Useful Links


The Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BBCM) The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise. It is the only organisation uniting the entire and diverse range of member owned businesses in Australia.

United States

National Center for Employee Ownership A comprehensive US site which contains a wealth of information on US stock and option plans. The NCEO also runs a wide range of seminars in the US for those interested in employee ownership.
Centre for Economic & Social Justice The Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), established in 1984, promotes a free enterprise approach to global economic justice through expanded capital ownership. CESJ is a non-profit, non-partisan, ecumenical, all-volunteer organization with an educational and research mission.
Employee Ownership Foundation The Employee Ownership Foundation’s (EOF) primary purpose is to support programs that will increase the level of awareness and appreciation of the benefits of employee ownership and increase the number of employees who have access to this benefit.
Foundation for Enterprise DevelopmentThe Beyster Institute The Foundation for Enterprise Development specializes in international entrepreneurship and economic development.The Beyster Institute specializes in employee ownership, equity compensation and entrepreneurship. Their motto is ” None of us is as smart as all of us”.
Ohio Employee Ownership Centre The Ohio Employee Ownership Center supports the development of business across Ohio and around the world by its efforts that are proven to save jobs, create wealth, and grow the economy. The OEOC’s work rests on a simple philosophy: broader ownership of productive assets is a good thing for employees, communities, and the country. The OEOC provides technical assistance, training, & outreach to the business community.
 ESOP Association The ESOP Association, founded in 1978, is a national non-profit membership organization with a primary focus on employee ownership through employee share ownership plans (ESOPs). It serves 2,500 ESOP companies and professionals with expert educational ESOP programming and information. It focuses on promoting and enhancing laws before Congress and regulatory agencies that govern ESOPs.
Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership (CLEO) CLEO is the largest online academic repository of teaching and background materials on employee ownership.


The ESOP Association Canada The ESOP Association Canada is a non-profit organization founded in November 1990 for the purpose of promoting the concept of employee ownership for business in Canada.

United Kingdom

Employee Ownership Association The Employee Ownership Association UK (formerly Job Ownership Ltd  – JOL) is the association of employee owned and trust owned businesses in the UK. The Employee Ownership Association exists to promote employee ownership of business and to expand the size and influence of the co-owned business sector in the UK. It provides information and services to members and new thinking about employee ownership.
The ESOP Centre The Employee Share Ownership Centre is a non profit subscription based organisation founded in 1988 by chairman Malcolm Hurlston to inform, lobby and research in the interest of developing all forms of broad-based employee share ownership plans in the UK and Europe.
Ifs ProShare ifs ProShare is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and encourages employee share ownership. You can see details of our most recent meeting here.
How to achieve an employee buyout The UK Government’s “Businesslink” business advisory service has recently set up a web-site to assist retiring small business owners with business succession and exit through employee buyouts. The web-site is called “How to Achieve an Employee Buyout”.
Succession London Succession London is a specialised consultancy service for owner managers who wish to retire or move onto something else but have not yet designated a successor. Succession London offers the business owner a realistic exit route from the company by facilitating a sale to employees or the next generation.
Centre for Mutual and Employee -owned  Business The Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business exists to develop and compile research on these alternative corporate forms, and to act as an academic hub for economists, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers and business and management scholars, with an interest in broadening debates about ownership and corporate governance.  They also offer a ten week online course covering how the employee buyout phenomenon works.


European Federation of Employee Share Ownership EFES’ objective is to act as the European umbrella organization of employee owners and all persons, companies, trade unions, experts, researchers, institutions, all those people who are looking to promote employee ownership and participation in Europe. The European Federation is developing, with the contribution of experts, legal specialists and economists. It is setting up a European centre for information, meeting, training, advice, representation and lobbying to serve its members. It also organises many events and meetings in Europe to promote and develop the participation of employee owners.
European Programme for Employee Ownership Learning and Education (EOLE) EOLE is the European Programme for Employee Ownership Learning and Education. EOLE will collect all information about existing communication, training and education programmes and invites (European) companies, organisations and social partners, educational and training organisations, to provide relevant information for their databank.


Industrial Development Corporation IDC was established in 1940, we are a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development. We are owned by the South African government under the supervision of the Economic Development department.


Global Equity Organisation GEO was founded in 1999 to support corporate executives and equity compensation professionals dealing with the challenges of creating, managing and administering employee share plans large and small, national and global. GEO has more than 4,500 individual members representing over 1,500 companies and professional firms in more than 60 countries around the world.
WorldatWork WorldatWork is a not-for-profit organization providing education, conferences and research focused on global human resources issues including compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has nearly 30,000 members in more than 100 countries.
International Association for Financial Participation (IAFP) The IAFP is a non-profit association which promotes wider employee financial participation and share ownership in an employer’s business, through support and information sharing among national associations, employers and interested academics. The IAFP is based in Paris. The EOA is a member of the IAFP. You can see details of our most recent meeting here.