Best Reward conference 2021
Best Total Rewards event 2021



15th & 16th JUNE 2021


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TUESDAY 15th JUNE 2021


8:45 CET                                                                                                           Opening of the Conference by the Chairs:                                                        Peter Newhouse,SVP, Global Head of Reward, Unilever &                              Xavier Baeten,Head of Vlerick Reward Center, Vlerick Business School


9:00                                                                                                                     An ambitious 'Fair Compensation' framework                                                 Peter Newhouse, SVP, Global Head of Reward, Unilever

  • An ambitious 'Fair Compensation' framework

  • Peter shares the progress on how they created a global Framework for Fair Compensation and benchmarked entry-level wages against external fair wage indicators.

  • HR Directors in each market were asked to monitor individual employees' wage of all their direct companies to make sure that they do not remain below the living wage benchmark that the FairWageNetwork has defined for more than 200 countries.

Q&A with Peter

9:30                                                                                                          Interactive Session


10:00                                                                                                                     A New approach to Short-Term Incentives (STI)                                                      John Beadle,Global Head of Performance and Reward, ABB

  • How we redesigned the STI in order to:

  • Drive business strategy

  • Support organisation change

  • Create a performance culture

  • This session will cover the approach taken to the redesign, the changes made and the results to date

Q&A with John

11:00 CET                                                                                                     Coffee & Networking


10:30                                                                                                              Panel Session

  • Why do performance management processes 'fail' so often?

  • 3 trends in reward technology?

  • How do you get them to ‘go the extra mile’?

  • Should Performance ratings be replaced by continous feedback or should they go hand in hand?

11:20 Creating a High Performance Culture Markus Enzner,Executive Director Total Rewards, Johnson Controls

  • Linking different elements of compensation to performance and allowing Managers to more or less flawlessly chose between those different elements

  • Giving Managers a lot of responsibility and freedom at the same time, while linking all Manager decisions to an employee's performance

  • The difficulties that Corona provides especially on the pools that are needed to fund the High Performance culture

Q&A with Markus

11:50                                                                                                                Your Journey towards a Holistic Pay Equity Strategy,                                          Ruth Thomas,Industry Principal and Sr. Consultant, CURO

  • Learn the difference between pay equity, pay parity and how both goals can contribute to closing the gender wage gap

  • Understand the key issues to consider that may impact your Pay Equity Audit success

  • How to engage senior leaders in your pay equity strategy

  • Be informed as to how Data-driven solutions to eliminate pay gaps

Q&A with Ruth

12:20                                                                                                                 Re-think Reward for Agile working teams                                                      Davide Picerni,Vice-President, Global Reward Consultant, Swiss Re

  • Differentiator elements for agile working teams and implications on reward

  • Successes and lessons learnt from the pilot we've been running at Swiss Re

Q&A with Davide

12:50 CET                                                                                                      Lunch & Networking


13:40                                                                                                               Merit pay in a new Performance Management era                                             Xavier Baeten,Head of Reward Center, Vlerick Business School

Results of a study conducted on how companies link base pay increases to PM:

  • Translating findings from academic research on pay-for performance into relevant recommendations.

  • Reward pros. opinions on their current merit systems.

  • Reward professionals' dreams in the field of linking base pay with performance.

  • Techspecs: what do current (and future) merit pay systems look like

  • How to communicate on merit increases?

  • Discovering a wide range of practices

Q&A with Xavier

14:10                                                                                                              Interactive Session


14:40                                                                                                             Flexible Reward options as a trend in C&B,                                                   Carsten Gebhardt, Head of C&B, Novartis

Q&A with Carsten

15:10 CET                                                                                                         Coffee & Networking


15:30                                                                                                              Panel Session

  • Can we give zero bonus to employees?

  • How flexible can we be with base pay for different talent groups?

  • New Immigration & Tax technologies?

  • Do equity plans align shareholder and employee interests? If not, why not?

  • 3 ways to simplify & harmonize our systems?

16:30                                                                                                              Wrap-up & end of Day 1                                                                                      16:40


Variable Pay
Pay for Peformance (P4P)
Employee Engagement




8:45 CET                                                                                                           Opening of Day 2 by the Chairs:                                                                     Peter Newhouse,SVP, Global Head of Reward, Unilever &                              Xavier Baeten, Head of Vlerick Reward Center,                                              Vlerick Business School


9:00                                                                                                              Redefining our Total Rewards Framework,                                             Konstantinos Karavidas, Global Rewards Leader, IKEA

  • Creating a Values-driven Total Rewards framework that is not entirely defined by market benchmarking

  • Introducing the theme of Sustainable Rewards

Q&A with Konstantinos

9:30                                                                                                          Interactive Session


10:30                                                                                                          Interactive Session

  • How could we help employees to cope with stress time Management and burnout syndrome?

  • Reward technology – what to expect?

  • Internal electronic communications: How do you create your message? How do you keep things in control without controlling the communication?

11:00 CET                                                                                                     Coffee & Networking


10:00                                                                                                            Moving C&B into Global Services,                                                                    Krystof Radek,                                                                                                 Head of EMEA GS Total Rewards, Johnson & Johnson

  • Structure of Total Rewards organisation in J&J before and after the change in setup

  • Lessons learned after 18 months

  • Use of Intelligent Automation in Compensation

Q&A with Krystof

11:20                                                                                                                Global Wellness strategy @ Pepsico,                                                            Rachana Baral, Vice President, Total Rewards, PepsiCo

  • Where well-being falls in our Total Rewards strategy with key highlights that it encompasses physical health, mental health and resilience, safety, financial concerns, stress and anxiety.

  • What's been our experience in leveraging Wellness to support our communities and drives social involvement that promotes employee engagement

  • Example of our focus on Mental Wellbeing in Europe

Q&A with Rachana

11:50 Panel Session

  • How could we help employees to cope with stress time Management and burnout syndrome?

  • Reward technology – what to expect?

  • Internal electronic communications: How do you create your message? How do you keep things in control

  • without controlling the communication?

12:20                                                                                                                 Our Total Rewards Strategy Journey,                                                       Christopher Collet,VP-HR Innovations - Global Rewards & Crossborder Workforce Strategy Lead, Bayer

  • Bayer is fundamentally transforming Total Rewards based on an employee and business-centric proposition which is based on Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose propelling the employee experience by optimizing monetary and non-monetary contributions and strengthening the emotional connection employees have to the vision and purpose of the company.

  • We are transforming the full spectrum across Pay, Wellbeing, Benefits, Career and Crossborder Workforce, founded on our key beliefs to enhance flexibility, increase leadership empowerment and continue our journey of our innovation culture towards a modern understanding of rewarding and recognizing performance.

  • Ultimately, we intend to cater for the speed of change and the ongoing business transformations with these changes.

Q&A with Christopher

12:50 CET                                                                                                      Lunch & Networking


13:40                                                                                                             Retain Top Talents and drive the                                                                   Business forward though Total Reward                                                          Sonia Neffati,VP C&B, OD and Intl. Mobility, ArcelorMittal

  • Drive performance and increase retention through the redesign of STI’s & LTI’s

  • Communication of total reward

  • Non-financial rewards

Q&A with Sonia

14:10                                                                                                       Interactive Session


14:40                                                                                                             Global Total Rewards in a lean organisation,                                                 Shereen Alaa, Global Head of Total Rewards, Henkel

  • Success factors for steering Global Total Rewards in times of limited (direct) resources

  • Focus: Leveraging technology and partnerships with shared service centers

Q&A with Shereen

15:10 CET                                                                                                         Coffee & Networking


15:30 Panel Session

  • 3 effective ways to boost Reward Technology?

  • What is the current status of the Brexit regulation?

  • Why empower line management on reward – what are its benefits?

  • Corporate values - how far are these reflected in your reward strategy?

16:30                                                                                                              Wrap-up & end of the HRcoreReward conference                                                    16:40


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Reward Communication
Employee Engagement

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