This is a great achievement for our staff as this is one of the most sought-after awards available to Icelandic companies and institutions.
The aim of the Icelandic Quality Awards is to give recognition to companies and institutions for tangible management results, while at the same time encouraging companies to set clear objectives and regularly assess progress. Four institutions sponsor the Icelandic Quality Awards: Stjórnvísi, The Prime Minister’s Office, the University of Iceland and VR. This was the ninth occasion on which it was presented.
Kristján L. Möller, Minister of Communications, presents Örn Marinósson, Deputy Managing Director, and Gudmundur S. Pétursson, Quality Manager, with the Icelandic Quality Award
Evaluation Committee’s report
Landsvirkjun’s application is especially well presented, and it is a good example of how to put together an submission of this kind. The committee visited the company and met managers and staff who showed high levels of interest and dedication in their work. Discussions were positive and the company’s management painted a realistic picture of their operation and of the items covered by the evaluation. The Managing Director was abroad at the time but the committee met his deputy.
The Evaluation Committee’s account of the company
The committee visited an energetic and objective knowledge-based company that is quite comparable with foreign undertakings. The initiative and dedication of the staff is admirably placed in a well-defined work environment with active, energetic and objective human resources management that provides exemplary staff support. The position of human resources management on the company’s organisational chart shows the importance attached to staff issues. Human resources are applied to full effect with decision making authority as their standard.
The information system is used in an efficient and practical manner, which lends effective support to objectives and work procedures; it is a good example of information utilisation for other companies.
The directors and managers have a clear vision that is applied in a highly systematic and efficient manner, with the active participation of the staff. Company strategy is presented and implemented in every department, and clients' and community needs are paramount.
The company is concerned about its image and is positively and constructively involved in community projects.
Landsvirkjun’s Self-assessment Report
Eggert Gudjónsson, Edward J. Westlund, Gudmundur S. Pétursson, Gunnhildur Manfredsdóttir, Hanna Marinósdóttir, Ragnhildur Vigfúsdóttir, Unnur María Thorvaldsdóttir and Thorsteinn Hilmarsson produced the report. Einar Mathiesen, Gunnar Örn Gunnarsson and Rán Jónsdóttir also helped. You can see the Self-assessment Report here.
The report is based on an EFQM results model.
The committee at yesterday’s presentation.