Most Admired Companies in the World

According to the Fortune Magazine's 2011 ranking of the World's Most Admired Companies, Apple took the No. 1 spot overall in the top 50 list, followed by Google (2nd), Berkshire Hathaway (3rd), and Southwest Airlines (4th). FedEx Corporation is among the most admired companies in the United States and the world (ranked 8th globally). FedEx Corp. provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.

Bayer was rated 3rd in the "Chemicals" category in a survey carried out by the U.S. business magazine Fortune to determine "The World's Most Admired Companies". Executives from all over the world had assessed more than 670 companies and chosen their favorites. The assessment criteria where Bayer achieved the biggest improvements were financial soundness, social responsibility, and product and service quality.

Tata Steel has been ranked among the world's top 10 most admired companies, rated by Fortune magazine and the Hay group, in the area of employee relationship. Tata Steel is part of the Tata Group, India's largest industrial conglomerate. Since 2004 the Company has expanded globally, acquiring Asian steel producers NatSteel and Millennium Steel (now known as Tata Steel Thailand) as well as Europe's second largest steel producer Corus (now known as Tata Steel Europe Limited).

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