Rankings

Company Level | Country Level | Industry Specific

A.M. Best Country Risk Ratings

A.M. Best Country Risk Ratings provides a list classifying various countries into the level of risk inherent in the country's governmental, economic, and social stability factors. The methodology uses country risk analysis to determine how the factors outside an insurer's control affect its ability to meet its obligations to its policyholders. The site allows you to access various country data regarding financial, economic, and political risk. The site also contains additional reports and data available for purchase.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

A.T. Kearney: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index

The Foreign Direct Investment Confidence (FDI) Index prepared by A.T. Kearney is an annual survey which tracks the impact of likely political, economic, and regulatory changes on the foreign direct investment intentions and preferences of CEOs, CFOs, and other top executives of Global 1000 companies. The report includes detailed commentary on the markets and the impact a variety of global trade issues have on their FDI attractiveness, as well as a ranking of the top 25 countries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

A.T. Kearney: Global Cities Index

The Global Cities Index provides a comprehensive ranking of the leading global cities from the world. It is designed to track the way cities maneuver as their populations grow and the world continues to shrink. The assessment is based on a country's economic standing, globalization rate, human capital, information and technology, cultural experience, and political engagement. The complete rankings, information about methodology, and expert analysis are all provided on the site. The index updates every year. Downloads in multiple file formats are available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Country Level

A.T. Kearney: The Global Retail Development Index

The A.T. Kearney Global Retail Development Index ranks emerging countries based on a set of twenty-five variables including four key variables: country risk, market attractiveness, market saturation, and sales growth. In addition to the current year's index, the reports for previous years can be accessed on this page.  The Global Retail Development Index is available for download as a PDF. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

A.T. Kearney: The Global Services Location Index

The annual Global Services Location Index (formerly called the Offshore Location Attractiveness Index) is a tool to help companies understand and compare the factors that make countries attractive as potential locations for offshore services. It measures the viability of countries as an offshore destination based on their financial attractiveness, people skills and availability, and business environment. The report and ranking files are available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Advertising Age: Advertising and Marketing Rankings Data Center

The Advertising and Marketing Rankings Data Center includes a wide variety of annually conducted ranking studies by Ad Age magazine. Most rankings are accessible for free, however some of the more recent documents require a fee-based subscription.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Industry Specific

AON Crisis Management Web Analytics

AON Crisis Management Web Analytics includes a Political Risk Map that allows the user to select and view risks by country, region, risk type, or risk level and provides overall levels and types of risk in relation to global changes. Users may also choose to view the Terrorism Threat Map, which offers similar features to assess risk related to terrorist activity.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Cato Institute: Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report, produced by the Cato Institute, ranks countries based on freedom of exchange, market coordination, rule of law, security of property rights, and other dimensions related to economic freedom. Current and past versions of the report are available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Global , Country Level , Publications

Center for Global Development: Commitment to Development Index

The Commitment to Development Index is an annual ranking that grades several developed nations on how their aid, trade, migration, finance, technology, security, and environmental policies influence the development of poor nations. The site explains the methodology and the ranking of the nations. Overall country rankings are also provided.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Coface: Country Risk Assessments

Coface's Country Risk Assessments provide risk ratings for individual countries as well as industry sectors. Ratings for countries are based on criteria including economic, financial, and political data. Ratings also allow the user to evaluate the overall business climate in a given country.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment: Emerging Market Global Players

The Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a collaborative effort led by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, ranks multinational enterprises (MNEs) in emerging markets according to the level of foreign assets held. Reports are available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: December 4, 2014

Tags: Country Specific , Country Level , Mexico , China , Israel , Hungary , Poland , Slovenia , Turkey , Argentina , Brazil , Chile , Russia , South Korea , Taiwan , India

Delcredere | Ducroire Country Risks

Delcredere | Ducroire provides both political risk and commercial risk assessment for countries around the world. The countries are analyzed according to economic and financial indicators like real interest rate, GDP growth rate, and inflation rate, as well as indicators reflecting a country's payment experience for commercial risk. The risk ratings are separated out by the type of commercial transaction and the time horizon.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 30, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Deloitte: Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

The Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index published by Deloitte provides detailed analysis on the landscape of the international manufacturing industry. This index ranks each country based on its manufacturing power and competitiveness on a global scale. Deloitte breaks down the manufacturing industry into three sub-categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, and Industrial Products. Information on these specific manufacturing segments can also be accessed on the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Transport Manufacturing , Industries , Aerospace and Defense , Industrial Manufacturing , Industry Specific

Deloitte: Global Powers of Consumer Products

The Global Powers of Consumer Products provides a listing of the 250 largest companies in the consumer products industry. Deloitte also gives their outlook for the global economy and discusses trends in the industry in this report, which opens as a PDF.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Consumer Products , Industries , Industry Specific

DHL Global Connectedness Index

The Global Connectedness Index ranks 125 countries based on their integration into the world economy. It provides a detailed analysis of the flows that connect the world. The study indicates that globalization is still not as advanced as most people believe and that continued economic integration could spur significant global gross domestic product gains as global connectedness has enormous room to expand, even among the most connected countries.  The complete Global Connectedness Index is available for download. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: December 1, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Doing Business: Economy Rankings

The Doing Business Economy Rankings measures the ease of conducting business in a country based on ten factors that reflect how conducive the regulatory environment is to a business operation. The 189 economies can be ranked based on any specific factor, and the raw data is also available for download in Excel format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

EIU: E-readiness Rankings 2009

A joint effort by the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM Institute for Business Value, the study ranks 70 countries in terms of their conduciveness to Internet-based opportunities. The rankings are based on 6 criteria: connectivity and technology infrastructure, business environment, social and cultural environment, legal environment, government policy and vision, and consumer and business adoption. The latest rankings, past rankings as well as individual country commentaries are accessible on the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Engineering News-Record: Top 250 International Contractors

Engineering News presents this annual study that ranks contractor companies based on the construction revenue generated outside of each company's home country. The Top 250 International Contractors index ranks companies based on their international revenues.  The site also offers the following rankings: the Top 500 Design Firms, the Top 200 Environmental Firms, the Top 100 Green Design Firms, the Top 600 Specialty Contractors, and many more.  Users are also able to access rankings from previous years.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Industries , Construction , Industry Specific

Entrepreneur Magazine: Top Global Franchises

Entrepreneur Magazine's Top Global Franchises ranks America's top 200 franchisers seeking international franchisees. The top global franchises are ranked by a combination of factors, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, the number of years in business, length of time franchising, start-up costs, litigation, percentage of terminations, and whether the company provides financing. The site includes detailed information about each company featured in the ranking.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Ernst & Young: Globalization Index

The Globalization Index uses 20 indicators to capture the key aspects of international business integration. The index shows the extent to which the world's largest countries are connected to the global economy. The index measures relative globalization, rather than absolute. This means that a country's trade, investment, labor, technology, and cultural integration with other nations is measured relative to its GDP rather than by its absolute value.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Financial Times: FT Global 500

The Financial Times (FT) Global 500 provides a listing of the world's largest companies ranked by market capitalization. The list can be viewed by ranking, country, and sector. There are also separate listings for the top 500 companies in each region of the world.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Fitch: Sovereign Ratings

The Fitch Ratings Sovereigns Group provides credit research and opinion on more than 100 countries, and assigns ratings to the foreign and local currency debt of sovereign governments that account for virtually all of sovereign international debt issuance. A subscription is required to access this information. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Forbes: Best Countries for Business

Forbes provides an annual ranking of the best countries for business; examining a total of 145 countries on multiple factors - including gross domestic product (GDP) growth, GDP per capita, and trade balance as a percentage of GDP. To develop the rankings, Forbes looked at 11 aspects for each country such as property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, trade freedom, red tape regulations, investor protection, and stock market performance.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Forbes: Global 2000

This listing, produced annually by Forbes magazine, ranks the world's largest companies as measured by a composite ranking of sales, profits, assets, and market value. Users may filter the list by industry, country, or U.S. state.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Fortune: Fortune 500

Fortune magazine publishes an annual ranking of America's largest corporations (by revenues). The site has the full rankings, plus more detailed profile information about each country in the ranking, as well as industry level rankings. The list is also sortable by state, company name, and a number of other criteria.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Fortune: World's Most Admired Companies

Fortune uses a large set of indicators to produce this annual study that presents a ranking of major companies worldwide based on their performance conceived broadly. Some of the indicators include quality of management; quality of products and services; innovativeness; long-term investment value; financial soundness; ability to attract, develop, and retain talent; community responsibility; use of corporate assets; and global business acumen. The list can also be sorted by industry, company name, and location. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Freedom House: Freedom on the Net

Published annually by Freedom House, Freedom on The Net ranks the internet and digital media freedom of several countries based on three factors: obstacles to access, limits on content, and violation of user rights. Individual country reports are available in HTML format, or one can view the complete publication in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tags: Country Level

FutureBrand - Country Brand Index

Produced by FutureBrand, the Country Brand Index collects data from thousands of diverse global travelers to develop rankings for countries in a variety of areas. Some sample areas include standard of living, easiest to do business in, conferences, and political freedom. Users can access various reports for free but the some reports must be purchased.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 9, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Global Information Technology Report

A report produced in cooperation with INSEAD, World Economic Forum, and the World Bank, the Global Information Technology Report ranks the world economies in terms of networked readiness and effects on economic growth and productivity. The rankings as well as a selection of chapters are available online.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Global , Country Level , Publications

Global-production.com

Global-production.com provides comparative information on the potential and performance of 25 emerging economies as locations for global production and sourcing. Services it provides include the Global Production Scoreboard, which benchmarks emerging economies as locations for global production, and rankings for selected industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet index ranks over 150 countries based on the life satisfaction, life expectancy, and ecological footprint exhibited by each country. It is a resource designed to rank and compare countries based on the number of happy lives are produced per unit of environmental output, and the extent to which these countries produce happy lives for their citizens. Data is accessible through an interactive global map or table, available in Excel format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Heritage Foundation: Index of Economic Freedom Country Rankings

A joint effort of the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, the index scores the relative freedom of world economies based on 10 factors: property rights, freedom from corruption, government spending, fiscal freedom, business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom. The complete publication is available online.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada

How Canada Performs is a multi-year research program designed by the Conference Board of Canada to help leaders identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. Under the economy section, the website not only provides reports comparing Canada with 16 other countries of similar economic status, but also insights into which factors will negatively or positively affect a country's economic performance in the future. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Inc. 5000

Inc.com is aimed at helping business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the United States' fastest-growing private companies. Users can view the full list or utilize a search function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tags: Company Level

IndustryWeek: IW 1000 - World's Largest Manufacturers

Industry Week magazine annually ranks the 1000 largest publicly held manufacturing companies based on revenue.  Access to the data is through a flexible search engine, which allows the data to be ranked and/or limited by several criteria, including industry, country, company name, revenue growth, or sales revenue. An analysis of the ranking and rankings archives are also available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Industries , Company Level , Industrial Manufacturing

Innovation Cities Program: Top 100 World Cities for an Innovation Economy

The Innovation Cities Program's Top 100 World Cities for an Innovation Economy ranks cities all around the globe on their innovation in their businesses and economies. A city's innovation is determined and ranked by a score of three main factors of innovation: cultural assets, human infrastructure, and networked markets. Rankings are available based on cities all around the world, as well as cities in specific regions and emerging markets.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Global

Interbrand: Best Global Brands

The Best 100 Global Brands are ranked annually by Interbrand. The ranking can be filtered by industry sectors, countries, and regions. Users can learn about a brand's value by clicking the brand's logo. Previous reports dating back to 2000 can be found by clicking on the tab "Previous Years."

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 10, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Investment Consulting Associates: LocationSelector

The Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) LocationSelector is a location benchmarking and competitiveness tool. The benchmarking analysis is a powerful tool to compare, score and rank locations based on a wide series of business operating statistics. This tool is free to use with limited features, while a paid subscription allows full access.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

KOF Index of Globalization

The KOF Index of Globalization, provided by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, measures globalization on economic, social, and political dimensions by looking at economic flows, restrictions, information flows, personal contact, and cultural proximity. Detailed data is available for download, and users can utilize the mapping and graphing tools that add an informative visual element to the data. Data from 1970-present is available for over 200 countries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

Provided by the World Bank, the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is an interactive benchmarking tool to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance. Based on a worldwide survey of global freight forwarders and express carriers, the LPI offers profiles and insight into logistics friendliness across 150+ countries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Mercer: Cost of Living City Rankings

The Cost of Living City Rankings survey by Mercer measures the cost of living in 214 cities across 6 continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. It is the world’s most comprehensive cost of living survey and is used to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees. The site provides the top 10 cities for free and the complete report is available for purchase.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

OECD: Country Risk Classification

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) Country Risk Classification measures the country credit risk and the likelihood that a country will service its external debt. The index uses a scale of eight risk categories to determine a country's credit risk. The rankings are available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

OECD: Indicators of Employment Protection

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Indicators of Employment Protection measure the procedures and costs involved in dismissing workers and the procedures involved in hiring workers on certain contracts. Data is available for most countries and can be downloaded in Excel format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

PwC: Ease of Paying Taxes

Paying Taxes is a study from PwC and the World Bank that ranks the ease of paying taxes across 189 countries around the world. The study also measures the administrative burden of tax payments and contributions by recording the taxes medium-sized companies must pay in a given year. Hard copies of the study may be ordered.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Stores: Top 250 Global Retailers

Published by the National Retail Federation's Stores magazine, in conjunction with Deloitte, this list provides the top 250 global retailers ranked by annual sales. Country of origin, store format, and countries of operation are also provided for each retailer. The most recent edition of this extensive report, which is downloadable in a unique NXTBook format, also includes analysis and profiles of the world's best retail markets.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Retail , Industries , Industry Specific

The Economist Intelligence Unit: Microscope on Microfinance Index and Report

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Microscope on Microfinance Index Report measures progress in credit bureau infrastructure, client protection and mobile banking. The report also ranks countries on the microfinance business environment, regulatory framework and practices, and several other categories. The report and past reports are available in PDF format, and the index is available in Excel format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Global

The Global Outsourcing 100

Each year, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals ranks international companies as the world's best outsourcing service providers in the Global Outsourcing 100. The four criteria for rankings are size and growth, customer references, organizational competencies, and management capabilities.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Company Level

Transparency International - Corruption Perceptions Index

Provided by Transparency International, the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) focuses on corruption related to tackling climate change, documenting in detail risks for businesses, ranging from small entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa to multinationals from Europe and North America. The CPI ranks countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. Rankings dating from 1995 to present are available. Annually updated, reports can be purchased in print form or can be downloaded (free) in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): Largest Transnational Corporations

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ranks the largest non-financial Transnational Corporations (TNCs) by their foreign assets and presents data on assets, sales and employment in three categories:  the largest worldwide, the largest from developing countries and the largest from the economies in transition in Eastern Europe. The same ranking, together with an analysis of the relevance of these TNCs in the world economy, is included in the various issues of the World Investment Report. Documents are available for download in various formats. An archive of reports from previous years dating to 1991 is also available by clicking the "WIR Series" link on the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Company Level

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Human Development Reports

The United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Reports provide information on human development index trends worldwide. It allows one to build their own development index, explore development indicators, and also chart human development statistics for many nations.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Country Level

World Bank: Worldwide Governance Indicators

World Bank Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) provides a ranking of 215 countries and territories on six dimensions of governance. The report is an aggregate project with rankings beginning in 1996. Data is available interactively and in PDF and Excel format. Documentation on the methodology of the indicators is also available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

World Economic Forum: Global Competitiveness Report

The report identifies and measures the underlying factors that contribute to high rates of economic growth in the medium term (a time horizon of about 5 years). These factors are quantified and then combined into an Index of Competitiveness. The website provides access only to an interactive map (link on right column) that provides the current state of world countries with various hotspots clickable for detailed explanation. The report is available in PDF format; rankings are available in PDF and excel.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 11, 2014

Tags: Global , Country Level , Publications

World Economic Forum: Global Enabling Trade Report 2014

The Global Enabling Trade Report analyzes which countries around the world enable trade from country to destination by measuring market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and the business environment in that country. The report mainly focuses on the impact of global value chains and logistics investments. The report and rankings are available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

World Wide Web Foundation: The Web Index

The Web Index is designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation and measures the Internet's growth, utility, and impact on countries around the world. The complete rankings covers a total of 61 developed and developing countries. Many indicators are incorporated into this study that assess the political, economic, and social impact of the Web. The index also gives details about the Web connectivity and infrastructure of each country.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 10, 2014

Tags: Country Level

Glossary