For nearly 30 years, Equal Exchange has been a leader among Fair Trade food and worker-owned businesses. Less widely-known is that our worker cooperative has also been a major innovator in the way that social mission-driven companies can secure financing. But that’s changing as our capital program reaches new levels of success and inspires others to follow our financing model.
Our model includes five major elements:
- Outside preferred Class B non-voting shares
- Inside worker-owner Class A voting shares
- Debt financing from mission-aligned sources
- Retained earnings
- A unique Certificate of Deposit with Eastern Bank
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