The Baldridge National Quality Award is a distinction awarded to organizations in the United States that have done outstanding work in the fields of non-profit, education, health care, and business. It was first awarded in 1988, and it is the only distinction of its kind for both private and public organizations. It is given to a company by the President of the United States, and the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program administers the distinction. During any year, up to 18 of these awards can be given. This award is named after Malcolm Baldridge who was the Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until 1987. The purpose of this award is to promote awareness about the excellent work being done by various businesses and to increase corporate competitiveness.
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