Thanks to iEverything, Apple takes the top spot in Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list for the second year in a row. In a similar vein, Apple’s good friend AT&T ranked as the top telecommunications company in the list again after the snagging the same position last year. However, AT&T was the only telecom company to place in the top 50 with its firm grip on position No. 48.
The most admired telecom companies list rounded out with the following: 2 – Verizon Communications; 3 – Vodafone; 4 – BT; 5 – Telefonica; 6 – Nippon Telegraph and Telephone; 7 – Comcast; 8 – France Telecom.
Industry-related companies peppered many other categories, including Computer Software, which contained companies like Microsoft, which ranked 10th overall; and Wholesalers: Electronics, which contained companies like Ingram Micro, Brightpoint and ScanSource.
“To be considered one of the World’s Most Admired Companies demonstrates the commitment and high quality of service and support that our employees provide to our reseller and vendor partners every day,” said Mike Baur, CEO of ScanSource Inc. “What’s more, our strong relationship with our manufacturers and the continued support from our customers and investors allows us to remain successful in today’s competitive landscape.”
According to Fortune Magazine, the new Most Admired list is “the definitive report card on corporate reputations.” The survey starts with approximately 1,400 companies from the Fortune 1000, non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more, and the top foreign companies operating in the U.S. The companies are then sorted by industry and the 15 largest for each international industry are selected, as are the 10 largest for each U.S. industry. To create the 64 industry lists, Hay Group, Fortune’s survey partner, asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. This year, a company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.