TUM Global Outreach Green Belt


In addition to our Standard and Business Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, we offer a free certification course once a year for the three finalists of our TUM Global Outreach Green Belt and will award the best project

Do you have an idea that follows one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG)? Can you imagine implementing this idea as a Six Sigma project? Then would your project serve humanity by positively impacting society and the environment?

We are not concerned with the range of your project or the scale of its impact. We are interested in a local project, in your country, in your region, in your city, in your neighbourhood. The project topic should be suitable for Six Sigma, the expected project benefit should be measurable and the project idea should have the power to motivate others for similar initiatives.

The GO Green Belt will take place in 2022 again – We will publish more information about the application process and deadlines on this webpage soon. Are you interested in the GO Green Belt, the TUM Six Sigma Green Belt Certification or similar programs? Then register here and stay updated via e-mail!

If you have already earned our TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, then you can apply for this award with:

  • A project topic, oriented to one of the 17 United Nations SDG
  • The confirmation that a (local) non-profit institution supports you in the role of a Six Sigma project sponsor

We first collect the ideas, then check their conformity, then their suitability for Six Sigma and finally their feasibility. In the final round three selected participants then implement their project in our Go Green Belt course – with the support of their sponsor. Upon successful implementation, the three finalists will receive our TUM Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Additionally, the projects are evaluated by our GoGB Committee and the winner additionally receives the GoGB Award.

If you’re looking for encouragement for your application, get inspired by the previous winners of our award:

2020/ 2021: Awe Olamide David, Nigeria Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Residential Solid Waste

2019/ 2020: Tony V Raju, India – Quality Improvement in Rural Healthcare

Why Lean Six Sigma?

Six Sigma and Lean are two complementary concepts that are often taught and applied together.

Direct benefits of Lean and Six Sigma in production and service:

increased quality

increased availabity (time/ quantity)

reduced waste

The effect of these benefits are typically:

increased productivity

reduced costs

increased satisfaction


In order to be considered for the Global Outreach Green Belt, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • You must have already acquired the TUM Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt
  • The project idea must support one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The project topic must be suitable for a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt project
  • A related non-profit organization must confirm to support the project in the role of a Six Sigma sponsor
  • You must commit to publishing all collected data and your project documentation.

The winning candidate will be assigned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt supervisor. This volunteer (from the global Black Belt Community) will sign a Letter of Understanding and must ensure that the existing TUM Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt requirements (project-story-book, sigmaGuide, presentations, sign-offs) are being followed. (Note: Projects may be Lean Six Sigma or just Six Sigma).

Upon completion of the course a project summary along with the identified problems, proposed improvements and subsequent control measures will be published via multiple media outlets.


As one of three selected candidates for the final round

  • You will implement your project
  • Free access to our course material (videos, course book, sigmaGuide, project-story-book)
  • Free online project coaching by our Master Black Belt Dr. Reiner Hutwelker. In joint zoom sessions every 2 weeks, all three candidates present their progress, discuss challenges and plan the next steps
  • You will document the procedure and results of each DMAIC phase in a project-story-book
  • After each DMAIC phase your project-story-book will be assessed by the MBB
  • In additional joint zoom steering sessions for each candidate and the project sponsor the completed phase will be evaluated and the next phase will be planned
  • After successful completion of the projects all three finalists will receive their TUM Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • The Go Green Belt Committee will evaluate the three project results and select the winner of the Go Green Belt Award

Winner 2019/ 2020: Tony Raju, India – Quality Improvement in Rural Healthcare

The 2019 TUM Global Outreach Green Belt awardee is Tony Raju from India. After successful completion of the Yellow-Belt course via edX/TUM, Tony looked for a real project which would help to improve life in his local community. He applied for the TUM Global Outreach Green Belt and was the first candidate to be awarded in June 2019.

Tony’s project is at the CHC Sachivathomapuram is a rural hospital in the state of Kerala in India. CHC is one of the oldest hospitals in Kottayam district and it is a government-funded hospital so almost all medical service are free. Almost 85-90% of the patient who visit this hospital are below poverty line. There are 4 doctors (no specialization), 6 nurses and 4 non-medical staff available to treat approximately 2000 patients per week.

Although CHC Sachivathomapuram is one of the best in rural healthcare in India compared to others, Tony found multiple opportunities for improvement. For example, the average wait time is extremely long for patients waiting for a consultation. There is a very large volume of patients compared to the number of staff members, which can lead to poor medical service and very high workload for the lab. In addition, some key medicines are frequently unavailable.

Within the first phase of the project (DEFINE), Tony identified 3 areas which need to be researched/investigated:

  • Identify the bottle neck for patients on their way from the ticket counter to the pharmacy
  • Lab processes take too long. The efficiency of the devices used in the lab need to be analyzed
  • Critical medicine needs to be identified and corresponding stock levels need to be defined

Within the second phase (MEASURE) Tony mapped the relevant processes in his hospital, identified the presumed triggers of the problems and collected data on trigger and problems.

Interested in seeing the whole Story book? Please click on the link below.

Complete Story Book

Winner 2020/ 2021: Awe Olamide David, Nigeria – Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Residential Solid Waste

Congratulation to the 2020/2021 Technical University of Munich’s Global Outreach Green Belt Award Winner, Mr. David Olamide Awe for his project: Reduction of solid wastes from residential homes blocking drains and canals in Lagos (Nigeria).

This year’s application pool was very diverse, with projects from Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe, covering such diverse topics as community waste disposal, health care, vehicle emissions, public transport, energy management systems, and education. The TUM GoGB Selection Committee chose four exemplary finalists, whose projects meet the mission of the TUM GoGB Award.

  • David Olamide Awe (Nigeria) in the area of waste management, with the goal to reduce the environmental impact of residential solid wastes in Nigeria
  • Jemma Hale (Netherlands) in the area of education, with the goal to improve coaching of corona coachees, supporting affected people in their career
  • Gabriella Nxumalo (South Africa), in the area of education, to improve training programs ran by mining companies for local host communities in South Africa
  • Ayushi Sharma (India), in the area of public health and waste management, to improve the disposal system for harmful and unhygienic waste for a hospital in India

We congratulate all Finalists and Mr. Awe for his achievement. His project will be coached online by Master Black Belt, Dr. Reiner Hutwelker, and will be published in stages on the TUM Lean Six Sigma facebook page.


The winning project will address:

Environmental degradation caused by solid waste in Lagos (Nigeria) is increasingly alarming. An observed fact is the presence of solid waste particles in gutters and canals which are connected to residential apartments in particular. Thus, disruptions caused by fallow solid waste is felt in terms of waterlogged road networks, congestion, existence of pests and rodents in the environment. Such occurrence has diverse social, economic and demographic implications to the community. For a breakthrough the project will be focussed on: Oyadiran Estate along Commercial Avenue, Lagos

Congratulations David Olamide Awe!


The TUM Global Outreach Green Belt was selected for the “Honorable Mention” in the category “Blended Learning” of the 2020 International E-Learning Awards, awarded by the International E-Learning Association.

The GO Green Belt will take place in 2022 again – We will publish more information about the application process and deadlines on this webpage soon. Are you interested in the GO Green Belt, the TUM Six Sigma Green Belt Certification or similar programs? Then register here and stay updated via e-mail!


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