Top companies in innovation, responsibility, and more

Feb 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)

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Innovation

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

Buyback will sauce returns in an environment where growth is hard to grind out.
Buyback will sauce returns in an environment where growth is hard to grind out.

Long-term investment

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)

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Financial soundness

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)

Photo: Mark Ashman/Disney Parks/Getty

Social responsibility

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

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Quality of products/services

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

Photo: John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney

People management

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

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Global competitiveness

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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