The King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for the Private Sector is the highest award for quality in Jordan. It was established at the Ministry of Industry and Trade in 1999 with the objective of enhancing the competitiveness of Jordanian businesses by promoting quality awareness and performance excellence on the national and international levels.
The award recognizes quality achievements of Jordanian corporations, businesses and organisations and publicises these institutions' successful performance strategies. Eligible applicants include private sector companies and institutions in the categories of industry or service–oriented; big, medium and small. Since 2006, the award has been administered by the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence Programme Unit at the Industrial Development Directorate of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which evaluates applicants according to six criteria: leadership; strategic planning; resource management; process management; results; and generic sub-criteria.
Awardees receive the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence trophy, presented in a special ceremony under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II. Winners are recognised as national and international role models, and may publicise and advertise their award. Award recipients also receive preferential treatment from the Jordan Institution of Standards and Metrology, the Customs Department, and the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation, to help them further expand their contributions to Jordan's economy.
Since 1999, the award has organised five sessions:
- 1999-2000: 50 participating institutions
- 2001-2002: 27 institutions
- 2003-2004: 22 institutions
- 2005-2006: 27 institutions
- 2007-2008: 43 institutions.