The importance of employee ownership

Employee ownership is one of the most important factors that sets us apart from the competition

Employee ownership has created a culture where we’re driven to think bigger and empowered to challenge convention. At Howden, we’re not afraid to rewrite the rule book when it comes to creating the best solutions for our clients.

The principle of employee ownership has been rooted at the heart of Howden since we were founded in 1994. Our vision was to create a workplace where people are consistently inspired to do their very best for the business, our clients and, vitally, for each other.

Today, thousands of employees own shares in Howden, from every corner of the business.

Our people now make up our largest shareholder group, supported by three long-term growth equity partners who share our passion and believe in our power to build a sustainable business for the future.

But taking ownership doesn’t have to mean buying shares in the business.

The owners’ mindset is something that's embedded in our culture; our people readily take ownership of their decisions, their actions, and their outputs. They’re invested in every sense. And we all know that by working together to drive the business forward, everyone will benefit from the extraordinary results we can – and often do - achieve.

As a global company, our owners’ mindset gives our people a sense of belonging.

No matter where they are in the world, everyone plays a part in our shared success.

Our relatively flat structure and intrinsic entrepreneurial spirit helps us attract the best people, and creates an environment where they are free to be the best version of themselves.

By bringing in and nurturing the best talent, the best talent follows. That's what makes us better. And that’s better for everyone.