List of employee-owned companies

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This is a list of notable employee-owned companies by country. These are companies totally or significantly owned (directly or indirectly) by their employees.[1]

Employee ownership takes different forms and one form may predominate in a particular country. For example, in the U.S. most of the estimated 4,000 majority employee-owned companies have an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).[2] An ESOP is an employee-owner method that provides a company's workforce with an ownership interest in the company. In an ESOP, companies provide their employees with stock ownership, often at no up-front cost to the employees. ESOP shares, however, are part of employees' remuneration for work performed. Shares are allocated to employees and may be held in an ESOP trust until the employee retires or leaves the company. The shares are then sold.






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  1. ^ "What is Employee Ownership?". EOA. 3 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Facts". NCEO. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Dubovoj, Sina. "Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc". International Directory of Company Histories. Gale. Retrieved 2022-08-14 – via
  4. ^ "Evergreen Cooperatives". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  5. ^ "A Thirty-Year Gift: GLBC Announces ESOP - Great Lakes Brewing Company". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. ^ Francis, Theo (2007-01-22). "Inside Eileen Fisher's employee stock plan". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. PG Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  7. ^ "Who We Are". Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "Oliver Winery & Vineyards". Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  9. ^ Matt Owen (January 12, 2021). "Taylor Guitars is now 100% owned by its employees". Guitar World.

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