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Global Equity OrganizationGEO's Mission

The Global Equity Organization (GEO) is a member-founded and member-driven not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of equity compensation worldwide through a global community of well-informed professionals. GEO provides its members - regardless of location, position or affiliation - opportunities to share and learn about the strategic, governance, financial, cultural, legal, tax, communication and administrative issues affecting equity-based employee compensation around the world, from the fundamentals to the latest market intelligence.


About GEO

GEO was founded in 1999 to support corporate executives and equity compensation professionals dealing with the challenges of creating, managing and administering employee share plans large and small, national and global. GEO has nearly 5,000 individual members representing companies and professional firms in more than 60 countries around the world.


GEO members include decision-makers and influencers from all areas of the global equity compensation community:

  • Corporate executives, managers, administrators and team members from a wide range of business sectors
  • Professionals from organizations including publicly-traded, private, pre-IPO, LLC and partnership equity structures
  • Providers of stock plan services including attorneys, accountants, tax advisors, brokers, and consultants
  • Academic institutions, government bodies, and non-governmental agencies



GEO is independent and ensures that all voices and all opinions on any equity compensation issue can be heard and represented. The information generated and shared by GEO members is available across multiple channels:



GEO provides its members with a number of efficient networking opportunities throughout the year:

  • Local chapters meetings
  • Regional events
  • Annual international conference
  • US National Equity Compensation Forum
  • A global membership directory for finding and contacting colleagues
  • Dedicated public and private social media networks for community discussion of issues

Regardless of where you are, GEO puts the world of global equity compensation at your fingertips.

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GEO's Guiding Principles

Members of the Global Equity Organization are dedicated to:

  • Promoting the highest standards of competence, professionalism, and performance in the design and administration of share plans
  • Obtaining and sharing information on the subject of equity compensation for the benefit of other members and their employers
  • Encouraging the exchange of ideas and mutual assistance among members
  • Facilitating the association of professionals involved in all aspects of global share plans
  • Respecting the confidential, proprietary and personal nature of the information available to GEO members