Special Report

The World's 25 Least Admired Companies


In order to determine the world’s least admired companies for 2021, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data provided by Fortune from its collaboration with management consulting firm Korn Ferry for the World’s Most Admired Companies (2021.) These organizations surveyed over 3,800 executives, directors, and analysts about the 1,000 largest U.S. companies by revenue as well as non-U.S. companies with over $10 billion in revenue. 

The companies were ranked from best to worst in their industry based on nine criteria — innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness. Companies that ranked in the top half of their industry were not considered for this list. Due to low response rate, cable and satellite providers, petroleum refining companies, and pipeline and U.S. energy businesses were not considered.

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