What makes a company truly global? "Companies' representatives tell me they're multinational - they've been operating outside their home country for many years - but only recently have they begun to feel truly global," said Lynn Dudley, senior vice president of policy at the American Benefits Council, while moderating a panel discussion at the MetLife 9th annual National Benefits Symposium in Washington, D.C. "And when I ask what it is that makes them feel truly global, it is the fact that they have implemented a benefits strategy that supports their ability to respond to the needs of their employees all over the world."

Joining Dudley on the panel were representatives from IBM, Disney and Air Liquide, who agreed that benefits is a key distinction separating multinational companies from truly global ones.

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