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The world's top regarded companies 2017: German conglomerate Siemens takes top spot

Forbes logo Forbes 10/10/2017 Kristin Stoller, Forbes Staff

Global 2000: Top Regarded Companies Click through the gallery above to see Forbes' ranking of the world's 20 Top Regarded Companies.

It takes a high level of trustworthiness to appear on Forbes’ first-ever Top Regarded Companies list, and German conglomerate company Siemens has a lot of it.

Though it ranked 50th on Forbes’ Global 2000, Siemens was ranked the top regarded company with 351,000 employees. For the past year, the company saw $90 billion in sales, $6.4 billion in profit, $154 billion in assets and a market cap of $119.7 billion.

France’s Michelin Group came in second, with Google parent company Alphabet in third. Alphabet also took the top spot on Forbes’ Global 2000 list of the World’s Best Employers.

The United States and Japan dominated the Top Regarded Companies list, as it featured 61 U.S. companies and 42 Japanese companies. In Japan, Nintendo ranked number four, with Panasonic and Toyota Motor ranking tenth and 13th, respectively.

Eight U.S. companies made the top 20, including Alphabet, Walt Disney, Apple, Hilton, Marriott International, Netflix, Microsoft and IBM.

This list is based on Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 rankings, which featured public companies from 58 countries that together accounted for $35.3 trillion in revenue. For the Top Regarded Companies list, Forbes partnered with Statista, who asked 15,000 respondents from 60 countries to give their opinions on the Global 2000 companies. The companies were evaluated based on trustworthiness/honesty, social conduct, the company as an employer and the performance of the company’s product or service.

Companies in the top 10 received above average results for basically all criteria, but were evaluated in an outstanding way especially for the criteria of “trustworthiness/honesty” and “performance of the product/service.”

Companies across multiple industries appeared on the list, with auto and truck manufacturers as the predominant industry. Italy’s Ferrari ranked eighth, Japan’s Toyota ranked 13th and Germany’s BMW Group ranked 22nd.

Household and personal care companies were also deemed highly regarded, as France-based L’Oréal Group and U.S.-based Colgate-Palmolive made the top 30.

See the full Top Regarded Companies list here.

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