Employee ownership, either in the form of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) or stock options, is now recognized world wide. The leading voice of employee ownership in Europe is the European Federation of Employee Share Ownership which held its Sixth European Meeting of Employee Ownership in Brussels last month.

For those of you interested in what Europe is doing with employee ownership – we are after all in a world economy, here is a link to the Conference presentations. One of our neighbors, John Hoffmire at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, presented a paper on Employee Ownership Indices and Investment Funds in the USA, 1992 to present.