New Belgium Brewing

A WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Organization™

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New Belgium Brewing brews artisan beers.

Industry: Brewing Type: Employee-Owned
Years on the WorldBlu List: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Why Freedom at Work™

At New Belgium, we knew early on that we wanted to share the rights and responsibilities of ownership with our co-workers. We initially created a phantom stock plan which has transitioned into a full, 100% employee-owned, ESOP. Part of being an owner here is understanding the business of running the business. To that end, we practice open book management and engage all co-workers in our annual strategic planning. We encourage open and honest communications throughout the organization. You can question, prod, and disagree with decisions, which makes for a robust planning process. We feel transparency and inclusivity foster trust and engagement, while allowing people to bring their true best selves every day.

- New Belgium Kim Jordan, Founder, New Belgium Brewing