2021 ESOP Corporate Governance Survey results now available

The survey report presents data on board composition, director compensation, trustee types, trustee compensation, and other governance topics, drawing on responses from 302 ESOP company respondents. Data is broken out by industry, percent ESOP, corporate type, number of employees, age of plan, and revenue.

Two Observations from CEOs About Leading in the Pandemic

One of the perks of my job is that I get to talk a lot with people from employee-owned companies, and I have noticed two themes in my conversations with CEOs around the country in recent weeks: tolerance for uncertainty has almost disappeared, and disruptive times are fertile grounds for investments in training and leadership development. The NCEO is hosting an innovative CEO networking roundtable.

Adapting to Changing Workplace Attitudes with High-Involvement Culture

It's no secret that workplace attitudes are changing. The first thing to acknowledge is that this is not an issue with a quick fix. For many companies, this will require a real change in their workplace attitudes or in how they treat employees. Our resources will help you.

An Update to the Community: Why the Fall Forum Will Be Fully Virtual

As you've probably heard by now, our 2021 Fall ESOP Forum will now be exclusively an online event. While this news is disappointing to all of us who were eager to reunite with the ESOP community in person, we’re very excited for the Forum’s virtual shift and all the ways we’ll connect in our online format.

House Committee Report Directs SBA to Fully Implement Main Street Employee Ownership Act

Since the Main Street Employee Ownership Act (MSEOA) was signed into law in August 2018, the NCEO and others in the field have questioned whether its implementation matched Congress's intent to promote employee ownership. A House appropriation bill committee report now makes clear that the SBA has a mandate to implement the MSEOA's directives.

Increasing Access to the Fall ESOP Forum

Every year, my colleagues and I at Chartwell look forward to the NCEO's events, and this year's Fall ESOP Forum is no different. We couldn't be more excited to finally reconnect with all of our ESOP friends at this year's Forum.

Our Friends at the VEOC Are Hiring

Our friends at the Vermont Employee Ownership Center are currently hiring a communications and outreach coordinator. The deadline for applying is August 9, with a prospective start date in September. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody in the Burlington area to get involved with one of the most established, successful, and forward-thinking organizations in this space, and we encourage all interested parties to apply.

At the Intersection of ESOPs and DEI

We believe the same aspects that animate the ESOP world also animate the conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion. A healthy ownership culture is, after all, an inclusive ownership culture. For this reason, the NCEO will host a DEI workshop starting July 29.