The superiority of codetermination.

The United States should learn from the better performance of European companies which have worker representation on boards.

In comparison with the United States, the economies of northern Europe do a superior job of fulfilling Adam Smith’s hopes for capitalism as a mechanism to diffuse prosperity. Their success in displacing the US as the economic land of opportunity is a consequence of American corporations prioritising shareholder returns. In contrast, northern European companies with a codetermination system—where employees sit on company boards—prioritise strengthening domestic labour markets. Continua la lettura

Eillie Anzilotti – The business of the future is ethical, sustainable, and employee-owned

You may not know it, but when you’re buying clothes from Eileen Fisher, you’re buying from an employee-owned company. Fisher founded the company in the early 1980s, but instead of going public, she sold 30% of the company to her own employees in 2006 (they now own 40%). That’s helped her keep the brand’s principles aligned: Eileen Fisher was one of the first clothing companies to offset 100% of its carbon footprint, and it’s become a pioneer in advancing localized, sustainable production, setting itself on a path to use 100% organic cotton and linen by 2020.

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Imprenditori e dipendenti, il confine è sempre più labile.

Sempre più labile il confine tra lavoratori e datori di lavoro. Mai come ora, infatti, è stata sentita l’esigenza da parte dei lavoratori di essere parte integrante dell’azienda per cui lavorano. E se questo vuol dire scommettere anche parte dei propri guadagni, ben venga. Una ricerca condotta dall’Economist mostra, infatti, come ben 32 milioni di lavoratori americani negli ultimi anni abbiano deciso di partecipare all’economia dell’azienda.

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