Every year Democracy At Work Institute and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives conduct the Annual Economic Census to study the economic and social benefits of worker cooperatives. We want to invite your workplace to participate. This is an opportunity to contribute to major, ongoing research that will not only help shape the future for worker cooperatives in the US, but it also helps us show off just the strong, meaningful, and rapid growth of our sector. Every year we publish a State of the Sector report that helps inform our strategies for growth, advocacy and to support each other.
Download last year's report here.
All reporting of results will remain absolutely confidential and no single business will be identifiable in the census results. If you have any questions about the census and the information we are gathering, you can reach out to Ana Martina to ana [at] usworker.coop or Tim Palmer to tpalmer [at] institute.coop.
Why is this important?
- You’ll be able to see how your cooperative experience compares to other worker cooperatives and traditional firms, and each participant will receive a digital copy of the report. Knowledge and public awareness about worker cooperatives will grow. We are at a crucial time where people are beginning to look for real, workable solutions — this census allows us to share our movement with the wider world.
- It will be easier to gain policy support. Hard numbers will help us to increase policy support, funding and technical assistance resources for worker cooperatives across the country.
- Huge savings on membership to the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. For worker cooperatives that are not yet members of the USFWC, we are offering 50% off of your membership dues through June 2020 upon completion of this survey. Membership gives you access to vital benefits like access to dental and vision insurance, referrals, and peer networking.
Responses are due September 2nd, 2019.