Democratic Workplaces

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:


Some well-known democratic workplaces include:


If you work at a democratic workplace, we invite you to join the USFWC!