“We are honored to be recognized among the prestigious 2020 World’s Most Admired Companies list compiled by Fortune magazine,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Our inclusion on this year’s list reflects our ongoing commitment to our mission of Serving Others, as well as our constant focus to keep our customer at the center of all we do.”
Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies List ranks the world's most respected and reputable companies based on a?survey of 3,770 executives, analysts?and directors.
This is the first year that Dollar General has been recognized on the prestigious list.
Above: Fortune magazine's February 2020 cover.
Fortune collaborated with our partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation. We began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. We winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 680 in 30 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.
To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. (For the complete rankings, visit Fortune.com.)
Results were not published in the following categories owing to insufficient response rates: cable and satellite providers, petroleum refining, pipelines, and U.S. energy.
To select our 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry asked 3,770 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry.
The difference in the voting rolls explains why some results can seem at odds with each other. For example, UnitedHealth Group fell off the All-Stars list this year but ranked No. 1 within the insurance and managed care category when votes from only those in that industry were counted.