Celebrating excellence in family, business, ownership, and society
IMD Global Family Business Award
Celebrating excellence in family, business, ownership, and society
Distinguishing prestigious family businesses around the world since 1996
This annual award provides a unique opportunity to promote the indispensable role family businesses play in the global economy and serves as a platform for family businesses to exchange best practices and analyze the economic backdrop.
The Award cannot exist without your active contribution to identifying exceptional companies worthy of recognition.
Nominations are now open until 31 March for the 2023 award. Anyone can nominate a family business, and businesses can also nominate themselves.
Criteria & process
The award recognizes family businesses with excellence on the following dimensions: family, business, ownership, and society.
Eligibility criteria are:
- Multigenerational (of at least third generation)
- Large (with an annual turnover of at least USD 0.5 billion)
In selecting the award winner, a panel of independent jury experts examines further aspects of the family business.
Careful consideration is given to the values of the people who run the business, including the way in which they unite their family and business interests and combine tradition and innovation while demonstrating a clear commitment to their communities.
Anyone is welcome to nominate or self-nominate. There are no costs associated with entry. IMD solicits applications from the nominated family enterprises that fit the award criteria. Families need to sign off on the application before it is considered by the award evaluation committee.
Based on the award criteria, finalists are identified by the evaluation committee composed of representatives from the IMD Global Family Business Center and FBN.
Advanced research and interviews are conducted with key family members from the finalist family businesses. An extensive report is prepared and submitted to the jury.
The award jury votes individually and anonymously. The jury is composed of members of globally leading family businesses, former Award winners, and senior expert academics within the field of family business.
The winner is contacted, and a full teaching case study accompanied by a video is developed in preparation for the Award Ceremony.
The announcement of the winner, the award ceremony, and the session with the winner takes place at the FBN Global Summit.
A trophy crafted by Chopard and complimentary seats on our IMD Family Business Programs are awarded to the winner (two free seats) and finalists (one free seat). A case study and articles about the winning family business are published by IMD’s Award Director Professor Peter Vogel and the award research team.
The award trophy is crafted by Chopard, a family-run business and expert in watches and jewelry. Held between two glass plates fixed in a rock crystal base, and housed in an elegant pear wood case, the trophy features a representation of a tree, providing a powerful metaphor of the family business spirit that draws its strength from tradition to grow and develop.
Through its roots firmly planted in the ground and its branches reaching towards the sky, the tree symbolizes the stability of the family, its links to the past, present, and future, and the continuity of generations.
The jury is composed of minimum six and maximum 10 members of globally leading family businesses, former award winners and senior expert academics within the field of family business.
Responsibility, authority and compensation
- Full confidentiality applies at all times for all Award activities and communications.
- Jury members receive an extensive report on finalists which they are asked to read to prepare for the annual jury meeting and anonymous online vote.
- There is no compensation for time or other expenses.
Get to know the voting members of the jury, displayed in alphabetical order
Fabian Bonnier, winner of the 2003 IMD Global Family Business Award, is a seventh generation member of the Bonnier family and CTO at SF Anytime.
Ramia Marielle El Agamy is CEO and Co-Founder at Orbis Terra Media, a global content marketing agency and award-winning magazine publisher.
Judy Green is president of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), an international association of individuals and organizations who advise and study family enterprise.
Marie-Christine Jaeger-Firmenich is a third generation member of the Firmenich family, owners of Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company.
Heinrich Jessen is chairman and principal partner at Jebsen & Jessen, a diversified ASEAN industrial group. He is also partner and director of the five independent business groups that make up the Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise.
Andy Rubin is Chair at Pentland Brands Ltd, a director at the Pentland Group plc, and non-executive director at JD Sports Fashion Plc. He is the third generation to lead the family’s brand management business.
Risto Väyrynen is founder of The Impact Office and a fourth-generation entrepreneur currently serving as Chair at his family’s artisanal bakery business in Finland.
John Ward is Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise and co-director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management. He teaches and studies family continuity planning, leadership, ownership, governance and philanthropy.
Discover our non-voting members, presented in alphabetical order
Alexis du Roy de Blicquy is CEO at The Family Business Network (FBN), the world’s leading network run by family businesses, for family businesses, together across generations.
The independent award jury was impressed with its strong focus on good governance, next generation development, sustainability, and social impact.02:54
- 2021: Grundfos
- 2020: Brown-Forman
- 2019: Dachser
- 2018: De Agostini
- 2017: Pentland Group plc
- 2016: Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise
- 2015: Bavaria
- 2013: J.M. Huber Corporation
- 2012: Bel Group
- 2011: Firmenich
- 2009: The Merck Group
- 2008: Roca Corporacion Empresarial
- 2007: Yazaki Corporation
- 2006: Fundació Lluis Carulla, Ivey Foundation and Lopez Group Foundation
- 2005: Votorantim Group
- 2004: The Barilla Group
- 2003: The Bonnier Group
- 2002: The Samuel C. Johnson Family Enterprises
- 2001: The Murugappa Group
- 2000: The Zegna Group
- 1999: The Henkel Group
- 1998: Corporacion Puig
- 1997: Hermès SA
- 1996: The LEGO Group
2020 was a challenging year for so many of us. And so, winning an award like this is timely encouragement to us to continue to nourish our culture, brands, people, environment, shareholders and stakeholders, for their long-term health into the next generation, and the coming decades.
The IMD Global Family Business Award is one of the oldest and most highly recognized family businesses in the world. For over a quarter of a century we identify and recognize outstanding enterprising families and their businesses who serve as a role model for families around the world.
Being recognized by IMD encourages us to keep building a lasting family-owned company in the direction that we have been following since its foundation. It also makes us very proud of our progress and conscious about the challenges we must face and overcome as a family in the upcoming years. As a family, we feel united by this award.