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Aon Hewitt's Global Benefits Services

Global Benefits

Multinational companies face constant challenges as they globalize and expand their diverse and international workforce:

  • Corporate governance
  • Need for operational and cost efficiency/improved margins
  • Increased complexity of managing employee benefits and compensation globally in a consistent manner
  • Balancing central control of employee benefit programs with ensuring that benefit packages are appropriate for each locale

Aon Hewitt is helping multinational companies meet these challenges through numerous services:

International Group Benefits Brokering, Plan Design and Actuarial Work

Historically, many multinationals operated in a decentralized management model. But today’s market forces and converging international accounting standards are compelling organizations to streamline their operations and take a more active role in managing employee benefits because of significant financial, legal and human capital risks.

Many companies are looking at health care group purchasing and multinational health care and retirement pooling programs as a means to cut costs, increase profitability and foster growth.

Aon Hewitt’s global network of consultants can help determine if these solutions are right for you. We can review your existing plans and benefit costs, as well as available economies of scale, and develop a global benefit strategy and process in support of your business goals. We can engage local benefits brokers to recommend market-competitive plans and then conduct local bidding and support local execution in your global locations.

We have one of the largest, wholly-owned networks of worldwide offices and actively manage a benefits network to provide support and advice to clients in more than 100 countries, with the ability to deliver locally appropriate employee benefit services. This lets us provide world-class strategic advice to headquarters and satellite offices alike, while helping you implement benefits policy locally but under global corporate policy guidelines and control.
In addition to broking, we also conduct benefit audits and plan designs and provide benchmarking, financial benefits accounting and global actuarial and strategic actuarial advice.

Financing Benefit Risk

We help companies explore alternative ways to finance benefit risk. Among them are captives (ideal for large multinational companies that want to manage employee benefits costs and exposure globally), multinational pooling, vendor selection management, and global broking.

Aon brings to the table a unique combination of expertise in the field of global benefits consulting, plus local expertise in almost every market. We have the scale, scope of resources and experience to develop a globally integrated employee benefit captive solution, combining the best of Aon Hewitt, Aon Global Risk Consultants and Aon Benfield.

We have an unsurpassed geographical presence and capability along with a unique combination of expertise in:

  • Global benefits consulting, including mergers and acquisitions
  • Captive and regulatory consulting
  • Captive management and administration
  • Actuarial, tax and accounting issues
  • Reinsurance and alternative risk transfer

Our proven approach and systems ensure partnering at the strategic and tactical (implementation) level, supported by improved financial management, governance and administrative processes that deliver distinctive value.

Greater Insight: a Web-based Global Benefits and Compensation Management Platform

Aon Hewitt has recently released its next-generation global benefits management platform, which leapfrogs other commercially available systems and offers greater flexibility and advanced analytic capabilities.

The tool, called Greater Insight, is ideal for helping companies with multiple operations analyze and manage their benefit and compensation programs’ financial and provisional data. Features and capabilities include:

  • Discrete and dynamic data entry that promotes accuracy of information; functionality includes radio buttons and drop-down menus for ease and control of data input
  • Built-in mandatory and statutory compliance checks at the point of data entry, along with  reporting on non-compliance items and regular updates on legislative changes, which aids in overall compliance
  • Powerful real-time analytics,including tables and graphs, that help you assess the cost of programs relative to payroll, by geography and by type of program, and identify trends
  • Customized side-by-side reporting across multiple geographic locations that enables you to benchmark programs to common practices and statutory regulations
  • Over 70 standard pre-populated templates that aid in data capture for all benefit programs, compensation and HR policies, with the ability to add customized templates

Together, these features help you make better compensation and benefit decisions and provide:

  • A fundamental understanding of the true costs of various programs and return on investment
  • Real-time information that improves your ability to develop cost-savings strategies, including but not limited to, multinational benefits pooling, preferred providers, other aggregate benefits funding mechanisms and modification of local plan designs in response to data analysis
  • Improved consistency across countries
  • Assurance that programs are in compliance with local legislation
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