distinguished companies previously honored with a BID Quality Award. Companies which already share BID’s corporate seal are present in more than 170 countries and include world-renowned names on the Fortune Global 500 list such as: Operadora VIPS, of Wal-Mart Stores (1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (119); and Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (272).

Other previous BID winners worthy of mention include Turner Construction (USA); Haki (Sweden); Ansaldo Energy (Italy); Zepter (Austria); RAO-Unified Energy Systems (Russia); Als & Cachou-TBWA (France); Tata Group (India); Plamex-Plantronics (USA); Dogus Holding A.S. (Tukey); Franklin Electric (USA and Mexico); QMS International from the United Kingdom, FSUE VO “Safety” (Russia); and Viking Line (Finland).