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The Employee Ownership Report

NewsletterConcisely written for leaders in employee ownership companies and for service providers in the field, the NCEO's bimonthly newsletter, the Employee Ownership Report, is the most efficient way to stay informed about legal issues, current events, best practices, breaking research, management approaches, and communications ideas for employee ownership companies.

Available exclusively to NCEO members, the Employee Ownership Report is delivered in hard copy and all issues back to 1997 are available in the members-only area of the Web site.

Nonmembers are invited to read the sample article below from the current issue of the newsletter. Every time a new issue appears, the sample article on this page will be replaced by one from the new issue. Join online for only $90 to receive the Employee Ownership Report and all our other membership benefits.

Read a sample issue of the entire newsletter (September-October 2015).

Sample Article from the September-October 2016 Issue:

The 2016 Employee Ownership 100 List

The NCEO's 2016 Employee Ownership 100 list includes the nation's largest companies that are at least 50% owned by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) or other broad-based employee ownership plan. Many are 100% employee-owned.

The great majority (92%) of the companies on this list have ESOPs, and several of them have more than one plan. Other vehicles for employee ownership on this list include profit sharing plans invested in company stock, stock purchase plans, 401(k) plans, and a worker cooperative.

Seven companies are new to the list this year, and the companies featured on the list collectively employ approximately 619,000 people worldwide. This year the smallest companies on the list have 1,100 employees. Several companies from last year's list have been removed as a result of smaller employee counts, acquisition, or changing ownership structure.

In an analysis of ESOP companies on the list, an average of approximately two-thirds of employees participated in the plans. At approximately 70% of ESOP companies on the list, at least 50% of employees were participants. Certain categories of employees may be excluded from ESOP participation, so these low participation rates most likely reflect companies with (1) a large percentage of international employees; (2) employees covered by a collective bargaining unit in which they negotiated for benefits other than ESOP participation; (3) employees in separate lines of business, or (4) comparable non-ESOP retirement plans that they offer to other employee groups. We include ESOP companies on the list regardless of the percentage of employees participating in the plan because ESOPs are legally required to be broad based and nondiscriminatory.

If your company should be on the list, please let us know. There are no readily available data sources for such figures, so we compile information from the companies themselves, news stories, company websites, and if none of these are available, online data resources. We encourage companies on the list to contact their local and trade media to tell their stories. We have sample press material available (please contact Dallan Guzinski at DGuzinski@nceo.org).

You can see The Employee Ownership List here on our website.