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Companies with Employee Stock Ownership Plans regularly make the news due to their unique corporate culture, community involvement, and employee/employer benefits. There is also a national conversation about the benefits of Employee Ownership and ESOPs.

Please see below for a collection of recent articles that highlight the diversity of coverage ESOPs garner. 
The Intercept

Could Expanding Employee Ownership Be The Next Big Economic Policy?

Two likely Democratic presidential contenders in 2020 have made quiet strides in recent years to bring into vogue a little-known policy that could reduce economic inequality — one that harnesses current law to expand workers’ ability to become owners in their place of employment. Article also featured in Non-Profit Quarterly.

Inside Indiana Business

ESOP Support Remains Strong Despite Midterm Election Results

On the surface, November's midterm elections appear to have had a negative impact on ESOPs (Employ Stock Ownership Plans), because ...

Washington Post

The House Passes a Bill Aimed at Helping Employees Buy Out Their Employers

“Supporting employee owned businesses constitutes a great jobs policy,” J. Michael Keeling, president of the ESOP Association, an advocacy group for employee stock ownership plans said in a news release. “These companies are 7.3 times more likely to retain workers than conventionally owned firms.”

Vermont Business Magazine

A Year of Change for Employee-Owned Gardener’s Supply

“2018 was a transformative year for us,” says Cindy Turcot, one of the original employees and now President of Burlington-based Gardener’s Supply Company. A national retailer, Gardener’s Supply is one of Vermont’s best-known companies, a leader in the socially-responsible business community, and 100 percent employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

NPR: Marketplace Morning

Dec. 10, 2018

Work at a company for a while and eventually own it … or at least a good chunk of it. That’s the idea behind Employee Stock Ownership Plans or ESOPs. Currently, a little under 7,000  businesses in the U.S. have them. And a recent survey by the ESOP Association suggests that the companies that do may see their employees become more productive as a result.