Fifty-Nine Percent of 2020 100 Best Companies to Work For Have Employee Ownership
Forty-six of the 78 companies that have stock on the recently released Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2020 have some form of broad-based employee ownership plan, the highest percentage yet. Twenty-two of the companies on the list are law or accounting firms, nonprofits, or a consumer cooperative and have no stock for employees to own. This is the highest percentage yet on the list of such firms with no stock, but normally about half the companies on the list do have employee ownership plans.
Of the remaining companies, twenty-two have employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) only, ten have a combination of ESPPs and equity grants, four have non-ESPP equity purchase plans, and four have broad-based equity grants but no equity plan. Six companies have ESOPs, and four of these are majority employee-owned (Publix, Burns & McDonnell, West Monroe Partners, and W.L. Gore & Associates).