Webinar | Navigating France Relocation Trends

Insights & Impacts on Global Mobility during the Paris Olympics

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 9 am central time.

Watch and listen as our panel of subject-matter experts provide essential information to navigate the French market and ensure a successful relocation or assignment.

Key Topics:

  • French Rental Market
  • Social Security Registration
  • 2024 Paris Olympics & Paralympics
Navigating French Relocation Trends Webinar features panelists from WHR Global and Home Conseil


Webinar Speakers

Moderator: Sean Thrun,
Strategic Initiatives Manager, WHR Global

Panelist: Jenny Elsby,
International Client Services Manager, WHR Global

Panelist: Jérémy Berthoux,
President, Home Conseil Relocation

Moderator: Brian Fournier,
Vice President/General Manager, Expat Relocation Services

“Like I mentioned, we do expect the Olympics and Paralympics to have a significant impact on the industry and mobility programs, particularly if you have a lot of commuters who are on assignment or business travelers who regularly, you know, take the train drive, fly into Paris.

A few interesting things.

  • Paris last held the Olympics 100 years ago in 1924, so obviously a lot has changed since then. I think it’s worth saying though, that even though this will be the biggest ever event organized in France, France did have the most international visitors in 2023.
  • They had 100 million people visit the country.
  • And Paris itself was the fifth most visited city in 2023.

So, no stranger to crowds, but when we do say this is the biggest ever event organized in France, it really puts into perspective the magnitude that we’re talking because the country is used to 100 million visitors per year.”

Sean Thrun

Strategic Initiatives Manager, WHR Global

“This is such an exceptional event that you cannot necessarily look at temp housing extension and say that this is purely due to personal choices.

The budgets are so skewed because of the market, you have to look at things with a slightly different eye.

Use our advice, really your assignees are probably doing the best they can with the support of the partners you have, but the market is very, very challenging.

Brian touched a little bit on this and moving services.  There are going to be certain periods where your assignee will not be able to get their shipments delivered to their houses if they are living in central Paris. This is also going to be applicable for rental furniture.  Fortunately, there is not going to be this workaround, people are going to potentially need temporary housing outside of the site.

There are increased travel prices and delays.  Heavy traffic and limited car access near event sites.

I have an assignee in Paris who was telling me that she applied 3 weeks ago for her QR code to be able to go from her home to the office and she hasn’t gotten it yet!  We are hoping she’s going to get it.  But just as an example, she said to me “quite honestly, she can already see now that this is going to be quite a challenging summer.”

I think a lot of people who are residents will potentially be going away for their July holiday as opposed to their normal August holiday this year.  I know that Jeremy knows that very well with the August vacations.

There is also a lot of information out there, not only support from myself and the team here but there is also a lot of governmental information which we are going to share with you in a minute”

Jenny Elsby

International Client Services Manager, WHR Global

“The potential rental price decrease drop we might see is after the Olympics.  As Jenny alluded to, there is a big, big influx of properties put on the temporary housing market, rather than the normal housing market.

We are beginning to seeing landlords coming back down because they cannot really get the rate they wanted or get these properties filled for the duration of the Olympics.  So we see, a few properties come back into the “normal market.”

And I am “looking ahead into my crystal ball” because there is no indication on that, but that is how I sense the market is from the end of the Olympics and the Paralympics, between say August 15 and September 15, because the Paralympics will draw less people, we will probably see a big influx of properties on the normal market all at once.

With as Jenny alluded to, the full-blown holiday period enforced in August in France, there will be less demand for it.  So we might see a reversal, an imbalance of the market between supply and demand all at once.

This won’t be the first time in my career that I see that.  That could lead to a lowering of the prices in the rental market and the budget for assignees coming into France and Paris, around September 1.  This is the potential silver lining.”

Jérémy Berthoux

President, Home Conseil Relocation

“So, Paris has been segregated into three zones as it relates to the Olympics.

If you see in the gray area, those are the event sites on the map. And the Blue line surrounding the Gray area is called the Silt Zone, and that is the domestic security and counterterrorism zone. There’ll be no traffic allowed in and around that zone, the Red Zone.

Now the government is advising that in the Red Zone it will allow access to cycles, pedestrians, vehicles that have a pass from the Paris police. The current advice we’re receiving is that movers can apply for a permit for only essential moves.

Now, we have not been given any direction on what constitutes an essential move and the feedback that I am receiving from our moving partners in and around Paris is expected the red zone to be completely restricted to moving.

It’s going to be extremely difficult to verify that you have an essential move and, in all likelihood, it’s going to be virtually impossible to for any movement within the Red Zone.

Now Blue Zone is technically available for removal services. The movers must register in advance to get QR code, and as Jenny had alluded to earlier, getting the QR code could be a little bit of a challenge, but without the QR code, the movers would not be allowed to enter that zone.

I think we need to keep in mind and setting expectations that the situation there is fluid, and we don’t know how smoothly or not the whole situation that’s going to run.

As it relates to the potential for moving services, certainly if there’s any security concerns or issues that arise, the government can shut down all the zones completely to any kind of commercial traffic.

That said, I think the best course of action as it relates to moving household goods into or out of any of those zones, the best course of action is probably to try and schedule that outside of the time frame of the levels.”

Brian Fournier

Vice President - General Manager, Expat Relocation Solutions

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WHR Global Receives EcoVadis Silver Sustainability Rating

WHR Global is committed to continuous and effective management of sustainability practices for our business and our world

As part of our commitment to society, our clients, the WHR Global team and the environment, we complete a thorough assessment of our business sustainability practices every year.  We review and report on our ESG (environment, social and governance) performance through EcoVadis, the global standard for business sustainability ratings.

In our latest 2024 rating, we are proud to share we earned a Silver Sustainability Rating, which places us in the top 15% of companies globally.

WHR Global awarded an EvoVadis Silver Rating on our Commitment to Sustainability

“WHR Global takes our environmental responsibility seriously and we are proud to partner with EcoVadis, the world leader in business sustainability ratings.
Sustainability is an essential part of our organization and reflects our pledge to contribute positively to our planet and our global citizenship.
WHR Global is equipped to tackle the challenges of today while proactively planning for a more sustainable future.”



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EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability ratings service of companies,
delivered via a global cloud-based SaaS platform.

The EcoVadis Rating covers a broad range of non-financial management
systems that include 21 sustainability criteria across four core themes:

  • Environment
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  • Ethics
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Each company is rated on the material issues as they pertain to their
company’s size, location and industry.

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We are proud of this accomplishment for our clients and team.

The EcoVadis process validates our sustainability commitments, practices and performance, and offers a clear roadmap for continuous improvement.

We look forward to sharing our commitment with you and partnering on your sustainable global mobility needs.

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Relocating Your Headquarters? Corporate Group Moves to Boston

Navigating Corporate Group Moves with WHR Global

Relocating your company’s headquarters or a significant number of employees is a complex undertaking that requires careful planning and execution. At WHR Global, we specialize in group move management services, ensuring a seamless transition for both organizations and their valuable talent.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the intricacies of corporate group moves and how partnering with an experienced relocation management company can make all the difference. We focus on making you the hero of your global mobility program, assisting with detailed cost projections to your leadership teams, relocation policy creation, and plenty of resources on the destination location for you and your staff.

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What is Group Move Management?

Group Move Management involves coordinating ten or more employee relocations occurring simultaneously between the same departure and destination work locations. Strategic decisions, such as opening a new facility, moving corporate headquarters, consolidating business, or mergers and acquisitions, often necessitate group moves. WHR Global’s comprehensive services extend to both domestic and international group moves. Whether you are relocating within the United States or considering a global expansion, we have the expertise to guide your organization through the entire process. Within this article, we’re going to focus on corporate group moves to Boston, Massachusetts.

Employee-First Approach to Corporate Move Management

Many group move management companies focus solely on larger project management, overlooking the individual families undergoing significant life changes. At WHR Global, our philosophy of “Advancing Lives Forward” ensures a personalized relocation experience for every employee, even amid a group move project. 
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Relocation Cost Projections & ROI

Depending on your position, your leadership team may look to you for detailed cost projections, including benchmarking from other companies in your industry to ensure you’re competitive. WHR regularly assists with relocation cost projections, including the creation of new relocation policies with various hypothetical scenarios. We understand that not all personnel may make the move, so it’s important to plan for the unknown. Make sure to offer comprehensive relocation packages to your critical first wave of employees or faculty, with a scaled-down package for mid or lower-level employees who may leave your organization if they’re forced to relocate. Employees are your biggest asset, but it’s essential to factor in attrition rates for employees who will refuse to make the move.

In addition to our downloadable benchmark reports, WHR works with many industry-leading organizations for cost estimates and cost of living data. The cost estimator tool we leverage supports 2,500 cities and 300 tax jurisdictions in 190 countries. There are 65 prepopulated relocation benefits in the system to choose from, such as estimates for household goods shipments, temporary housing, allowances, language lessons, cultural training, transportation, and more. Plus, there are unlimited calculation reruns with a 28-day window.

The cost estimator tool covers North America transfers (U.S. & Canada) at a discounted rate, and variety of global transfers and assignments:

        • Home-Based Long-Term Assignments with Tax Equalization
        • Host-Plus Arrangements
        • Short-Term Assignments
        • Commuter Assignments
        • International One-Way Transfers
        • Domestic Transfers
        • North America One-Way Transfers (U.S. & Canada)

Once we successfully run cost estimates, these are imported into WHR’s proprietary system (CARICS) so we can track budget-to-actual spend in real time, in virtually any currency. By running cost estimates and tracking budget-to-actual spend, your organization can begin to calculate a true return on investment (ROI) for your group move.

Benefits of Partnering with WHR Global

Group moves are complex and can disrupt business operations. Partnering with a relocation management company provides the expertise and resources needed for a successful move, while minimizing business disruption and ensuring strong productivity. WHR leverages our global network of supplier partners to ensure your employees are receiving the best support and information, no matter the service or location. Our network of supplier partners fulfills the relocation process from A to Z, including: home purchase, mortgage assistance, furnished temporary housing, rental assistance, lease negotiation, destination services, area orientation tours, settling-in services, and more.

Destination Information (Boston, MA)

Here are key insights on the Boston market from one of WHR’s Partner in Quality award winners, Brandon Tabassi, President at RE/MAX Partners Relocation — Mass./New England:

The Boston area is not just a U.S. hub of industry, it is an international hub, and it is THE HUB for the biotech, life sciences, pharmaceutical industries. It is also a major center for the tech, financial services, and engineering industries. Boston is the Capitol of Massachusetts, the U.S. State which consistently tops the ranks of education and health care; some of the most innovative minds in the world live and work in the Boston area, home of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is at the center of where innovation drives growth, and where rich history becomes the basis for a fruitful future. It is where knowledge is not just shared, it is created.

Given the high specialization of jobs and high salaries, there is enormous buying power for the residents of the Boston area who work in these industries. The Boston real estate market is dynamic and competitive, offering a broad range of residential sales and rental properties, from single-family homes to luxury apartments. Neighborhood characteristics, commute to the city, school rankings, and ongoing development contribute to significant variations in property values. The market frequently faces low inventory and high demand, creating a perpetually appreciating market. In sought-after neighborhoods, competitiveness is evident through consistent bidding situations and quick property sales, especially for well-priced properties.

Boston is one of the most consistently appreciating and historically stable housing markets on the East Coast and in the United States. The high demand for rental properties in Boston, fueled by a strong job market and a sizable student population, drives up this demand, particularly in popular neighborhoods. Ongoing urban development projects and proximity to public transportation, like the MBTA, further shape the city’s rental market dynamics and contribute to its evolving landscape. Furthermore, Boston is considered one of the strongest markets in the US to invest in a rental property.

At RE/MAX Partners Relocation, we are a real estate company that specializes exclusively in corporate relocation. We consistently rank top in service level among all relocation providers in New England and regularly receive national Top Producer awards. Our real estate and corporate mobility expertise allows us to offer differentiated, comprehensive and tailored services, ensuring successful moves for individuals and group relocations. With personalized home search strategies and a focus on individual transferees, we provide boutique-level service combined with brand-name recognition, ensuring a customized and exceptional experience for each and every move to the Boston area. In a market like the Boston area, nothing gives the strategic leg up to the relocating employee and corporate client, than the best in class home finding and home sale, real estate services.

Brandon Tabassi, CRP

President, RE/MAX Partners Relocation - Mass./New England

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4 Steps in the Group Move Process

Step 1: Pre-Announcement Planning

A solid relocation policy forms the foundation of successful corporate group moves. Understand your organization’s relocation budget, benefits for relocating employees, and plans for those who choose not to relocate. Confidence in your plan and relocation packages contributes to employee satisfaction.

Step 2: Announcement Day Communication

Effective communication is key. Plan a targeted announcement to affected employees as soon as a clear relocation strategy is in place. WHR Global provides guidance on communication points to ensure your talent has the necessary information. Here are sample topics your employees may ask you about. It’s critical you and your leadership team have sufficient responses and plans prepared, otherwise your employees may feel the decision has been made in haste.
      • Timelines, such as: the date they need to report in the new location; how long it will take to sell their current home; purchase a new home in the destination; provide lease cancellation to their current landlord; how the timeline will impact their children’s schooling and enrollment periods.
      • What relocation support they will receive, and how the cost of living compares between their current location and the destination.
      • Some employees will request to work remote full-time; As a leadership team, are you willing to part ways with that employee if they’re unwilling to relocate?
      • Are there any tax implications related to the relocation I should be aware of?
      • How will the relocation impact my current employment contact or agreement?
      • Can you provide information about the new city (Boston), such as neighborhoods, schools, and local amenities?
      • Can I choose my own moving company and/or real estate agent?

Step 3: Post-Announcement Execution

Executing the actual move is the most challenging part. With our extensive experience, WHR Global ensures a smooth relocation process. Our counselors facilitate critical, continuous communication before and during relocations. Within 24 hours of authorization, your employee’s dedicated WHR Global relocation counselor will contact the employee to conduct an initial consultation. We’ll analyze their needs and review the policy information with them to ensure they understand the benefits associated with their relocation, and we understand their specific family requirements. Regardless of the benefits you’ve authorized for your employees — BVO, GBO, direct reimbursement, mortgage assistance, lease break and rental assistance, a household goods shipment, temporary housing, destination services, and more — our goal for every relocation is for you to have happy, stress-free employees who are ready to get to work in the new location.

Step 4: Evaluation

After successful relocations, WHR Global provides information for evaluation and recommends improvements for future group moves. By leveraging interactive data analytics dashboards like WHR Insights, WHR reviews what went right and what could be improved. This includes items such as:
      • Employee surveys measuring their satisfaction with WHR’s service, technology, supplier partners, and the relocation benefits your organization offered;
      • Cost summaries, including multi-currency budget-to-actual spend, budget cost accrual reports, average cost per completed relocation;
      • Policy exception requests, including approved and denied exceptions; and more!

Why Group Moves Fail

Common reasons for group move failures include inadequate preparation, lack of clear objectives, and poor planning. Many organizations will attempt cost projections without first reaching out to a relocation management company (RMC). Or, those with less experience may not realize that most relocation benefits are taxable, which means providing tax gross up assistance to their employees — oftentimes 40% of the cost of the relocation — will drastically eat into their overall budget. Involving mobility managers early and tying the move to sound business objectives enhances success.

It’s also important to remember that you’re not just moving an employee, you could be moving their spouse, children, pets, and older dependents as well. Spouses may be quitting their jobs and uprooting their personal lives for the employee’s career. Children may be frustrating leaving friends behind, or they may have disabilities, which should be taken into account in their new school districts. If these needs aren’t addressed early and often, it could spell disaster for the employee’s relocation.

How Relocation Management Companies Help

RMCs assist in defining move objectives, advising on communication plans, designing effective policies, and managing logistics. WHR Global’s global footprint ensures the capability to handle group moves of all sizes and complexities.

RMCs also establish procedures to assess employee relocations, determine relocation policies, and project acceptance rates. Ensure your organization is incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) concepts and maintain consistent communication with stakeholders.

What to Look for in a Provider

Select a provider with extensive experience, user-friendly technology tools, relocation policy design expertise, and a clear reporting process.

At WHR Global, our team is dedicated to providing excellent service and peace of mind to your relocating employees. From policy development to planning and execution, we help your company achieve its corporate objectives during a group move.

Contact us to ensure a successful relocation for your organization’s headquarters or workforce to Boston or any destination worldwide.

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2024 Partner In Quality Awards

WHR Global Selects Recipients of its 2024 Partner in Quality Awards

WHR Global (WHR) announced its 2024 Partner in Quality Award winners. Recipients are WHR partners who exceeded customer satisfaction and service excellence throughout 2023. To be considered for a Partner in Quality Award, a partner must complete at least 20 transactions in the previous year and receive performance rankings within the top one percentile of the relocation partner’s service category. The award winners listed below exceeded WHR’s expectations in cost management, customer satisfaction, quality, and supply chain management.


We are extremely thankful to our entire supplier network, but specifically to these companies that have gone above and beyond in service and partnership. Their dedication and commitment to excellence have helped WHR Advance Lives Forward® of countless relocating employees.

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2024 Partner in Quality Award Winners (in no particular order)

A Beginner’s Guide to Destination Services

Once you identify a candidate who is willing to relocate, the real work begins. There are two sides to every relocation: the departure side and the destination side. While departure benefits, such as home sales and lease breaks, are important, you can’t forget about the destination services your employee will require for a successful relocation. Ensuring that your employee is completely settled into the new location means you will have a happier, better adjusted employee.

Every move has its challenges, regardless if the move is U.S. domestic or overseas. Providing your employee with destination services goes a long way toward helping them to succeed, along with reducing any mobility risk factors. Because of this, many companies turn to a relocation management company, or RMC, to ensure all the pieces are in place.

A Beginner's Guide to Destination Services

Departure Services

For some countries, such as Switzerland and Singapore, departure services are critical to the success of your employee’s transfer or new assignment. RMCs such as WHR authorize departure services to our network of independent destination services providers. When the employee is prepared to vacate their property, the scope of work can include: assistance closing out lease agreements, return of deposits, final property walkthrough, key handover, property condition reports, and closing utility accounts. It’s also critical for your transferees to consider closing bank accounts, and filing change of residency or departure information as required by country. Last, but not least, WHR will review and recommend whether the employee and their family members should take immigration steps such as the cancellation of employment or dependent passes in their departure country. 

Area Orientation

Navigating the complexities of international assignments requires a thorough understanding of the destination. Area Orientation services play a pivotal role in facilitating a smooth transition for relocating employees and their families. Beyond aiding in the decision-making process, these services provide an invaluable opportunity for expats to visualize their upcoming life in a new city, state, and/or country.

Our Area Orientation services encompass comprehensive guidance on various aspects, ensuring a well-informed decision:

  1. About the Country: Offering insights into the broader cultural and societal aspects of the destination country.
  2. About the Area: Detailed information about the specific region, including local customs, attractions, and community dynamics.
  3. Housing Overview: Providing a comprehensive view of housing options, rental markets, and neighborhood considerations.
  4. Schooling Overview: Addressing educational facilities, curriculum options, and enrollment processes.
  5. Q & A Session: A personalized question and answer session, allowing relocating individuals to seek clarifications on specific concerns.

WHR’s Orientation Tours provide a realistic overview, empowering transferees to make informed decisions and kick-start their assignments seamlessly. Whether conducted in person or online, these tours contribute significantly to a stress-free relocation experience, aligning with the diverse needs of global mobility.

Spousal Assistance

One of the primary reasons an employee will turn down a relocation assignment or end up in a failed situation is because their spouse was not given enough support. Helping your employee’s spouse find new employment, build a résumé, network in the new location, learn a new language, or adapt to a new culture, can make all the difference for your transferring employee and their family. This will also help you avoid employees turning down a relocation and avoid losing out on great talent.

In WHR’s Culture + Mobility Benchmark report, we found that only 39% of companies offer spousal assistance to their international population. Because relocating internationally adds another level of stress for the employee’s family, we believe incorporating this benefit will go a long way in helping you secure the right person for the available role.

Home Finding

After your employee learns a little more about the city, they can start the home search. It can be difficult to make the transition to a new city. Working closely with local agents who know the ins and outs of the city makes the process simpler and less stressful for the employee. Your RMC should be equipped to help connect your employees with qualified local real estate agents to help them find the home of their dreams, be it an apartment to rent or a new home to buy.

Mortgage Programs

If your employee is purchasing, they’ll need to arrange financing. Your RMC should be able to help connect your employees with a mortgage program. The employee should never feel obligated to use any referred mortgage providers, but it is an option many find beneficial because the mortgage provider will have a complete understanding of the relocation process.

Read more: Providing Mortgage Support to Transferring Employees in Today’s Housing Market.

Destination Closing Costs

In order to support relocating employees in their new location, companies consistently offer a reimbursement of destination closing costs. Closing costs can be quite pricey. And if the employee wasn’t anticipating a relocation, they may not have the funds to cover these fees on their own.

Incent to Rent

While not a common benefit, an “incent-to-rent” program offers you the ability to save significantly on future relocations. The “incent-to-rent” benefit gives current homeowners a bonus if they decide to rent in the new location instead of purchase. This is commonly offered to employees who relocate frequently and allows the company to avoid paying closing costs on the new home purchase and any future home sale costs.

Temporary Housing

Sometimes housing can’t be secured at the time the employee needs to report for their new position. In the event that this happens, they will need help coordinating temporary housing

Most companies offer temporary housing as a benefit to their relocating employee population. While it may be costly, and isn’t ideal for the employee, it does help them feel less stressed and be more productive in the new location, making it an integral part of any great destination services package.

Corporate relocation isn’t always long-term, which is why we maintain a network of corporate or temporary housing providers and hotel chains. Offering this service allows short-term transferees to feel at home anywhere, no matter for how long.

Your relocation provider should work with temporary housing providers that, at a minimum, conduct unit inspections 24 hours prior to employee arrival, supply an inspection sheet for every unit with recent photos, and provide a phone number for 24/7 emergency assistance.

In order to control cost, many companies choose to cap this benefit, either monetarily or by timeframe. For this very reason, it is essential that your RMC have a strong network of corporate housing providers. Using both local and national companies will ensure that you are able to offer a unit that meets all your employee’s housing needs. 

Download now: WHR’s Global Temporary Housing Benchmark Report

Settling-In Services

When making a major move, there are many details to consider. When you look to an RMC to handle the arrangements, you can be assured that your employee has everything that they require upon arrival in their new location. For instance, your employees may need help setting up utilities, banking, or getting a new driver’s license. Other assistance given can include help in finding schools, churches, or any other details that they need to get settled in.


In conclusion, a successful employee relocation hinges on thoughtful destination services that extend beyond departure logistics. By partnering with a reliable relocation management company (RMC), companies can address the diverse needs of their relocating employees, ensuring a smooth transition to the new location. From area orientation and spousal assistance to home finding, mortgage programs, and settling-in services, a comprehensive approach enhances employee well-being and ultimately contributes to a more satisfied and productive workforce. Embrace the power of strategic destination services to facilitate successful relocations and cultivate a positive corporate culture.

Discard & Donate Services

A Finnish Proverb says, “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”

For many longtime homeowners, the shift to “too much” can occur without even realizing it. An accumulation of “stuff” over the years, busy schedules, and simply no time to finally organize the basement, attic, or garage….

This can all lead to an overwhelming task when homeowners are faced with moving to a new location.

Many homeowners resign to packing up all of their belongings and hoping to find the time to sort and discard while unpacking. But, there is a better way!

Discard & Donate

Discard & Donate professionals help sort, organize, and remove items prior to a move. Taking this time upfront enhances the marketability of a home during showings, reduces the overall cost of a move, and helps homeowners settle into their new homes more quickly. Not to mention, Discard & Donate also reduces transferees’ stress levels by providing part consultants, part coordinators, and part hard workers to support your employees and their families.

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ESG Considerations

The environmental impact of sorting, discarding, or donating is also significant. Some movers calculate the number of trees saved on each move by eliminating cardboard and packing material. This is in addition to fuel savings and repurposing items through donation instead of sending them off to a landfill.

Not all household goods shipments are created equal, in terms of carbon emissions. In fact, the carbon footprint of air shipments is disproportionately high compared to other transportation modes, making it imperative for businesses and global mobility programs to seek sustainable alternatives; This includes preventing the item from ever being shipped by leveraging Discard & Donate. 

How the Service Works

Relocation management companies (RMCs) like WHR Global work with these Discard & Donate providers to aid employees, families, and their employers. The homeowner first completes a needs assessment with the provider to determine the scope of services needed. They can arrange for unwanted items to be picked up and donated to charity. Any goods that are unable to be donated will be taken by the provider to the appropriate waste removal site.

When determining which household items to keep, discard, or donate, it’s critical for relocating employees to ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Do you use the item regularly?
  2. Does it have sentimental value?
  3. Are you saving it “just in case?”
  4. Do you have more than one?
  5. Can you easily replace it in the destination?

The Cost

Pricing for Discard & Donate is determined by the amount of goods discarded or donated. However, if you — the employer — are paying for the move, the service fee is nominal compared to the transportation savings (with an additional $.65 per lb. of savings remaining).

Example: Remove 2,000 lbs. of household goods

Standard shipping cost:                   $2,400
Discard & Donate fee:                       –$1,100 
Savings on one shipment:                $1,300


Just remember: “The more things you own, the more they own you.” Relocating employees have enough concerns, including housing, timelines, cost of living, and more. 

Contact us to find out more about how Discard & Donate services can help relocating employees declutter, be happy in their new homes, and save your company money in the move process.