Mercer’s 2016 European Compensation and Benefits Conference, hosted in Rome on 6-7 October by Chris Johnson, Mercer’s Europe Talent business Leader, welcomed 207 leading strategic-level HR professionals from 25 countries to focus on this year’s theme The Role of C&B in Shaping the CEO Agenda.
Why this theme and why now?
Our conference themes have always linked Compensation & Benefits to the economy and the business contexts. This year it did even more so, as the changes the world is witnessing are profound structural shifts. It is today that all these forces shape the future of the industry, the future of Europe, the future of work, the future of humanity and of the planet.
Last year we introduced you to the concept of Responsible Employment, and took a serious look at a few topics that are more and more relevant today: diversity, pay equity, pay inequality. HR and C&B are influential in those areas and have a key role to play in shaping the CEO agenda!
Over the two days of the conference, we aimed to stimulate new thinking and provide tools on how reward professionals can make a difference and ensure participants would leave more informed and confident about the future than when they arrived in Rome.
Our keynote speaker, Gregorio De Felice, Head of Research and Chief Economist for Intesa Sanpaolo, kicked off the event and talked about the International macroeconomic outlook, from a European perspective.
Later on that day, our panel of executives from the Italian headquartered companies Telecom Italia, Autogrill Europe, Gruppo Campari and Assicurazioni Generali discussed executive rewards from their various perspectives and the role of the Remuneration Committee.
The conference programme presented a combination of panel discussions, intermezzo, workshop sessions and a series of case studies from client companies such as Virgin Media, Intel, GEA Group AG, thyssenkrupp AG, Bank of England and Deutsche Bahn AG. Introduced this year, the interactive roundtable allowed small groups of delegates to discuss more in depth the case studies with their speakers.
Not only provocative ideas presented by Arvid Hedman form Spotify and Luke Sondelski from Booking.com have been shared and exposed to the delegates but as well pertinent compensation and benefits insights to practical solutions that they could apply in their organisation.
The Gala dinner took place on the first night of the conference at the stunning Chiostro del Bramante, beautiful old cloisters located in the centre of Rome which provided an enhanced networking experience for participants.
Check out the highlights from our 2015 EMEA Compensation & Benefits Conference in Vienna.
See what was discussed at last year's event in Vienna.
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