(almost) No European SME employees have ownership in what they produce

2 min read
15-mei-2023 17:24:43

Just 5 Million EU employees own equity in the company they work for. This creates a staggering divide and it leaves Europe behind in the race for global talent.

That 96.5% of the 137 Million SME workers in Europe have no ownership in the company they work for means that only 5 Million of them do own equity. This creates a staggering divide and fosters the philosophy that there is a fierce split between human capital and ownership. Critically, it leaves Europe behind in the race for global talent.

Valuation platform

This fight has been at the foundation of both Equidam and Share Council, which have joined forces to tackle the problem. In this Share Council trying to lower all legal, structural and social barriers in setting up participation plans, where Equidam solves the valuation trap. And exactly this is where a lot gets to a standstill, valuing the company on a consecutive basis in order to make participation fair and transparent for everyone. Both companies realised the golden merritt in their solutions to fight inequality while boosting the race for global talent.



From today on both platforms are linked to serve your company in setting up Employe Ownership while easily tackling the Valuation issues. Over the following months, the companies will be working on further integration of Equidam’s valuation technology into Share Council’s Employee Ownership platform, driving the charge to reduce employee ownership barriers.

“If Europe has to remain competitive, it needs to include a much larger pool of talent in the gains of startups and scale-up companies. This is the only way to create the virtuous circle of capital and expertise reinvested back in early-stage companies. 

Regulation is catching up, and software infrastructure needs to do the same. We hope to play a big role in this ambitious goal.” Daniel Faloppa – Equidam

New Foundation

To underline the gravity of this partnership Equidam and Share Council are also joining forces in the new 137 Million Club, a foundation focused on making every European employee co-owner of the company they work for in order to close the capital wealth gap our society has dug itself into. 

“63% of the European capital is in the hands of 10% of the population. See here a link with 96.5% of European SME employees not owning the company they work for, not generating a passive income on their efforts. As long as we keep it this way, the capital wealth gap will only widen, with the worst economical and societal consequences as a result. I believe it is our moral duty to fix this.” Quintus Willemse – Share Council

So let’s start working together on these issues. Let’s kill two birds with one stone. We’ll end the difficult and audacious task of doing valuations and implementing employee ownership. To give us in Europe the best competitive advantage in creating strong talented teams and to make our world truly inclusive for all.

Waarom voor Share Council kiezen?

Share Council’s participatie platform zorgt ervoor dat er, na het opzetten van de structuur en het uitkiezen van de contracten, niet meer nagedacht hoeft te worden over de administratie. Alles wordt op de achtergrond voor je geregeld en bijgehouden. We willen van elke werknemer een held maken en dichterbij ons doel komen om de kapitaal ongelijkheid in de samenleving te verminderen.

Meer weten over verwatering van aandelen, participatieplannen en wat dit voor jouw situatie kan betekenen? Book een demo met onze CEO.