The ESOP Association proudly kicks off Employee Ownership Month by announcing it has presented the prestigious Silver ESOP Award to 26 of its corporate members. The Silver ESOP Award honors companies that have maintained their ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) for 25 years or more. Including this year’s 26 honorees, the total number of Silver ESOP companies now stands at 386. (The Silver ESOP Award has been in place since 2008.) Combined, the Silver ESOP companies represent nearly 10,000 years of ESOP company management.