Best & worst in...
Innovation For the second straight year, Apple is the most admired company for innovation.
People management FedEx and Procter & Gamble are among the companies that get top marks for managing their talent.
Use of corporate assets Kinder Morgan ranks No. 1 for use of corporate assets this year; last year it didn't even make the top 10.
Social responsibility United Parcel Service, leader in this category the last three years, slips to No. 2 this year.
Quality of management Procter & Gamble and General Electric top the rankings for management quality again this year.
Financial soundness Exxon Mobil keeps its hold on the top slot in this category; Berkshire Hathaway moves up from No. 6 to No. 3.
Long-term investment Newly public CHS, the Minnesota-based energy, food, and grain wholesaler, roars onto the list as the most admired as a long-term investment.
Quality of products/services FedEx, Walt Disney, and Procter & Gamble are the top three this year.
From the March 19, 2007 issue
How the states stack up
California 39
New York 37
Texas 34
Most admired for people management
FedEx 1
Procter & Gamble 1
Google 2
Most admired for innovation
Apple 2
Google 2
FedEx 1
Industry champions
Nike Apparel
Whole Foods Food and Drug Stores
Cisco Network Communications
How we pick the Most Admired companies
The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with the FORTUNE 1,000... (more)