Gartner Named Among World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune for Sixth Consecutive Year

February 01, 2021

Fortune has revealed its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 2021. Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, is proud to announce that it has been recognized among the world’s most respected and reputable organizations for the sixth consecutive year.

The ranking from Fortune is based on individual feedback from executives, directors and analysts. Executives are asked to rate organizations within an industry based on specific criteria requirements, choosing the top ten companies they admired most.

Additionally, Gartner has ranked within the top four for all nine of the criteria requirements within its industry.

  • Innovation
  • People Management
  • Use of Corporate Assets
  • Social Responsibility
  • Quality of Management
  • Financial Soundness
  • Long-Term Investment Value
  • Quality of Products/Services
  • Global Competitiveness

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How Fortune Ranks the Most Admired Companies:   

FORTUNE collaborated with our partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation. We began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. We winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 670 in 30 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 670; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.

To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. (For complete rankings, visit

Results were not published in the following categories because of insufficient response rates: cable and satellite providers; petroleum refining; pipelines; U.S. energy.

To select our 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry asked 3,820 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry. 

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