|The Walter L. Hurd Foundation (WLHF) was set-up to honor the memory of one of APQO's staunchest supporters. Its initial project was to recognize annually the world's greatest quality leaders and excellent companies.
A gold medal is awarded, based on a well-defined set of criteria, to the Walter L. Hurd Executive who is recognized for excellence in management, and to the Harrington / Ishikawa Professional for excellence in quality-related researchers or publications and/or in academic pursuits.
The Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) is given only to a company which had already won the national quality award in its home country and which had passed the rigorous final screening by the GPEA Council. The GPEA will, thus, set a new quality benchmark for the Asia Pacific region.