FEM celebrated its 10-year anniversary and to mark the occasion hosted an awards ceremony with a room brimming with global mobility talent.
The awards for Global Mobility and HR professionals were judged by a panel of independent experts, who commented on the number of new entries and the quality of innovation and fresh ideas in this region. Here we announce who won and include some of what the judges had to say.
The winners of the FEM EMEA EMMAs 2018 are...
Best Business Travel Framework
“Hugely impressive both in its scale and level of detail. This is a clear example of a programme which can add value to the business as well as reducing compliance risk. It appears to be at a point of maturity that many companies can only aspire to. Well done!”
Best Redesign of a Global Mobility Strategy - sponsored by Santa Fe Relocation
“Great redesign of Global Mobility Strategy. Excellent example of how bringing the right, value add processes and components back in-house can provide the necessary ‘seat at the table’ for the Global Mobility team.”
Best ROI or Cost Effectiveness Strategy in a Global Mobility Programme - sponsored by Directors Languages & CulturalBriefings.com
“An impressive project at a global level! A solid business case including success rate and customer satisfaction.
Best Talent Mobility Strategy - sponsored by ECA International
“This nomination truly has a holistic approach towards mobility and ties technical items in very nicely with talent and recruiting components. An impressive example of how collaboration between mobility and talent can enhance the ROI of mobilising employees across the business.”
Global Mobility Team of the Year (Small Programme) - sponsored by Oakwood Worldwide
“Ramboll's GM team demonstrate how to improve efficiency, reduce costs, improve client satisfaction at the same time as they have experience enormous growth and increased complexity! Fantastic! This is an amazing achievement to be proud of!”
Global Mobility Team of the Year (Medium Programme) - sponsored by IconRelocation
BAE Systems Inc.
“A comprehensive review of the GM offering that has had tangible benefits to this organisation and their overall strategy.
Global Mobility Team of the Year (Large Programme) - sponsored by Fragomen Worldwide
“What an interesting journey for DXT Technology and what a successful transition. Is there anything the team did not touch? It seems like there were many balls in the air and they caught them all!”
Service Provider Categories
Corporate Housing Provider of the Year
“Fantastic feedback received from clients, pricing schedule is very cost efficient and technology platform is very user friendly.”
Destination Services Provider of the Year
Expath Training & Consulting GmbH
“I love the innovative idea of online learning videos that people can drop in and out of when they need that support. It is really fitting with the modern culture of online learning.
Unfortunately, the winners of the category for Employee Benefits Services Provider of the Year were unable to be there on the night, but they were announced as:
Chamness WorldWide Education Consulting
“Strong information and clarity of strategy. The team approach towards every expat family makes the difference.”
Expatriate Banking and Financial Services Innovation
“HSBC combines scale, industry knowledge & an eco-system to support expatriate financial and other needs. It’s an expat must have.”
Immigration Provider of the Year
“A comprehensive, professional approach, not only limited to immigration. Overall risk assessment, experts world-wide available, pro-active and professional handling of each individual case.”
International Healthcare and Risk Management Provider of the Year
“Healix International should win for their benefit to organisations and individuals with their innovative, fully integrated Global Risk Management service and model of Nurses, Security Specialists and Travel Co-ordinators to eliminate delay and repetition.”
International Moving Company of the Year - sponsored by FIDI
Pickfords Move Management
“Very good processes in place, a pro-active approach, good technology and foresight on saving costs.”
Relocation Management Company of the Year
“Innovative and forward thinking, Moovaz has fresh new ideas that recognise the evolutionary world of Global Mobility.”
(NB. Unfortunately Moovaz were unable to be there in person to collect the award)
Tax Provider of the Year
“It is impressive how they can fully manage and outsource an end-to-end global payroll solution to their clients... and get results!”
Open to all Categories
Best Family Support Programme
“Excellent focus on dual income expats and social networking online and face to face. A highlight is their use of proprietary platforms and technology to enhance the client's experience.”
Thought Leadership – Best Survey or Research Study of the Year
EY and TheCityUK
“An extremely thorough piece of thought leadership which is really relevant to organisations grappling with the current immigration landscape.”
Best Vendor Partnership
Remedium Partners and Benivo
“A huge drive to reduce NHS costs by relocating overseas doctors rather than expensive locums. What a great vendor partnership! I am impressed.
Best Vendor Partnership - Relocation Management Company
Tesco and Icon Relocation
“An innovative approach to a common problem for major companies. I have seen this model attempted before with very limited success, so I could see this being something other companies look to do in the future.”
Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility - Assignee Management - sponsored by Alchemy
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
“The MAP tool has enabled the business to be dynamic and efficient in managing its resourcing strategy. Very impressive.
Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility – Bespoke
“Equus have streaked ahead with a technology offering which not only provides efficiencies and cost savings to clients but also improves the customer experience of the expatriates themselves. Well done, a deserved winner.”
Outstanding Corporate and Social Responsibility Initiatives
“Sterling demonstrates clear actions and results. It is also determined to track long term success to make the program even more effective and actions taken for international mobile employees.”
Global Mobility Rising Star of the Year
Nitzan Yudan, Benivo
“An amazing climb in just three years, even impacting beyond the boundaries of his company. Nitzan has delivered an exceptional solution to the industry and has a consistently strong track record. A real mobility trailblazer!”
Global Mobility Professional of the Year - sponsored by Equus Software
Nicolai Wassmann, Head of Global Mobility at Ramboll
“Nicolai has achieved amazing results with his team. He should win for his outstanding ability to turn a decentralised, unstructured internal arena into a state of the art global mobility program – and for his willingness to inspire others and share his expertise not only internally but also to his peers externally.”
Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility
Anja Vahldiek, Director, Global Mobility Solutions at Ernst & Young GmbH
Claire Tennant-Scull, Global Head of Content and Events Director at FEM said:
“Anja has a forensic eye for detail and a refreshingly direct approach. She has carefully developed and nurtured her team and in turn, has inspired great loyalty throughout EY. Always enthusiastic and generous with her time and knowledge outside of her own organisation too, at FEM we know that Anja, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry has never become complacent, but is constantly re-inventing and re-thinking what she does.”
Finally, there was an additional, special award to mark FEM's 10th Anniversary:
Global Mobility Pioneer
Brian Friedman, original founder of FEM and now Strategy Director at Benivo
Our congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and highly commended entries.
FEM would also like to thank all our judges and Headline Sponsors, ECA International, Equus Software and Fragomen Worldwide.