Companies regularly face challenges—whether a result of complex plan design or extension of a plan globally—in their share plans. This award allows applicants to demonstrate how creative they are in the design and administration of their share plans while still maintaining a high level of service to plan participants. 

The Most Creative Solution award is granted to companies who have implemented proven, effective, and innovative solutions that solve a company's needs and reduce workload and scale processes.

Awards in this category are granted to companies who offer premier solutions to unique challenges and set new industry standards.

THE 2023 MOST CREATIVE SOLUTION WINNERS

  • ALLIANZ SE

    Over 75,000 employees
    Germany
    ALLIANZ SE

    PROGRAM NAME: EMPLOYEE SHARE PURCHASE PLAN (ESPP)
    EMPLOYEES: 159,405
    COUNTRIES:70
    PARTNERS:BRUNSWICK GROUP, COMPUTERSHARE AND EY

    Allianz’s inclusive global reward proposition successfully replaced local share plans across the whole of the Allianz group enabling the majority of Allianz employees globally to own Allianz shares.

    The ESPP is designed to be user-friendly, digital, scalable, and fair, rewarding each and every employee for Allianz meeting its group targets. Key features of the plan include using one single share plan provider and one digital platform, harmonizing the subscription period, setting the holding period at three years, and automatically reinvesting dividends into the scheme globally.

    The ESPP also includes unique features that make it stand out in the industry, such as the option to offer one tax-exempt Allianz free share to employees globally and the payout of a cash equivalent to remaining employees who work in countries where the ESPP cannot be implemented.

    The judges were impressed by the ESPP's inclusivity and fairness, which align with Allianz's corporate purpose of "We secure your future." The plan engages all employees to contribute to Allianz's strategic objective of becoming a loyalty leader with customers in all its markets, fostering a sense of solidarity and belonging among employees globally.

    The judges commended the ESPP's creative solutions in reducing workloads, scaling processes, and fostering engagement with participants, making it a deserving winner of this award.

MORE MOST CREATIVE SOLUTION AWARD WINNERS

  • UIPATH INC

    Over 75,0000 employees
    United States
    UIPATH INC

    PLAN NAME: UIPATH GLOBAL EQUITY PLAN
    EMPLOYEES: 3,900
    COUNTRIES: 45
    PARTNERS: MORGAN STANLEY AT WORK

  • AIRBNB

    Between 5,000 and 25,000 employees
    United States
    AIRBNB

    PLAN NAME: AIRBNB EQUITY PROGRAM INCLUDING LONG-TERM INCENTIVES AND ESPP
    EMPLOYEES: 5,000
    COUNTRIES:26
    PARTNERS:BAKER MCKENZIE; CERTENT; COMPUTERSHARE; DELOITTE; FENWICK & WEST; EDELMAN; FIDELITY; LATHAM & WATKINS

  • SNAP INC

    Under 5,000 employees
    United States
    SNAP INC

    PLAN NAME: RELEASE AUTOMATION THROUGH ALTERYX
    EMPLOYEES: 4,000
    COUNTRIES:17
    PARTNERS:CHARLES SCHWAB

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