The Global Pulse 2008 study measures the overall respect, trust, esteem, admiration and good feelings consumers hold towards the largest 600 companies in the world.
Other highlights from Global Pulse 2008 include:
- Toyota is the only car company in the top tier of reputation leaders and is followed by Volvo Bilar in the 30th spot.
- Two U.S. companies, Google and Johnson & Johnson, notched top 5 rankings.
- Food-related companies dominate the world's most respected top 10.
- Consumer and tech product companies enjoy the best reputations followed by pharmaceutical companies, conglomerates, raw material manufacturers and airlines.
- The largest gains in reputation from the previous years' study were in the information/media and computer sectors, where companies like Infosys Technologies (India), Sharp Corporation (Japan) and Xerox (U.S.) rose in the rankings between 2007 and 2008.
- Cracking the global top 10 this year is Denmark's diabetes drug specialist Novo Nordisk, Mexico's food retailer Grupo Bimbo, and Switzerland's food giant Migros.
- Making a big jump in rankings this year were China Faw Group Corp, Norway's Coop, Canada's Sobey's, and Japan's AEON
Reputation Institute's research model indicates that reputation is built on 7 pillars from which a company can create a strategic platform for communicating with its stakeholders on the most relevant key performance indicators. These dimensions are: Products/Services, Innovation, Workplace, Citizenship, Governance, Leadership, and Performance.
The Global Pulse 2008 study indicates that consumers are most influenced by a company's delivery of high quality products and services, accounting for 17.6% of a company's reputation. But, Governance and Citizenship combined account for more than 30% of a company's reputation. "This makes it critical for companies worldwide to communicate how they support good causes, protect the environment, behave ethically and act openly and transparently about the way they do business," says Anthony Johndrow, Managing Director, RI.
Toyota, the most highly respected company, landed in the top spot for Governance, Products/Services, Leadership and Performance. Ikea was number one in both the Citizenship and Innovation dimensions. Google dominated in reputation for the Workplace dimension.
Why Reputation Matters
The Global Pulse 2008 offers insight on how reputation impacts and influence's a company's stakeholders worldwide -- and its bottom line. "When people trust, admire and have a good feeling about a company, they are willing to support and recommend the company to others," explains Johndrow, of the significant value of reputation. "We see a strong pattern between reputation and support, demonstrating that building a favorable reputation platform should be a part of a company's overall business strategy."
Top 25 Reputation Leaders in the World
Rank Company Global Pulse
1. Toyota Motor Corp. (Japan) 86.53
2. Google (US) 85.23
3. IKEA (Sweden) 84.14
4. Ferrero (Italy) 83.52
5. Johnson & Johnson (US) 83.48
6. Tata Group (India) 82.84
7. Kraft Foods Inc. (US) 82.79
8. Novo Nordisk (Denmark) 82.28
9. Grupo Bimbo, S.A. (Mexico) 81.75
10. Migros (Switzerland) 81.54
11. General Mills (US) 81.34
12. Walt Disney (US) 81.22
13. Haier Corporation (China) 81.19
14. Infosys Technologies (India) 81.18
15. United Parcel Service (US) 81.05
16. Sharp Corp. (Japan) 80.44
17. Coop (Norway) 80.43
18. Jean Cotou Group (Canada) 80.11
19. El Corte Inglés (Spain) 80.00
20. Petrobras (Brazil) 79.97
21. Carlsberg (Denmark) 79.82
22. 3M (US) 79.79
23. Barilla (Italy) 79.44
24. Grupo Gerdau (Brazil) 79.26
25. Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany) 79.22
The Global Pulse 2008 was conducted online between February and March of 2008. A Pulse score is a measure of corporate reputation calculated by averaging perceptions of 4 indicators of trust, esteem, admiration, and good feeling obtained from a representative sample of at least 100 local respondents who were familiar with the company. Scores range from a low of 0 to a high of 100, Pulse scores that differ by more than +/-0.5 are significantly different at the 95% confidence level. Scores can be categorized using the below key:
Excellent/Top Tier above 80
Strong/Robust 70 - 79
Average/Moderate 60 - 69
Weak/Vulnerable 40 - 59
Poor/Lowest Tier below 40