Equity Atlas is verified by Certified EO

The employee/worker ownership model of business is perhaps the best-kept secret in the American economy. Today there are over 6,000 employee-owned companies with combined revenue of over $200B and employing nearly 2 million people. Employee-owned companies strengthen communities, foster a financially savvy workforce, build wealth for working people, and increase the resiliency of the economy during hard times. Despite these major benefits, many Americans don’t know that employee-owned companies are so common and so successful.


Equity Atlas is certified by a national accreditation program for employee-owned companies called Certified Employee-Owned (Certified EO). This is a major milestone for Equity Atlas and for all employee-owned companies. We are big believers in employee ownership, and Certified EO will raise national awareness of this important idea. Job seekers, consumers, businesses, and local governments will now have a uniform and consistent method for identifying great employee-owned companies.

Certified EO officially launched on September 5th with 29 “founding member” employee-owned companies including WinCo Foods, Lifetouch, Modern Times Beer, and (of course) us: Equity Atlas. Certified EO’s founding members operate in all 50 states and employ 47,000 Americans.

“This is truly an impressive group of companies,” said Thomas Dudley, CEO of Certified Employee-Owned. “They’re outstanding in their industries and they’re united by a deep commitment to their employees and their communities.”

Equity Atlas was worker-owned from its inception. A few years ago, before incorporating, we began searching for a metric that both separated the actual worker-owned companies from those who simply claimed they were, and at the same time would help our customers to understand the value of doing business with a worker-owned company. We found a perfect partner in Certified EO.

“Worker ownership not only strengthens our business, it also strengthens our roots in the Pacific Northwest,” said Brad Hippert, our CEO. “Our owners care deeply about the local economy; we owe our existence to and are owned by our community.”

If you would like to know more about the worker-owned structure of Equity Atlas, please refer to our equity ownership page. Or, click here if you would like to explore our member page on certifiedeo.com.