NCEO logo
A Visual Guide to Employee Ownership
NCEO logo

You appear to be using an older version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, which this site does not support. We recommend that you upgrade to a modern browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Charting the Spread of Employee Ownership

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 documentary on employee ownership in Colorado to our Ownership Concepts videos.

Explore Our ESOP Map of the U.S.

U.S. ESOPs by Industry

View and search our U.S. ESOP map color-coded by industry

View, Use, and Share Our Infographics

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.

See full infographic and learn more

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.

See full infographic and learn more

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.

See full infographic and learn more

Watch “Culture and Communication at Employee-Owned Companies”

Employee-owned companies are often known for having inclusive cultures—cultures that aspire to make employees feel like the owners they are. At our 2017 conference in Denver, the NCEO spoke with a variety of employee-owners from ESOP companies from across the country about how culture manifests at their workplaces. In this video, they explain how "employee ownership is the glue that keeps us all together in a dispersed workforce"; how it fuels teamwork and "a collaborative nature" where "everybody is just invested in this business"; and beyond that, how a culture of shared ownership creates a feeling of family, with "all of us working together to make it a better company." See more in our video section.

Read What Employees Say About Employee Ownership

Our 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.

See what they have to say

New Belgium Employees
K-Tator Employee