International assignees play a vital role in the ongoing success of multinational companies. This article offers a concise overview of the latest trends in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector and their impact on mobility, and then goes on to outline how the global mobility team at Barry Callebaut — one of the world’s leading suppliers of cocoa and chocolate products — recently transformed the company’s approach to overseas assignments while maintaining an extremely tight ship.
"With more than 9,000 employees operating across more than 30 countries, entrepreneurial consumer goods firm Barry Callebaut (BC) realizes how crucial it is to ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time. Yet just four years ago, the business’ approach to mobility was ad hoc; a loosely constructed — and widely ignored — mobility policy meant that assignees and managers negotiated terms between themselves on a case-by-case basis. As a result, overseas moves were protracted, expensive, and marred by erratic service from vendors and local HR teams alike."
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