The Deming Grand Prize

The Deming Grand Prize is an annual award presented to an organization such as a company, an institute, a division of a company and a headquarters office (organization, hereafter) that received the Deming Prize (including the former Deming Application Prize, Deming Application Prize for Small Companies, the Deming Application Prize for Divisions and the Quality Control Award for Operations Business Units) three or more years ago (counting January to December of the award year as one year), that has continuously applied TQM to priority issues and has been achieving its objectives steadily and effectively in a changing business environment.
However, the organizations wishing to apply for the Deming Grand Prize must carry out the TQM Diagnosis by the Deming Prize Committee no later than one year prior to the year of application. Please refer to “TQM Diagnosis by the Deming Prize Committee” for information.
More specifically, the Deming Prize Committee set the following criteria:

Organizations Qualified for Receiving the Deming Prize
The Deming Prize is given to applicant organizations that realize the following three particulars by means of TQM.

Under clear management policies that reflect its management principles, industry, business, scope and business environment, the company has established proactive customer driven business objectives and strategies based on social responsibility of the organization. And the top management exhibits leadership in their formulation.
TQM is being suitably utilized and implemented for the realization of business objectives and strategies mentioned under A) above.
As a result of B), along with achieving effect regarding business objectives and strategies of A) above, organizational ability required for future growth has been secured.

Focus points of the examination are how the applicant has continuously applied TQM in a prior manner. 

If the organization has new TQM activities that impact the way it manages its business, it is encouraged to include such activities - even if they are just at the trial stage - in the examination. Examples of these activities include quality creation, employee satisfaction improvement, environmental initiatives and international and social contributions. Such activities, however, are not required for the examination. If the applicant organization has them and chooses to include them, then they become subjects for evaluation.

An organization that wins the Deming Grand Prize is presented with the Certificate of Merit and the Deming Grand Prize Medal. The examination for the Deming Grand Prize is conducted by the Deming Prize Examination Committee and the decision of award is made by the Deming Prize Committee.

How to apply for the Deming Prize

—Due date: February 20th
The application form must be completed and submitted with necessary documents as well as the application fee.
The application deadline is February 20th.


The Deming Prize Examination Committee examines and selects the candidates for the Prize.
A document examination will be carried out based on the Description of TQM Practices submitted by the applicant organization. If the applicant organization passes the document examination, an on-site examination will be conducted. The Committee makes judgment according to the evaluation criteria and reports the results to the Deming Prize Committee.
The examination process is not open to the public, and all possible measures are taken to ensure the confidentiality of applicant organizations.


Determination of the winners

—Mid October
According to the report by the Committee, the Deming Prize Committee determines the winners of the Prize and notifies them.
In the event that the applicant has not attained passing points, final judgment is reserved and, unless the applicant requests withdrawal, the status is considered as “continued examination.” Subsequent examinations are limited to twice during the next three years.


Public announcement of the winners

—Mid October
After the Prize winners have been determined by the Deming Prize Committee as mentioned above, the winners are announced through the proper JUSE publication media with the reasons for receiving the Prize.


Award ceremony

—Mid November
The winners receive the Deming Grand Prize Medal with an accompanying Certificate of Merit from the Deming Prize Committee. The winners also receive a written report on the examination findings (including recommendations for future improvement of their TQM activities.)


Winners Presentations by prize winners

The Winners Presentations will take place after the award ceremony.

Status Report and Post-Prize Review Three Years after Receiving the Prize

The prize winner is requested to submit a short report on the status of its TQM practices three years after having received the prize. As a rule, post-prize review for about one-day will be conducted based on the report.
In lieu of this review, the prize winner may also choose the following to further promote and develop its TQM:
1) To receive TQM Diagnosis by the Deming Prize Committee Members.
2) To receive the examination for the Deming Grand Prize (former Japan Quality Medal). (the TQM diagnosis by the Deming Prize Committee is mandatory at least one year prior to your desired year of application.)
As for the details, please contact the Secretariat for the Deming Prize Committee.

For more detailed information about the application procedures and the examination criteria, please refer to “The Application Guide for the Deming Prize the Deming Grand Prize”.