An establishment is an enterprise or part of an enterprise that is situated in a single location and in which only a single productive activity is carried out or in which the principal productive activity accounts for most of the value added.

In ESA 2010 the corresponding concept is that of local kind-of-activity unit (local KAU), see Kind-of-activity_unit_and_local-kind-of-activity_unit

Related concepts


  • ESA 2010 paras 2.148 and 2.149
  • The 2008 SNA, European Commission, IMF, OECD, UN, World Bank, 2009, Chapter V: Enterprises, establishments and industries, point 5.14