is the world leader in global benefits
management and employee engagement,
with our proprietary software, Darwin™.
clients: 300+ companies
Number of countries where Darwin™ is used: 64
Number of languages on Darwin™: 16
Total number of awards: 71
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2. Engaged Employees
Darwin™ provides a variety of modules to
promote employee engagement by putting
them at the centre of their reward experience,
• An intuitive employee benefits portal, accessible
via tablet, making reward comprehensible and
enrolment straightforward, empowering employees.
• Automated, personalised and targeted online
• Integrated video and text help content which de-
• Your reward brand reflected in all communications
and throughout the employee experience.
Darwin™ gives you all the data you need for
more efficient benefits spend, and better
understanding of one of the largest of your
business costs, providing:
• A single source of truth for your benefits data.
• Better return-on-investment for your benefits
• The data you need to empower you to challenge
brokers and providers.
• Dynamic Total Reward Statements, so that your
employees understand and appreciate your
By creating a centralised, encrypted data hub,
Darwin™ gives you superior control over your
sensitive employee information so that:
• Records of all employees’ benefits transactions
can be accessed instantly.
• A full audit trail of all benefits transactions is
• You can define how benefits data can be accessed.
Streamlined Benefits Administration
Darwin™ gives you greater accuracy and enables
more streamlined benefits by:
• Creating automated links with benefit providers,
HR and payroll systems, enabling more secure data
• Freeing up HR teams from employee queries.
• Automating reports, freeing up time for value-
• Facilitating benefits management, either locally
or via shared services centres.
Darwin™ is cloud-based global benefits
management and employee engagement software,
used by some of the world’s most innovative
companies like Samsung, Cisco and Microsoft.
It leads to:
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3. The Challenge
As a recently merged and fast-growing business, bwin.
party recognised the need to build a universal global
reward infrastructure that would enable rapid staff
integration following prior and future acquisitions,
encourage organisational agility and global mobility, and
deliver a universal reward scheme across seven countries
with different languages, employment law, tax and culture.
bwin.party chose to work with Thomsons Online Benefits
and use their Darwin™ software to create one platform
that delivered their pay, benefits, share and recognition
schemes. Prior to the launch, employees had received
little or no benefits, and even where benefits were
provided, they did not match the demographic profile of
employees or offer any choice. It was imperative to engage
the very young, extraordinarily IT-literate workforce at
bwin.party with a reward stategy that delivered to their
In close collaboration, bwin.party and Thomsons created
an exceptional solution: a global, harmonised, branded
reward scheme with the same look, feel and structure
internationally, which catered for local variations
appropriate to each region.
‘just.rewards’ initially launched in the UK and Gibraltar in
April 2012, utilising innovative, unique communications
distinctive to each location. Every employee was reached
through a combination of on and offline material, and
face to face communication, drip-fed in the weeks prior to
launch. The scheme was then rapidly rolled out to India,
Bulgaria, Austria, Sweden and Israel and at every stage
the global team sought input from the local HR Business
Partners who were able to ‘localise’ the global approach
with best of breed solutions.
Importantly, Darwin™ was flexible enough to link all
of the global rewards strategy systems (TRS, flex and
voluntary benefits selection, global share plan and
recognition scheme) maximising value to employees
by offering choice, innovation and flexibility.
bwin.party has seen many benefits as a result of
implementing “just.rewards”. By standardising their
reward approach, global mobility has significantly
improved with a 50% increase in relocations. Employee
engagement and participation was also very high with
login rates of up to 98%.
In addition, the use of Darwin™ generated cost savings
on existing reward administration systems in excess of
$500,310, and created the capacity to administer the
new flexible reward scheme without having to increase
“We’re absolutely delighted that ‘just.rewards’ has been recognised as “International
Project of the Year” at the Pay and Benefits awards 2013. We have seen phenomenal
employee engagement with the scheme, and it has enabled us to deliver a truly global
reward strategy. As well delivering many business benefits and generating cost
savings, ‘just.rewards’ supports the continued global expansion of bwin.party.”
Kathy Swindley, Group HR Director, bwin.party
Over $500,310 saved on existing
licence fees for reward admin systems.
Employees saved $126,415 in tax, a
staggering $3,145.28 per benefit member.
High engagement and take up across
• 96% of employees in the UK logged
into the site, with an average of 1.5 flex
selections per employee
• 94% of employees in Gibraltar logged
into the site, with an average of 1.4 flex
selections per employee
• 98% of employees in India logged into
the site, with an average of 1.5 flex
selections per employee
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