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Award Programs

The Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors

IAOP annually conducts an independent assessment of the capabilities of outsourcing service providers and advisors, and based on this assessment, publishes The Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors.  IAOP is pleased to introduce the Global Outsourcing 100, now in its 13th year. This year’s program builds upon our past work while providing even better information for customers, providers, and advisors alike.

The program is completely opt-in, and companies can find details about participation here. Applications are judged by an independent panel of experienced outsourcing buyers on five judging criteria: Size and Growth, Customer References, Delivery Excellence, Programs for Innovation, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Each company selected for The Global Outsourcing 100 is recognized by IAOP on its website and at various events and programs throughout the year and in a special advertising feature in FORTUNE® magazine reaching the magazine’s worldwide circulation of over one million and readership in excess of five million.

*Applications for the 2018 listings are now closed.



The Global Excellence in Outsourcing (GEO) Award

Annually, IAOP recognizes outsourcing professional teams at customer organizations that are leading the effort to better serve their organization’s customers and make their companies more successful through outsourcing.

The GEO Awards are given in two categories:

The GEO Award for Best Practices recognizes a customer company's outsourcing team for its leadership in defining, implementing and managing an outsourcing relationship that clearly exemplifies accepted industry best practices while significantly contributing to the company's overall success. The best practice can be around a specific aspect of the outsourcing practice or the entire process. Such practices are expected to align with the proven Outsourcing Professional Standards (OPS). Applicants are expected to reference their best practices to the OPS to establish alignment. The goal is to recognize best practices worthy of special attention by other organizations and that have produced clear, measurable top- and bottom-line results.

The GEO Award for Innovation recognizes a customer company’s outsourcing team that has either (1) used creative and unique approaches in the design and implementation of an outsourcing initiative, or (2) has used outsourcing as a critical element in creating an innovative outcome (an outcome that creates a new need or addresses an unfulfilled need in the marketplace).  The innovation must be responsible for measurable business outcomes (measurable top- and/or bottom-line results). Applicants will be asked to explain the specific innovations involved and to clearly distinguish them from best practices.

Nominations open in July and close in September.  Winners are advised by year-end and recognized at the subsequent IAOP Outsourcing World Summit in February.

*Nomination Process Now Closed!



Global Impact Sourcing Award (GISA)

IAOP is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to launch a global award recognizing industry professionals who are leaders in Impact Sourcing. The GISA award will be presented annually at the Outsourcing World Summit. 

*Application Process Now Closed!



The IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame

The IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame is unique in that it recognizes individuals not only for their contributions to innovative management practices and collaborative business models but just as important, for their contributions to society at-large through measurable outcomes.
  Inductees must demonstrate that unique quality of leadership that allows them to synthesize a new model of business with everyone’s obligation to contribute to community-based economic development, support socially-directed investments, and provide development opportunities to all those impacted by their work.

Recipients of The IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame award are selected by IAOP’s Advocacy & Outreach Committee and are inducted into the IAOP Leadership Hall of Fame at The Outsourcing World Summit or an IAOP executive forum.

*Nomination Process Now Open!


  Member of the Year Awards

  As an association “of outsourcing professionals for outsourcing professionals,” IAOP’s success depends on the willingness of its members to contribute their time and talents. Annually, IAOP recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to the association and its members with the Member of the Year AwardThese individuals are recognized by their peers at a special awards luncheon held at the association’s annual global gathering — The Outsourcing World Summit®.



IAOP Scholarship

The IAOP Scholarship has been developed to provide a means for today’s business students to follow a path to become tomorrow’s industry professionals.   Applicants shall be selected each year to receive a pass to the annual Summit where they will be recognized and have the opportunity to meet and interact with attendees and speakers.

   *Application Process Now Open!


  Global Outsourcing Social Responsibility Impact Award (GOSRIA)

The IAOP/ISG Global Outsourcing Social Responsibility Impact Award (GOSRIA)* was established in 2012 to recognize service provider excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. IAOP’s CSR Committee and ISG specifically seek to acknowledge the achievements of outsourcing service providers committed to a CSR program that fosters community, workplace training, communication, environment and giving. 

All service provider applicants to the annual Global Outsourcing 100 program who complete the question about their CSR activities will be eligible for the IAOP/ISG Global Outsourcing Social Responsibility Impact Award (GOSRIA) as part of the GO100 program. 

  *Award retired in 2017.

For more information, please visit the specific webpage for each award program.

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