ARMA International's Cobalt Award 
    The ARMA International Cobalt Award was created to recognize the shift – and its resulting advantages – when an organization became focused on proper records and information management at a foundational and organizational level. The Cobalt Award was presented to four prestigious organizations from 2008 to 2012. There will be no Cobalt Award presented in 2013. To date, the award's recognition stands as one of the highest organizational honors for excellence in information governance.

    Cobalt Award Winners:

    2012 - CUNA Mutual

    CUNA Mutual was named the winner of the ARMA International Cobalt Award at ARMA International’s 57th Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago. The judges found tremendous executive support and a good working relationship between records management and all aspects of the organization.

    The Cobalt Award is the highest award for information governance an organization can attain. Candidates assess their programs using ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles Assessment. The 2012 Winner, CUNA Mutual, excelled in recognizing and implementing the Principles company-wide.

    2011- Cisco Systems

    The winner of the ARMA International Cobalt Award was announced during ARMA International’s 56th Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.. ARMA International is proud to announce that Cisco Systems, Global Tax & Customs, Enterprise Records & Information Management takes this year's award, created to recognize the shift – and its resulting advantages – when an organization becomes focused on proper records and information management at a foundational, organizational level.

    The judges were compelled by Cisco's comprehensive program related to electronic records - as well as by answers critical follow-up questions posed by the judges to upper management at the organization. Cisco certainly understands the rapid growth of information within an enterprise - and they seem to be managing it well.

    For each of the last four years, our award applicants have had higher overall scores than the previous year, giving these judges a difficult decision! The judging panel looked for clear indicators of top management support, organization-wide collaboration, solid records management practices, integrated and effective technology use, well-defined training programs for all staff, and appropriate risk management and compliance measures. Again this year, the bar is set one notch higher.

    2010 - Procter & Gamble

    The winner of the ARMA International Cobalt Award was announced during ARMA International’s 55th Annual Conference and Expo in San Francisco. P&G takes this year's award, created to recognize the shift – and its resulting advantages – when an organization becomes focused on proper records and information management at a foundational, organizational level.

    After Procter & Gamble was selected as a finalist, a member of the judging panel spent a day on-site interviewing 7 people at all levels of the organization. They found strong commitment to information management throughout the organization, solid executive-level support and buy-in, and a commitment to ongoing training. Hear their story in the podcast series!

    2009 - Prudential Financial

    The winner of the ARMA International Cobalt Award was announced during ARMA International’s 54th Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando. Prudential Financial takes this year's award, created to recognize the shift – and its resulting advantages – when an organization becomes focused on proper records and information management at a foundational, organizational level.

    After the initial application process, our judges spent nine hours on site, interviewing 12 Prudential employees at all levels of the organization before awarding them the prestigious ARMA International Cobalt Award. Hear their story in the podcast series!

    Advice from the source.
    Listen to a special interview series with 2009 winners, Prudential Financial. This special series walks through Prudential's experience in applying for the award, their recommendations for future applicants, and a behind-the-scenes look into their program.

    2008 - New York Life Insurance Company

    New York Life, as well as all applicants, underwent a thorough judging process that included a 120+ question application which looks for clear indicators of top management support, organization-wide collaboration, solid records management practices, integrated and effective technology use, well-defined training programs for all staff, and appropriate risk management and compliance measures.

    As one of three finalists, New York Life was visited by a cross-functional team of information management experts during an onsite interview. The judging panel found strong commitment to information management throughout the organization, solid executive-level support and buy-in, a commitment to ongoing training, and outstanding use of information security best practices and technological considerations. As winners of ARMA International’s Cobalt Award, New York Life Insurance Company is the first to symbolize excellence in today’s leading business practices.

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