The Walter L. Hurd Foundation is a nonprofit-making organization established to promote the interchange of quality methodologies throughout Asia and all countries bordering on the Pacific. The Foundations funds and activities are managed by the Asian Pacific Quality Organizations (APQO). The APQO is a twenty year old nonprofit-making umbrella-type organization that has brought together all professional quality organizations that border on the Pacific Ocean. It includes organization representing countries like Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Vietnam. It is incorporated and headquartered in Manila, Philippines.
The Foundation is named after Walter L. Hurd to honor his many contributions and continuous interest in furthering the quality movement in the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The Harrington/Ishikawa Medal is presented annually to a quality professional that has distinguished himself/herself as a person who has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of quality methodologies in the Asia Pacific region.
Requirements to be Considered for the Harrington/Ishikawa Professional Medal
The nominee must, within the Asia Pacific region:
- Have personal contributions to the advancement of the quality movement.
- Have some uncompensated activities to support the dissemination of quality methodologies.
- Have recognition and awards presented to the nominee in support of the quality movement.
- Have dedicated time and effort in support of the quality movement. Have personal impact on advancing the state of the art quality.
- Have papers and books published that advanced the quality profession.