In addition to worker cooperatives, there are many other types of democratic workplaces, including but not limited to:
- Multi-stakeholder cooperatives, where workers are one of several member/owner category
- Consumer cooperatives with democratic staff self-management
- Non-profit organizations with democratic staff self-management
- ESOPs with majority worker ownership
These businesses and organizations provide paid employment to workers who, while not direct owners or sole owner class, have democratic self-management in the workplace.
How workplace democracy manifests itself in different businesses and organizations, depends on many factors and can be influenced by industry, age, and size. But the core principle remains that workers have some form of democratic participation in the workplace.
Learn about the different types of other democratic workplaces:
- Solidarity as a Business Model: A Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives Manual (2011)
- FAQs About Employee Ownership – distinguishing worker coop and ESOP
- The Rise of Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives (Shareable, 2014)
- Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives are Key Structure to Platform Cooperatives (2015)
- Why a staff collective? (Worcester Roots explains their non-profit management structure)
- Worker Self-Directed Non-Profits
Some well-known democratic workplaces include:
- Central Co-op (multi-stakeholder cooperative with consumer and worker members)
- LINC Foods (multi-stakeholder cooperative with worker and farmer members)
- Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery (consumer coop with democratic staff management)
- People’s Grocery (consumer coop with democratic staff management)
- Sustainable Economies Law Center (worker-self directed non-profit)
- New Belgium Brewery (100% ESOP)
- Once Again Nut Butter (100% ESOP)
If you work at a democratic workplace, we invite you to join the USFWC!