Methodology for the
2017 Thomson Reuters Top
100 Global Energy Leaders


A new ranking methodology

It takes more than financial strength to be a global leader in the energy industry. We analyze 20+ factors across 8 dimensions of company strength to find the real leaders.

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Our proprietary methodology goes beyond financials to capture a holistic view of what it takes to succeed today and in the future.

This scientifically objective approach uses probabilistic programming techniques, drawing on both proven valuation strategy and unique data assets, in a way that only Thomson Reuters can deliver.

Management & investor confidence

How much confidence do investors have in the company’s management and risk profile?

•  Combined alpha model sector rank
•  Credit combined sector rank
•  Management score
•  Shareholders score

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Legal compliance

How responsible is the company?

•  Number of litigations / defendant cases in 4 categories of litigation: environmental, employment, contracts / breach, torts / negligence
•  Product responsibility score

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Financial performance

How well does the company perform financially?

•  Net assets
•  Free cash flow per employee
•  Leverage
•  Operating income margin
•  Revenue growth (3 year)
•  Return on invested capital

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How innovative is the company?

•  Average patent grants per year
•  Patent grants per application ratio
•  Research & development spend
•  Innovation score

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Risk & resilience

How prepared is the company to withstand shocks and disruptions?

•  Geopolitical risk
•  Number of suppliers
•  Number of customers
•  Supply chain risk

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People & social responsibility

How well does the company treat its employees and community?

•  Community score
•  Corporate social responsibility strategy score
•  Human rights score
•  Workforce score

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How well is the company perceived by the public and other stakeholders?

•  Overall news sentiment
•  Controversies score

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Environmental impact

What is the company’s ability to reduce environmental impact?

•  Emissions score
•  Resource use score

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