To appear as Most Admired, a company must have scored in the top half of its industry survey. The rest are listed as contenders.
Most Admired
Company City Overall score ▾
British American Tobacco London 7.76
Reckitt Benckiser Group Slough 7.07
Imperial Tobacco Bristol 6.83
Vodafone Newbury 6.33
Rolls-Royce London 6.18
HSBC Holdings London 6.07
GlaxoSmithKline Brentford 5.97
SABMiller London 5.86
Barclays London 5.75
BG Group Reading 5.54
Diageo London 5.21
Company City Overall score
BT Group London 5.69
Prudential plc London 5.58
BAE Systems London 5.43
Rio Tinto London 5.30
AstraZeneca London 5.22
Compass Group Chertsey 5.04
BP London 4.99
Legal & General Group London 4.87
Anglo American London 4.72
Royal Mail Holdings London 4.69
International Airlines Group Harmondsworth 4.46
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Edinburgh 4.08
INEOS Group Holdings Lyndhurst 3.95
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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Where are the Most Admired?
Heat Map
The Most Admired companies in America are spread out across the country, but a few states dominate.
Winning streaks
Most Admired Industry Stars
These 20 Most Admired companies have landed among the top in their industries for multiple years.
Top 10 countries
USA 251
Germany 21
Japan 15
France 13
UK 11
Switzerland 7
Sweden 4
Netherlands 4
South Korea 3
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The experts chose the top 50. Now it's your turn. 'Like' the company you most admire to vote. The top 5 reader favorites are below.

Company # of 'Likes'
1. Apple 1,188
2. Teradata 651
3. Tupperware Brands 564
4. FedEx 391
5. IBM 304
The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group start with about 1,400 companies... More