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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 added a new section where employee-owners express what ownership means to them.
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.
We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream is a new documentary that follows three companies of different sizes in different industries and regions that use employee ownership in diverse ways (an ESOP, a worker cooperative, and a phantom stock plan). Founders, employee-owners, and others discuss shared ownership structures, empowering corporate cultures, linked reward and risk incentives, and human-capital innovation models. The film follows as decisions are made on founding the company, expansion, succession, recruitment, and layoffs. This is a five-minute mini version made for the NCEO, which screened the film at its 2013 annual conference (a larger version is on our video page). See www.wetheowners.com for information on the full movie.