Global top 20

Global top 20 Best Companies for Leadership

Congratulations to Procter & Gamble, which has reclaimed the number one spot it last held in 2005. As the number one 2013 Best Company for Leadership, it takes the top spot from General Electric, the holder of the spot for five of the past seven years. Yet General Electric can, as always, hold its head high. The company has never been out of the top three, and this year is no different.

One big winner this year is Microsoft, which has stormed into the number two position. Microsoft dropped out of the Best Companies for Leadership global top 20 altogether in 2007. It returned three years later at number 12 and has been moving up the ranking since.

The 2013 top 20 list includes a number of industries with packaged goods companies, technology giants, heavy industry and motor manufacturing all represented. After a difficult few years in which the reputation of the sector has suffered, it is especially pleasing to see a financial services firm – Citigroup – back on the list.

To see how the top 20 ranking has changed over the last eight years, click here.