Top 20 Most Admired Companies

To create the top 20 for our 25th annual rankings, Fortune and its survey partners at Hay Group asked 3,322 executives, directors, and securities analysts to select the 10 companies they admire most. Having fresh ideas and being green are among the qualities that distinguish this year's winners.

3M
3M
Top 20 Rank: 14
"I like to say that the whole world is becoming American," says George Buckley, CEO of 3M. "By that I mean customers everywhere want what Americans have always demanded: They want it all, they want it cheap, and they want it now."

3M must be succeeding on that front: The company jumped from no. 20 on last year's ranking.


GE

Starbucks

Toyota

Berkshire

Southwest

FedEx

Apple

Google

J&J

P&G

Goldman

Microsoft

Target

3M

Nordstrom

UPS

AmEx

Costco

PepsiCo

Wal-Mart
Note: 3M is No. 14 on the overall list even though its industry - precision equipment - did not have enough responses to merit a category.
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