Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs): Objectives, Design Options and International Experience - CLEO Skip to main content


Employee share schemes are becoming more prevalent worldwide. Originally designed as an ownership-broadening technique of finance, the term ‘ESOP’ is now used to describe a wide variety of employee participation strategies covering a diverse array of applications. ESOPs are best known for their adaptability and flexibility across a broad range of economic, political, and cultural circumstances.