A Visual Guide to Employee Ownership
From the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)

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Charting the Spread of Employee Ownership

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At the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a nonprofit membership and research organization, our task is to provide accurate, unbiased information about employee stock plans such as ESOPs and serve our thousands of members. But the often technical information we provide doesn't always provide interested people with straightforward illustrations of where employee ownership is found and how it works, and it doesn't always provide the right tools to communicate employee ownership and its benefits. This site exists to illustrate the world of employee ownership (for now, in the U.S. only) through maps, infographics, and videos, and other means. Please let us know what you think and check back soon.
New: We feature the video Torch Culture, in which employee-owners describe their small company, a place where the culture of caring runs so deep employees that employees established their own charitable organization.

Explore Our ESOP Maps of the U.S.

U.S. ESOPs by Start Date
U.S. ESOPs by Industry
U.S. ESOPs with Fewer Than 100 Participants
U.S. ESOPs with 100 or More Participants
View and search a map of U.S. ESOPs, color-coded by start date Or explore the U.S. ESOP map as color-coded by industry We also have a map of U.S. ESOPs with fewer than 100 participants Finally, we have a map of U.S. ESOPs with 100 or more participants

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What Is an ESOP?

What Is an ESOP?

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a benefit plan with advantages for the company, employees, and the original owners. Owners sell shares to the ESOP trust, which holds them for the employees.

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ESOPs in the US

ESOPs in the U.S.

Currently, there are about 6,940 ESOPs and equivalent plans employing roughly 13.5 million U.S. employees. ESOP companies are diverse: there are ESOPs in almost every industry and in all company sizes.

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Economic Power of Employee Ownership

Economic Power

Employee-owners were four times less likely to be laid off during the recent recession. Employees at ESOP companies have 2.5 times greater retirement accounts than equivalent employees elsewhere.

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Read What Employees Say About Employee Ownership

Our new Employee Voices section highlights what employee-owners in a variety of companies (and ownership plans) across the U.S. say about what employee ownership means to them.

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New Belgium Employees
K-Tator Employee

PBS NewsHour profiles 100% ESOP-Owned New Belgium Brewing

On October 22, 2015, PBS NewHour aired the segment "Brewery workers pour their hearts into business when given a stake," profiling 100% ESOP-owned New Belgium Brewing. It includes interviews with rank-and-file employees as well as cofounder Kim Jordan and consultant Chris Mackin. PBS and the interviewees approach employee ownership not just as a means of spreading ownership but also as a means to preserve the company's identity and as a springboard to create an highly engaged, entrepreneurial workplace where employees practice open-book management.