It’s a global economy, of course, and most of us – irrespective of size – are doing business outside the U.S. In our case, we have non-U.S. company clients with employees here. So I’m always interested what benefits non-U.S. companies are providing their employees in the home country.

I’ve posted before that employee ownership is not just for U.S. workers. The  European Federation of Employee Share Ownership (EFES), the leading voice of  employee ownership in Europe, has just published their first Annual Economic Survey of Employee Ownership in European Countries.

The main finding is that employee ownership is growing faster in Europe than expected. Projections are that employee ownership is going to double within the next 5-10 years, from 8.2 million employee owners to 16 million, from 26.2% of all employees in large European companies to 40-50%, and capitalization held by employees going to increase from 2.35% now to 4 – 4.5%.

Here is a link to subscribe to the EFES newsletter if you’re interested in more information about employee ownership outside the U.S. It’s also an opportunity for you to practice your Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Greek, Finish, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Bulgarian, Czech,Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovene, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, or Japanese.