EFES NEWSLETTER - OCTOBRE 2012
Would you like investing in a financial tool if it is
not transparent? Hopefully not! The Employee Ownership Index
is published in the UK by a law firm in London. It shows
that companies in the EO Index outperform FTSE All-Share
companies over the long term by an average of 10% each year
since the EO Index began (see graph). Not bad!!! Our question
to this law firm was: "Which companies belong to the
Index?" Here is the answer: "I'm afraid we don't
give out the names of companies in the index". Maybe
the only stock index in the world whose components are unknown.
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We made a selection of 35 remarkable articles in 8 countries
in September 2012: Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany,
Italy, UK, USA.
Austria: Voestalpine will expand its employee shareholding
scheme, employees going to hold 14.50% of the steel company.
Promoting employee buyouts through workers' shareholding
cooperatives in Quebec.
"We need the ESOP to develop China's socialist market
economy", China's central bank Governor said.
France: New employee share plans for Rexel and for
Vallourec. Employees hold 23.3% of Bouygues. France is number
one for employee ownership in Europe but employee savings
could be hardly damaged due to new tax regime. Employee
buyouts are multiplying through workers' cooperatives: Some
new typical cases. The socialist government will promote
employee buyouts through a new specific workers' cooperative
Minister of Economy Philipp Rösler calls for better promotion
of employee share ownership in Germany. Bilfinger Berger
launches an innovative employee share plan for its 65.000
Employee shareholders of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
express negative vote.
UK: Employee share ownership can improve the motivation
and commitment of employees to their employer, according
to research by Loughborough University. It also revealed
that nearly 60% of employees felt that participating in
a share plan had given them a greater level of knowledge
and understanding of how to manage their money. Dr Pushkar
Jha expresses the vision that "employee ownership"
should be promoted rather than "employee share ownership".
Some new ESOP companies. An ESOP is a special type of retirement
plan that purchases stock of the business where the employees
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