The New Zealand Best Practice Competition (NZBPC) encourages organizations to share their best operational and managerial practices, processes, systems, and initiatives and learn from the experience of others. Whilst the NZBPC is a competition its main purpose is to facilitate organizational learning and assist organisations to improve their practices.

Best practices can be on any aspect of work that your organisation excels at. For example, crisis management, remote working, employee well-being, sustainability, response time, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, teamwork, customer service, branding, social responsibility, governance, future foresight, knowledge management, product development, customer focus or supplier relationships.

You are encouraged to submit your practices for assessment and improvement. The competition provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing the introduction and deployment of best practices.

This year, all New Zealand Best Practice Competition entrants will have two opportunities for recognition as they will also be entered into the International Best Practice Competition at no extra cost. The International Best Practice Competition as it is staged earlier will identify those practices that qualify to the final of the New Zealand Best Practice Competition.

In addition to the NZBPC, organisations are encouraged to apply for:

New Zealand’s Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Excellence Award

This award recognises organisations that have embraced sustainability into their business model and way of operations. The criteria explores all facets of the organisation and seeks evidence that a positive impact has been achieved in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance.  This award is more holistic and comprehensive than the NZ Best Practice Competition and provides a solid foundation for organisation’s aspiring to achieve business excellence.

Further information on this award can be obtained here.

History of the Awards

The New Zealand Best Practice Competition was founded by the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER) in 2012 when the first competition was held as part of the World Business Capability Congress. The competition follows the same format and feeds into the International Best Practice Competition.

The New Zealand Best Practice Competition was dormant until its re-birth at the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation (NZBEF)‘s conference in 2021. The award is organised by COER with the support of NZBEF.

The New Zealand Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Excellence Award was founded by the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER) and QLBS in 2022. The award is organised by COER and QLBS with the support of NZBEF.

The NZBEF are the driving force for business excellence within New Zealand having been established in 1992 with a remit to run the New Zealand Business Excellence Awards (currently on hold) and serve to raise the level of excellence across all organisation’s in NZ using internationally recognised frameworks and systems. The NZBEF continue to be the premier body of knowledge in NZ on business excellence.

 

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