Earlier this month Trust Across America named the Top 10 Most Trustworthy Public Companies for 2011. This is the second annual study done, which analyzes almost 2,500 public companies – this year’s winner is Smithfield Foods.

The study analyzes more than 200 data points in regard to five key indicators of trustworthy business behavior: financial stability and strength, accounting conservativeness, corporate integrity, transparency and sustainability – which form the acronym, FACTS™. Companies who are analyzed do not participate in the process. The founders of this framework maintain this is the most holistic and comprehensive trust ‘health checkup’ for public companies.

The Top 10 companies for 2011 are:

  1. Smithfield Foods
  2. Xcel Energy
  3. Nike, Inc.
  4. Dole Food Company
  5. Advanced Micro Devices
  6. Allergan
  7. Temple-Inland
  8. Herman Miller
  9. Texas Instruments
  10. Lexmark International

Texas Instruments and Lexmark International have been in the Top 10 for two years in a row. Executive Director Barbara Kimmel had this to say about this year’s study: “There is lots of work to be done for those companies choosing to make trust a high priority. No company is perfect, nor did any receive a score of “100.” In fact, even the top ranked companies did not break 90. But we were pleased to see the average score rise this year from 2010.”

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