What is the BPIR.com?

The BPIR.com is built around a primary goal – Don’t reinvent the wheel!

The Best Practice Improvement Resource (BPIR.com) has been designed to help you and your organisation learn from best practices from around the world. For any given process there are performance measures, benchmarks, best practices, self-assessment tools, improvement tools, expert opinion, research data and case studies – these are all searchable via the criteria of Business Excellence Models (nine provided including Baldrige and EFQM). To find benchmarking partners, assistance, or explore new opportunities members are encouraged to network and learn from other members (with member’s expertise and their organisation’s best practices searchable).

What is a Best Practice?

Best practices are “those practices that have been shown to produce superior results; selected by a systematic process; and judged as exemplary, good, or successfully demonstrated, these practices can then be adapted to fit your organisation”.

The fastest and easiest way to improve is to compare and learn from other successful organisations – therefore to undertake benchmarking. To quote a frequently used idiom among exponents of the use of best practice, “there’s no point in re-inventing the wheel”. With the BPIR.com you will always have access to the latest best practices through our series of Best Practice Reports and continual updating of our databases as we track award winning organisations from around the world.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is a process for identifying and implementing best or better practices. The BPIR.com has become an essential tool for benchmarking – it helps organisations to quickly find benchmarks, benchmarking partners, and best practices.

Members are encouraged to use the most powerful type of benchmarking called “best practice benchmarking”. This includes understanding current performance and processes, comparing against best performance and best practices, identifying practices to improve performance, implementation and evaluating the outcomes. The TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking Methodology supports members in undertaking benchmarking projects and we encourage members to be trained in this powerful methodology.



What is Business Excellence?

Business Excellence is achieving outstanding stakeholder-results through having outstanding organisational practices, all based on a set of fundamental concepts or values that are found in leading businesses. Business excellence models guide organisations on what they need to do (the organisational practices or INPUTS) to achieve outstanding stakeholder-results (the OUTPUTS and outcomes) and as such drive productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability.

The Global Excellence Model Council, with representatives from all the major business excellence models, meets regularly to review the continued relevance and robustness of the business excellence models. The models continue to evolve to reflect the changing business environment and the practices and values of the world’s highest performing organisations. The two most well-known models are the EFQM Model and the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

A key feature of the BPIR.com is the use of business excellence models to classify information, enabling organisations that have undertaken an assessment against these models to quickly identify best practices.

The following models are included in the BPIR.com:

Members may also search our databases through the BPIR.com model (a derivative of the APQC Process Classification Framework). This model classifies information through over 250 business processes.

Further information on these key concepts and related concepts can be accessed through these links: