Opportunity Knocking: Impact Capital as the Transformative Agent to Take Employee Ownership to Scale - CLEO Skip to main content


This paper proposes that impact investors and other capital providers could catalyze employee ownership buyouts. Impact capital could become the lever used to redirect wealth into the hands of working Americans, creating a more just and equitable economy that is more resilient against future shocks. Investments in employee ownership buyouts could offer attractive midrange returns, while at the same time ensuring worker-owners are set to achieve long-term financial security.