voestalpine has had an employee participation plan since 2001, and it has been continually expanded since that date. Today the employee foundation is the second largest voestalpine shareholder. In addition to all the employees in Austria, personnel in Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania hold company shares. As of March 31, 2018, roughly 25,100 employees have a stake in voestalpine AG through the voestalpine Mitarbeiterbeteiligung Privatstiftung; they hold about 22.8 million shares which, due to the general bundling of voting rights, represent 12.9% of the company’s share capital. In addition, the foundation also manages around 2 million "private shares" owned by current and former employees; this corresponds to about 1.1% of the voting shares.
In total, as of March 31, 2018, 14% of voestalpine AG’s share capital is owned by employees.