KAIZEN™ Award USA & Canada

Top organizations are awarded for the outstanding implementation of KAIZEN™ principles and practices.

Kaizen Institute North America is pleased to announce the 1st edition of the KAIZEN™ Award USA & Canada to recognize superior KAIZEN™ and Lean organizations. Top organizations will be awarded for their outstanding, innovative, and effective implementation of KAIZEN™ principles and practices.


Digital & Smart Operations Award

In an era where digital innovation is paramount, the Digital & Smart Operations category celebrates organizations leading the way in digital transformation. It highlights achievements in integrating advanced technologies like AI, IoT, machine learning, and data analytics into operational processes, thereby enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and scalability. Entrants in this category demonstrate not just technological adoption but also how these digital solutions have significantly improved their operations and customer experience.
The Digital and Smart Operations Award acknowledges organizations that have effectively harnessed the power of digital tools to transform traditional operational models, avoiding waste automation. Whether automating processes, optimizing supply chains, or employing data analytics for better decision-making, this category recognizes the pioneers setting new standards in digital operations.

Sustainability Award

ESG should not be seen as a standalone area, but rather as a systematic approach that involves everyone, every day, and in all areas within an organization. In this category, we will acknowledge companies that have defined a sustainability strategy with quantified impacts on any of the three components of ESG as follows:
Environmental – Projects that show a significant reduction in water and energy consumption, and waste reduction, as well as a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. In addition, consideration will be given to initiatives promoting a circular economy and eco-friendly products.
Social – Socially impactful projects developed in collaboration with employees, customers, and the wider community, emphasizing issues such as labor relations, human capital development, talent acquisition and retention, and customer well-being.
Governance – Projects impacting Governance models, involving initiatives taken within supply chain management and relationships with providers, risk management, transparency, accountability, and business ethics.

Lean 6 Sigma Award

The Lean 6 Sigma category acknowledges organizations that have achieved excellence in process improvement and quality management. It focuses on companies that have successfully implemented Six Sigma methodologies to reduce defects, improve quality, and enhance customer satisfaction. Entrants should demonstrate how their Six Sigma initiatives have led to significant improvements in efficiency and performance.
Highlighting quality and effectiveness, the successful Six Sigma projects had a profound impact on business outcomes. It is a tribute to statistical excellence, methodical process improvements, and relentless focus on quality, setting these organizations apart in their respective industries.

Lean Construction Management Award

The Lean Construction Management category acknowledges organizations that have effectively applied lean principles to the construction industry. It recognizes achievements in minimizing waste, optimizing resources, and enhancing value in construction projects. Some of the methodologies used include the stage-gate model.
Entrants in this category should demonstrate how they have applied lean thinking to streamline construction processes, improve project delivery times, and increase overall project value. It is about acknowledging those who have challenged traditional construction norms and have successfully implemented lean strategies to bring about tangible improvements in project outcomes.

OPEX Award

Higher costs, more demanding consumers, increased competition, and an ever-changing environment are some of the circumstances companies face on a daily basis.
To achieve operational excellence and success, organizations have to direct their efforts on maximizing operations performance and securing efficiency in terms of productivity, quality, and cost reduction. It also involves preparing themselves to respond to shifting market conditions and consumer demands.
This category encompasses projects that accomplished better effectiveness levels, simplified processes, and lead time reduction, among others.


Submit your application on the following link: https://forms.office.com/e/yXmLyWhgNn

  • Projects conducted within the USA and Canada, concluded within the last two years.
  • Candidate projects may have received other awards.
  • Projects already acknowledged in previous editions of the KAIZEN Awards will not be accepted.
  • Further information about the project can be added (e.g. indicators, pictures, videos).


  • The jury is made up of Kaizen Institute members and partner entities.
  • If the jury considers that the project does not fit the category for which it has been submitted, it may, with the consent of the candidate, reassign the project to another category.
  • The initial application analysis is based on the application form. A company visit may be carried out for applications moving to the second stage.
  • The criteria for analyzing and selecting projects include several elements such as actions implemented, the improvement methodology used, and the results achieved.
  • The jury will select the laureates from each category. In addition, the jury reserves the right not to award prizes if it considers that none of the entries meets the minimum requirements of the established criteria.


Application deadline: April 30, 2024.

Award Ceremony

More information about the ceremony will be communicated shortly.


If you have any questions regarding the evaluation process or the ceremony, please contact us by email: us@kaizen.com

Objectives of the KAIZEN™ Awards

Recognise organisations taking the lead in implementing KAIZEN™.

Drive Continuous Improvement efforts.

Inspire change among industry leaders.

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