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

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Infographics on Employee Ownership

Our infographics communicate the key features and benefits of employee ownership in an easy-to-understand format. We invite you to spread the word about employee ownership by linking to these and using them yourselves.

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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 6,941 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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