Durham University Business SchoolEmployee share ownership is widely viewed as a good HR practice because it enables employees to share in their company's success and to accumulate wealth. There is also widespread evidence that it is good for companies because it aligns employee interests with those of the company and its shareholders. Research evidence shows that broad-based employee share ownership is associated with enhanced company productivity.
The NCEO's 2016 Employee Ownership 100 list includes the largest companies of the United States that are at least 50% owned by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) or other broad-based employee ownership plan.
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Employee-owners—people who own stock in the companies where they work—are far less likely to lose their jobs than non-employee-owners.
One of the conclusions of the annual report of The European Federation of Employee Ownership (EFES) is that the number of emloyee shareholders in Europe is stabilized in 2015. However the decrease was significant in continental Europe since 2011 with - 10%, while the number increased with 10% in the UK.