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The Employee Ownership Blog discusses the purpose of the Employee Ownership foundation and the mission and vision of the ESOP Association:

  • Employee Ownership Foundation's primary purpose – “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.”
  • The ESOP Association’s mission – “to educate and advocate about employee ownership with an emphasis on ESOPs.”
  • The ESOP Association’s vision:

    “We believe that employee ownership improves American competitiveness…that it increases productivity through greater employee participation in the workplace…that it strengthens our free enterprise economy and creates a broader distribution of wealth…and that it maximizes human potential by enhancing the self-worth, dignity, and well-being of our people.

    Therefore, we envision an America where employee ownership is widely recognized as a catalyst for economic prosperity…where the great majority of employees own stock in the companies where they work…and where employee ownership enables employees to share in the wealth they help create.

    And we look for our nation to become for all the world an example of prosperity with justice through employee ownership.”

For more information on mission and vision statements, check out Build a Strategic Framework: Mission Statement, Vision, Values ...

NCEO Innovations Award

The NCEO has extended the Innovations Award deadline to February 7, 2008:

"The Innovations in Employee Ownership Award (the "Innovations Award") is an annual award recognizing creative ideas that help make employee ownership stronger, and publicizing those ideas so others can learn from them. Innovations can deal with employee participation, entrepreneurship, communication programs, education, plan design, or other ideas that strengthen employee ownership."

Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE)

The AACE award deadline is March 3, 2008:

"The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) are sponsored by The ESOP Association to recognize the outstanding communications programs of its members. AACE winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOP communications.

Every AACE entry is a winner because each one represents a company with a commitment to ESOP communications. It is hoped that the AACE program will be a motivating factor in encouraging more ESOP companies to share this valuable benefit with their employees.

All entries will be displayed at The ESOP Association's Annual Conference in May, in Washington, DC and at the Communications Seminar in July, in Chicago. Winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet during the Annual Conference.

Any Corporate Member of The ESOP Association may enter material from its ESOP employee communications program."

Additional Information on the Innovations and AACE Awards
Here are some links to prior blog posts that discussed the above-mentioned awards:

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