Apple has earned a spot on the first “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders” list from Thomson Reuters.
The iPhone-maker was named in sixth place behind rivals like Microsoft and Google, but it did beat out Amazon and Samsung. The list is based on a 28-factor algorithm that measures performance across eight benchmarks, including innovation, environmental impact, and reputation.
Apple, the most valuable company in the world, usually finds its way onto lists of the best tech companies. That’s thanks to its incredible success with the iPhone, iPod, and Mac — and its approach to people, the environment, and many other things.
Thomson Reuters’ list of Top 100 Global Technology Leaders was launched this year to “identify the industry’s top financially successful and organizationally sound organizations.”
Apple beats Amazon, Facebook, Samsung
Microsoft was named first, followed by Intel and Cisco Systems. Alphabet, which owns Google, and IBM make up the top five. Apple is named in sixth ahead of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), one of its largest chip suppliers.
Texas Instruments, SAP, and Accenture also made it into the top ten. The other 90 companies, which are not ranked, include Amazon, Facebook, Samsung, MasterCard, and Qualcomm. Thomson Reuters notes that 45 percent of the 100 companies are headquarted in the United States.
“The results are based on a 28-factor algorithm that measures performance across eight benchmarks: financial, management and investor confidence, risk and resilience, legal compliance, innovation, people and social responsibility, environmental impact, and reputation,” it adds.
“The assessment tracks patent activity for technological innovation and sentiment in news and selected social media as the reflection of a company’s public reputation. The set of tech companies is restricted to those that have at least $1 billion in annual revenue.”
The complete report details how each company was researched by category.