South Africa’s Top 10 Most Reputable Companies In 2016


Listed branded foods and beverages group, Clover, has claimed top spot on the list of South Africa’s 50 large companies measured in the 2016 Global RepTrak Pulse survey.

The survey, which measures corporate reputation annually, is conducted by Reputation House which represents Reputation Institute in South Africa.

Clover’s reputation score is 78.1 out of a possible 100. Coming in close second and third place are Coca Cola – another newcomer – and Woolworths, last year’s winner.

Despite an increase in companies measured from 30 last year to 50 this year, Woolworths remains the industry leader in the retail space.

The research emphasis shifted from JSE listed companies, which dominated the rankings at the launch of this annual study in 2006, to include companies most familiar to the general public.

This year’s study focused on eight industries researching companies on the basis of at least 50% familiarity with the general public. True to the importance of context in measuring corporate reputation, key priority of the study has evolved towards providing credible data for corporations and other stakeholders to conduct industry analysis and benchmarking of companies amongst their peers.

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The reputation scores of the top 10 companies surveyed in the 2016 Global RepTrak® Pulse South Africa are as follows:

The scores of the top 10 companies surveyed in the 2016:

# Company Score
1 Clover 78.1
2 Coca-Cola 76.2
3 Woolworths 75.4
4 Spar Group 74.9
5 Massmart (Makro/Game/Dion) 73.3
6 Pick n Pay 72.6
7 First National Bank 72.1
8 Nestle 71.6
9 Sanlam 70.2
10 Old Mutual 69.9

“There are significant differences in industry reputations. It seems much easier to have a good reputation in the retail or Fast-moving consumer goods sector while telecommunication and state owned enterprises find it difficult to build an emotional bond with people,” said Dr. Dominik Heil, chairman of Reputation House.

“It is therefore critical that companies assess their reputation in the context of their industry rather than focusing solely on the overall ranking.”

Industry leaders in the survey included:

  • Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) – Clover
  • Retail – Woolworths
  • Financial – Banking – FNB
  • Financial – Diversified – Sanlam
  • Financial – Short-Term Insurance – Santam
  • Oil, Gas & Lubricant – Sasol
  • Telecommunications – Vodacom
  • State Owned Enterprises – South African Airways

An important insight from the 2016 study is a marked increase in the importance that people place on governance as a determinant of corporate reputation, said Dr. Heil.

This includes whether a company is fair in business, behaves ethically and is open and transparent. While governance is critical in building a good reputation it is generally not something in which South African companies have scored high.

Top 10 in 2014/2015

Reputation 2014 vs 2015

Reputation 2014 vs 2015

Source: Business Tech

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