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Best international or expatriate benefits

Shire Pharmaceuticals
Global Benefits Strategy – Implementation and Governance
(Entered by Aon Employee Benefits)

Jane Fenwick, head of employee benefits at Shire Pharmaceuticals

For this award, the judges were looking for an entrant that has used its global reward strategy effectively to help drive its business goals.

The judges felt that Shire Pharmaceuticals was a clearly deserving winner.

As part of a major business transformation project, Shire established a global benefits centre of excellence, designed to give central oversight of benefit plans around the world. This new operating model has resulted in a number of advantages for the organisation, not least enabling it to make rapid decisions and quickly explore new opportunities.

Since its introduction, it has achieved impressive results, placing Shire at the leading edge of how multi-national employers manage benefits around the world.

The judges said: “This was a well-deserved winner, which demonstrated tangible results.”

The winner said: “We really turned around a situation where we had multiple countries with different strategies in each and we created a strategy that unified that which helped us stand out from the crowd. “We had very little visibility of what was out there in different countries but it has all been bought together and we are really optimising costs. “[The award] has rewarded the strategy we developed. It helps our business understand the value of what we have done and reinforces that message. It is great that the industry has recognised our strategy.”

Runners up
  • African Minerals, Adoption of risk management approach to provision of expatriate medical insurance (Entered by Mercer)
  • NCR, My Benefits (Entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)