A company’s reputation for being trustworthy and fair is everything. This year Walt Disney comes on top of our second annual list that ranks just these qualities, the World’s Best Regarded Companies. The entertainment giant, with a market cap of $165 billion, moved up four spots from our inaugural list in 2017.
Italian carmaker Ferrari is ranked No.3 this year, up five spots. While Siemens, the top ranked firm in 2017, drops to No. 7 this year. Rounding out the ten in 2018 are hotel companies Hilton (No. 2) and Marriott International (No. 9), financial services companies Visa (No. 4) and Mastercard (No. 10), digital payment company PayPal (No. 5), media company Netflix (No. 6) and internet retailer Amazon.com (No. 8).
To compile this list, Forbes partnered with Statista, who surveyed 15,000 people from 60 countries. These respondents were asked their opinions about the 2018 Global 2000 companies. Companies were evaluated on topics such as trustworthiness, social conduct, performance of the company’s product or service and the company as an employer.
While US companies dominate the list with 61 of the total 250 companies, this list is global with 34 countries represented. Japan has 32 companies on the list. Video game maker Nintendo is the highest ranked Japanese company at No. 11, with Toyota at No. 12. Other well-represented countries are China with 19 companies, France with 13 and Germany with 11.
Having a well-known global brand helps earn a spot on this list of well regarded companies. Automakers take a total of 19 spots on the list. Ferrari and Toyota are at the top. Sweden’s Volvo is No. 24 and Elon Musk’s Tesla is ranked No. 34, up from No. 197 in 2017.
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