Collectively, we are slowly but surely building a ‘new economy’ that is socially just, economically inclusive, and environmentally regenerative. Within this new economy, the old model of ‘investor gets all the returns’ or ‘investor and C-suite divide the spoils’ no longer makes sense. Rather, a more aligned model is emerging: one where investors, founders, management and – importantly – all employees share in the value created in and by the company. These structures not only allow employees to share financially in the success of the business, but also align incentives across the entire company. However, this model is not being implemented nearly as often as one would expect in the impact economy.
During this session, we will zoom in on sub-Saharan Africa and explore why employee participation is important and how this can be implemented at a larger scale. Also, we will hear from founders who have built these participatory structures and investors who have supported these structures to better understand this model in practice.