Let's chat 100 percent employee ownership and our core values

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Let's chat 100 percent employee ownership and our core values


Let’s take a trip down memory lane to December 27, 2012. On that day, 41 percent of New Belgium was owned by its coworkers. That number grew to 100 percent on December 28.

We are currently the only 100 percent employee owned brewery, and that’s something we’re pretty darn proud of. It means that we’re far less likely to sell to a company like, say, AB InBev. It also means that we get to steer our own ship and make decisions as a collective. In early 2013 we were certified as a B Corp, which means we are guided not only by profits, but by environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“There are few times in life where you get to make choices that will have multi-generational impact – this is one of those times. We have an opportunity to write the next chapter of this incredible story and we’re really excited about that,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan, when we made the employee ownership announcement back in 2013. “We have always had a high involvement ownership culture and this allows us to take that to the next logical level. It will provide an elegant succession framework that keeps the executive team intact ensuring our vision stays true going forward.”

And that it does. In a time when so many breweries have either sold or are shopping for buyers, being in a position to feel comfortable with our ownership and know that it won’t change hands anytime soon is a luxury.

Both of these decisions came naturally thanks to our Company Core Values and Beliefs (which include, among other things, having fun). They've steered us well for the last 24 year, and we're excited to let them guide us for the next 24, too.

Cheers and love — Nic


Let’s take a trip down memory lane to December 27, 2012. On that day, 41 percent of New Belgium was owned by its coworkers. That number grew to 100 percent on December 28.

We are currently the only 100 percent employee owned brewery, and that’s something we’re pretty darn proud of. It means that we’re far less likely to sell to a company like, say, AB InBev. It also means that we get to steer our own ship and make decisions as a collective. In early 2013 we were certified as a B Corp, which means we are guided not only by profits, but by environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“There are few times in life where you get to make choices that will have multi-generational impact – this is one of those times. We have an opportunity to write the next chapter of this incredible story and we’re really excited about that,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan, when we made the employee ownership announcement back in 2013. “We have always had a high involvement ownership culture and this allows us to take that to the next logical level. It will provide an elegant succession framework that keeps the executive team intact ensuring our vision stays true going forward.”

And that it does. In a time when so many breweries have either sold or are shopping for buyers, being in a position to feel comfortable with our ownership and know that it won’t change hands anytime soon is a luxury.

Both of these decisions came naturally thanks to our Company Core Values and Beliefs (which include, among other things, having fun). They've steered us well for the last 24 year, and we're excited to let them guide us for the next 24, too.

Cheers and love — Nic

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