Baldrige, Six Sigma, and ISO 9001

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a free, two-page issue sheet, “Baldrige, Six Sigma, and ISO: Understanding Your Options.” It provides insight on how to choose among these three performance improvement tools and how they can be used together to ensure the overall success of any organization.

The CEO issue sheet:

  • explains the differences among the three systems
  • discusses how they can be used individually, or in combination, to meet organizational needs

In addition, it describes how four recent Baldrige Award recipients use Baldrige, either alone or in conjunction with Six Sigma and/or ISO, as the basis for their performance improvement efforts.

You can download the pdf file at: <>. A paper copy of this document will be mailed if requested from or by calling 301-975-2036.