ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jabil (NYSE: JBL), a leading product solutions company, has been awarded a 2015 Gold Quill Merit Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for their internal communications and employee engagement program, the Deliver Best Practices competition. The Gold Quill Awards recognize business communication excellence and are acknowledged as the most prestigious awards in the industry.
“The Deliver Best Practices Competition was created to engage employees in building a continuous improvement culture and to ensure that Lean Six Sigma is top-of-mind. It’s great to be recognized for the success of our program with such a prestigious award,” said Beth Walters, Jabil’s Senior Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations. Walters leads Jabil’s Communications team that developed and manages this annual continuous improvement competition.
Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 4000 teams have competed in four competition categories: Customer Satisfaction, Human Development, Operational Excellence and Social & Environmental Responsibility. The teams compete at three rounds (Plant, Sub-Regional and Regional) before advancing to the Preliminary and Final round of the Global Competition. During the last two rounds, the top 32 finalist teams send representatives to Jabil’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida to present their projects to Jabil’s executives and to spend a week getting to know colleagues from other Jabil teams and sites.
“This awesome competition recognizes the absolute best and most impactful ideas throughout the company. It’s grown to be an annual celebration of incredible creativity and innovative thinking,” said Mark Mondello, Jabil’s Chief Executive Officer. “For me, the day in which we formally listen and select the winners from our exceptional group of worldwide finalists, is one of my favorite days of the year!”
By leading or participating in projects, employees directly impact Jabil’s operations through improved customer satisfaction, enhanced quality and efficiency, employee engagement and satisfaction. Employees report professional and personal growth including acquiring new skills and knowledge, improving their teamwork talents and generating greater visibility for their projects among peers and executive management. “I think Deliver Best Practices is more than just a competition. It is a platform to share Jabil’s culture. It really provides a chance for us to be proud of working for such a great company,” said Amy Shen a Jabil employee from Taichung’s Design operation and Human Development category winner of the 2014 Deliver Best Practices.
“We had consistent feedback from evaluators that this year they were seeing some of the best work they’d seen in years,” said Priya Bates ABC MC, 2015 International Gold Quill Chair. “We’re thrilled to see the industry embracing the significant impact communicators can have on business outcomes. “That’s where Gold Quill winners can be justly proud of their achievements. Gold Quill sets out to recognize communication that meets a business need – either solving a problem, working through an issue, or maximizing an opportunity. It’s not just about attractive execution, we look for the strategic impact.” The awards will be presented at an Excellence Gala on Monday, June 15, as part of the IABC’s World Conference in San Francisco.
Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world’s best communication practices. IABC is recognized as the professional association of choice for communicators who aspire to excel in their chosen fields. For more information, visit iabc.com. IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide for more than 40 years.
Jabil is a global product solutions company providing comprehensive services to electronics and technology companies in a broad range of industries. Jabil helps customers turn ideas into products with our wide range of strategic design, manufacturing and product management capabilities; allowing customers to think beyond their conventional marketplace and explore new opportunities. Jabil helps bring products to the market faster and more cost effectively by providing intelligent digital supply chain solutions around the world; empowering companies to be the change agents in their industries. Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "JBL.” Further information is available on the company's website: jabil.com.