International Employee Benefits Senate

13 May 2008

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International Employee Benefits Senate

Organised by Employee Benefits Magazine

FULLY BOOKED – To be added to the waiting list please submit a booking form

An increasing number of benefits managers have a global or EMEA remit, so this event aims to bring together benefits managers (both new and experienced) with benefits remits outside the UK to network, exchange idea and learn from experts.
This 1-day event will focus entirely on international benefits. You will hear real life case studies from other employers and take part in practical workshops with leading international service providers.


  • Attendance is FREE but is only open to international/EMEA reward and benefits managers with responsibility for making decisions on the reward packages of at least 500 staff outside the UK and are from organisations with at least 1,000 permanent staff globally. Due to limited space we are only able to accept one delegate per organisation.
  • Plenary Topics:
    o Devising an international reward strategy
    o Multinational risk pooling – is it right for your organisation?
    o Managing global employee benefits contracts
  • Educational Workshops:
    o 4 workshops run by leading international service advisers
    o Just 7-14 delegates in each workshop to maximise learning and discussion

More details:

Location: Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, Kensington, London
Date: 13 May 2008

Cost: Free to qualifying delegates (see above)

FULLY BOOKED – To be added to the waiting list please submit a booking form

Sponsoring partners

Buck Consultants

Full programme

Senate registration and morning coffee

09.20 Welcome & Introduction by Debi O’Donovan, editorial director, Employee Benefits

09.30 Devising an international reward strategy
Pulling together a reward strategy on a global basis throws up a number of key challenges – should you have a single global strategy or allow local offices to maximise local conditions? How much control should head office have? Can you maximise savings by using global contracts? How do you check/audit what is already available to your staff around the globe? This session will cover the key questions the international benefits managers should be asking themselves and explore some of the key strategies that multinationals have used.
Speaker: Chris Wilson, former EMEA benefits director, Oracle Corporation; and consultant, Rewarding People

10.10 Multinational risk pooling – is it right for your organisation?
Most large multinationals operate some form of pooling arrangement for their risk and/or pensions benefits. This session will explain how they work, and explore current trends for this reward strategy
Speaker: Jeremy Hill, secretary, International Employee Benefits Association

10.50 Morning coffee and networking

11.10 Workshops

12.00 Workshops

12.40 Lunch

13.50 Workshops

14.40 Workshops

15.20 Afternoon tea and networking

15.40 Managing global employee benefits contracts
This session explores how employers can go about sourcing benefits providers in other countries. It will look at using your UK providers elsewhere as well as sourcing providers from scratch in new territories. Should you use a consultant to help you, or can you do it yourself? How can you check quality standards and contracts?
Speaker: Joanne Wotton, reward manager, EC Harris

16.20 Concluding remarks


Multinational Pooling of Employee Risk Benefits

  • This interactive and fresh approach to this topic will take you through the mechanics of multinational pooling and will give HR and compensation and benefit professionals an insight into what this advantageous system can bring to a multinational company. The workshop will also include discussion on solutions for your mobile employees and how this can fit within the pooling environment.
    Led by experts from Generali Benefits Network

Launching an international flexible benefits scheme

  • Many multinational companies offer flexible benefits in their UK offices, or may be considering it This workshop will look at why employers should consider running flex in more than one country, the difficulties and advantages. It should also cover pointers on what employers should consider when deciding to work with a particular flexible benefits administration provider (eg can their systems deal with different currencies and tax & legal regimes).
    Led by experts from thomson online benefits

Practical pan-European pensions

  • Workshop participants should leave the 45 minute workshop with: a clear understanding of the pan-European pension opportunity; the ability to articulate why companies will move proactively to take advantage of the opportunity; the ability to focus on how their company can assess and optimise its own opportunities.
    Led by experts from Hewitt

Taking total reward global

  • The concept of personalised, total reward communication is catching on globally. For multinational employers there is a developing opportunity to connect strategic communication with personalised data. This workshop explores how one leading European multinational successfully implemented a total reward statement across 39 countries and a dozen languages. Key challenges included: how to define strategy, define ‘total reward’, solicit local input and source data and develop.

Led by experts from Buck Consultants

FULLY BOOKED – To be added to the waiting list please submit booking form

To find out more about presenting a sponsored workshop at future Senates please contact Charlotte Adams on 020 7943 8086.