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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: In an interview with Inc. magazine, Fashion entrepreneur Eileen Fisher explains why she chose an ESOP instead of going public or selling to a larger company.
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.
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.
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.
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.