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Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Tech Leaders

2018 Thomson Reuters

Methodology
Top 100 Global
Tech Leaders 

TOP 100   |     METHODOLOGY   |     EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVES

A new ranking methodology

It's not easy to become a Top 100 Global Technology Leader. We analyze 28 factors across eight performance pillars to find out who truly sits at the top.

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Thomson Reuters creates a holistic view of industry leadership as the basis for the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders program. (2:03)

Our proprietary methodology goes beyond financials to capture a holistic view of what it takes to thrive.

This 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 well run is the company? How much confidence do investors have in it?

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

Sources:
Thomson Reuters StarMineI/B/E/S EstimatesThomson Reuters ESG Index

Legal compliance

How litigious is the organization? Does the company live up to its contracts and regulatory obligations?

•  Average litigation per year in areas of employment/labor, intellectual property, commercial law and contracts, civil rights, and unfair competition
•  Product responsibility score

Sources:
Thomson Reuters Monitor SuiteThomson Reuters ESG Index

Financial performance

How is the company performing financially? How profitable is it?

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

Sources:
Thomson Reuters Eikon, Thomson Reuters Fundamentals

Innovation

How innovative is the company?

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

Sources:
Thomson Reuters Monitor SuiteThomson Reuters ESG Index

Risk & resilience

How prepared is the company to withstand shocks and disruptions?

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

Sources:
World-CheckStarmine, Thomson Reuters value chain analysis

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

Sources:
Thomson Reuters ESG Index

Reputation

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

•  Overall news sentiment
•  Controversies score

Sources:
Thomson Reuters News AnalyticsThomson Reuters ESG Index

Environmental impact

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

•  Emissions score
•  Resource use score

Sources:
Thomson Reuters ESG Index