By Fortune Editors
February 27, 2014

See the 10 Most Admired companies in social responsibility, people management, product quality, and more.


Quality of management

Company (score)

1. Exxon Mobil (8.66)
2. VF (8.60)
3. McDonald’s (8.54)
4. Marriott International (8.45)
5. Starbucks (8.37)
6. Qualcomm (8.36)
7. Royal Dutch Shell (8.32)
8. J.P. Morgan Chase (8.30)
9. Nestlé (8.27)
10. IBM (8.15)


Innovation

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Company (score)

1. Apple (9.43)
2. Amazon.com (8.51)
3. Google (8.30)
4. Qualcomm (7.98)
5. Whole Foods Market* (7.96)
6. Royal Dutch Shell* (7.96)
7. Nike (7.91)
8. Starbucks (7.80)
9. Facebook (7.77)
10. Starwood Hotels & Resorts (7.73)

* Tie


Long-term investment

Logos sit on cartons of Nestle baby food displayed inside a store at the Nestle SA headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Nestle SA said it expects 2013 to be as challenging as last year, when sales missed analysts' estimates on a slowdown in emerging markets, a region the world's largest food company is increasingly dependent upon. Photographer: Valentin Flauraud/Bloomberg
Buyback will sauce returns in an environment where growth is hard to grind out.

Company (score)

1. Nestlé (8.31)
2. VF (8.30)
3. Qualcomm (8.00)
4. Visa (7.99)
5. Caterpillar (7.97)
6. Hyatt Hotels (7.95)
7. Nike (7.93)
8. Walt Disney (7.91)
9. Sysco (7.89)
10. Exxon Mobil (7.84)


Financial soundness

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Company (score)

1. Google (9.22)
2. Apple (9.14)
3. Exxon Mobil (8.94)
4. McDonald’s (8.78)
5. Qualcomm (8.74)
6. Marriott International (8.52)
7. Nestlé (8.51)
8. Nike (8.39)
9. Berkshire Hathaway (8.38)
10. Oracle (8.36)


Social responsibility

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Company (score)

1. Walt Disney (8.11)
2. Deere (8.01)
3. Cisco Systems (7.91)
4. Starbucks (7.84)
5. Unilever (7.60)
6. Whole Foods Market (7.59)
7. BMW (7.58)*
8. Johnson & Johnson (7.58)*
9. Nestlé (7.56)**
10. Alcoa (7.56)**

*Tie        
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Use of corporate assets

Company (score)

1. Walt Disney (8.17)
2. Nestlé (7.89)
3. U.S. Bancorp (7.87)
4. Accenture (7.82)
5. Chevron (7.68)
6. Costco Wholesale (7.66)
7. Simon Property Group (7.61)
8. Starbucks (7.59)
9. Deere (7.58)*
10. Wells Fargo (7.58)*

*Tie


Quality of products/services

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Company (score)

1. Apple (8.93)
2. Nordstrom (8.92)
3. Amazon.com (8.76)
4. Whole Foods Market (8.64)
5. Qualcomm (8.47)
6. Caterpillar (8.44)
7. Exxon Mobil (8.20)*
8. Royal Dutch Shell (8.20)*
9. Walt Disney (8.18)
10. Procter & Gamble (8.15)

*Tie


People management

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Company (score)

1. Apple (8.61)
2. Walt Disney (8.49)
3. Facebook (8.43)
4. Google (8.36)
5. Accenture (8.29)
6. Goldman Sachs (8.28)
7. Comcast (7.92)
8. BMW (7.85)
9. Nestlé (7.81)*
10. Whole Foods Market (7.81)*

*Tie


Global competitiveness

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Company (score)

1. Walt Disney (8.55)
2. Coca-Cola (8.54)
3. Caterpillar (8.53)
4. Nestlé (8.51)
5. Boeing (8.38)
6. IBM (8.25)
7. McDonald’s (8.23
8. Accenture (8.22)
9. ArcelorMittal (8.17)
10. L’Oréal (8.00)

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