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Employee share ownership
against the crisis

An employee share ownership
fund to help companies

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To save companies with cashflow problems or under threat of bankruptcy from the pandemic, forms of State aid are multiplying: allowances, subsidies, loans, equity investments or even nationalisation. All are ultimately aimed at existing shareholders.

At the same cost, part or even all of this State funding could be directed to helping employees become shareholders in their businesses. Companies wishing to do so could set up an employee share ownership fund, to acquire 10%, 20% or even 100% of the shares.

The employee ownership model to be used is the ESOP model introduced in the United States as long ago as 1974. It was invented particularly for SMEs. It is still almost unknown in Europe, it is very different from what we know over here. However, it can be implemented in all European countries on the basis of existing legislation, by simply adapting it case by case in the finer points... See more


The new "Annual Economic Survey of Employee Share Ownership in European Countries" is just released
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We have a selection of 23 remarkable articles in 10 countries in April 2020: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, USA.
Belgium: Focus on employee share ownership for EH21 magazine.
Canada: Higher concentration of employee ownership among engineering firms compared with other business sectors, like in many other countries.
France: Vinci's 100.000 employees in France become Group shareholders. New employee share plans for Safran and for Eiffage. Further progress last year for employee share ownership in Europe.
Germany: New calls for legislation of employee share ownership for startups.
Israel: Recent ESOP tax developments in Israel.
Italy: Employee share ownership to counter the crisis for EssilorLuxottica.
Japan: New trust-type employee stock ownership plan.
UK: New employee ownership trusts. John Lewis closes stores and cuts staff bonus to 67-year low as profits plunge.
USA: European startups welcome proposals from the European Commission  aimed at a new EU industrial strategy, with an invitation for Member States to sign up to a “Startup Nations Standard” which would aim to promote best practices to support startups, such as favourable employee stock-options.

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