Oxford Symposium on Employee Ownership

About the Symposium

About the Event


The Oxford Symposium on Employee Ownership is a collegial, participatory gathering of invited thought leaders, stakeholders, practitioners and government officials in the international employee ownership community. This unique annual event serves to explore major issues and obstacles to participatory capitalism and employee ownership with the ambition to incubate ideas and policies to advance employee owned business models worldwide.


The 2024 broad preliminary program will follow prior years:

Tuesday, August 6 – Preparatory briefing session for government officials and invited guests (limited and curated attendance), London Session; Bus transport for session participants to Oxford.
Wednesday, August 7 – Oxford Sessions, all day
Thursday, August 8 – Oxford Sessions, all day
Friday, August 9 – Departure


The Employee Ownership Foundation


Since its founding in 1991, the Employee Ownership Foundation has operated in pursuit of a single overarching goal: to help more individuals become employee owners. The Foundation has raised and donated millions of dollars to collect data used by academics, encourage objective research, and to facilitate dialogue about employee ownership between thought leaders.


Going forward, the Foundation is placing a larger emphasis on raising awareness of the employee ownership model among business owners, identify impediments or obstacles to employee ownership, and to fund more applied research that can further improve the market advantage held by well-run employee-owned businesses.


Governed by a national 50-person Board of Trustees and an eight-person Executive Committee, the EOF is recognized by the IRS as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations to it are tax deductible.


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The Center on Business and Poverty


The Center on Business and Poverty, supports businesses that embody the practice of participatory capitalism. The center works with companies that create good jobs, and does so through partnerships with firms, as well as non-profits and individuals. Since 2005, the Center has worked in more than 37 U.S. States and has focused international efforts in India, China, Sri Lanka, Mexico and the UK.


The Center for Business and Poverty is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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Fieldfisher UK


Fieldfisher is a dynamic European law firm headquartered in Riverbank House, overlooking the River Thames, in the City of London. The firm has market-leading practices in technology, financial services, energy and natural resources, and life sciences. Fieldfisher has extensive expertise in advising, creating, and sustaining employee ownership and employee share ownership solutions for a wide range of businesses and for decades had a leading role in developing and advancing the UK’s employee share ownership and employee ownership regulatory and non-regulatory frameworks.


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