The Walt Disney Company has been recognized among the “World’s Most Admired Companies” on Fortune’s annual list, released online today and in the magazine’s February/March issue. Disney ranked No. 5 overall, and for the 19th consecutive year, retained its position as the top-ranked media and entertainment company.
Disney earned top marks in a significant number of areas, including: innovation; people management; use of corporate assets; social responsibility; quality of management; financial soundness; long-term investment value; quality of products/services; and global competitiveness.
Fortune once again partnered with the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry to identify and rank the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in its annual study. To compile the list, Fortune began with 1,500 companies from across the globe—the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more—and determined the highest-revenue companies in each industry for a total of 640 in 28 different countries. Korn Ferry then surveyed executives, directors and analysts from the top companies, asking them to rate enterprises in their respective industries on nine criteria. Korn Ferry also asked 3,740 executives, directors and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most in order to determine Fortune’s 50 “All-Stars.”