The Tata Group has emerged as the world's sixth most reputed companies even as Toyota Motor topped the the 2008 Global Pulse rankings of world's 200 top-tier companies.
Google came a close second in the study that assessed 600 top companies across 27 countries.
Maruti, the country's biggest car maker, has been ranked at 77th, SBI at 107th, HUL at 131st, Hero Honda at 147th, LIC at 161st, Bajaj Auto at 169th, ONGC at 186th , M&M at 191s and IOC at 199th position.
Other Indian companies that were considered for the list, but failed to make grade included the biggest private sector lender ICICI Bank, top private and public sector telecom firms Bharti Airtel and BSNL, IT giant Wipro, Birla group's Grasim Industries, tobacco-to-consumer goods conglomerate ITC as well as two state-run firms-oil refining and marketing major BPCL and national carrier Air India.
The country's most valued firm Reliance Industries, however, failed to make it to the list.
India has two companies among the top Global Pulse Top 20, even as the Tata Group and Infosys Technologies saw their reputations increase by over 8 points in 2008, and catapulted over 100 spots in the ranking to join the top tier of global companies in 2008, in recognition of their growing role among the world's business elite.
The Tata Group was placed at the sixth spot with Infosys Technologies took the 14th place in a list of 200 top companies.
All 200 companies earned `Global Pulse' scores significantly above the global mean of 64.2 while Toyota Motor earned the highest rating with an outstanding Global Pulse score of 86.53.
Google scored 85.23, followed the consumer-friendly Swedish retailer Ikea, and Italy's chocolate-maker Ferrero.
US pharma and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson emerged at the fifth place with a Global Pulse of 83.48.
Toyota Motor was the only auto maker in the top tier, and is followed by Sweden's Volvo Bilar in the 30th spot, leaving BMW and Daimler a distant 80th and 96th respectively.
The world's top 10 is heavily dominated by food-related companies, including Ferrero, Kraft Foods, Grupo Bimbo, and Migros.
The 20 companies in the top tier in 2008 (those with Global Pulse scores above 80) represent 13 of the 27 countries included in the study.
Six of the companies are from the US, two each are from India and Japan, and one each from Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Although earning Global Pulse scores above the global mean, companies ranked 51-200 have significantly weaker reputations than the top tier companies.
Also leaping into the world's top 10 in 2008 are Denmark's diabetes drug specialist Novo Nordisk, Mexico's food retailer Grupo Bimbo, and Switzerland's top food giant Migros.
China's giant appliance maker Haier also jumped some 70 ranks to join the global elite of companies with excellent reputations.
Making big jumps in the rankings in 2008 are the China Faw Group Corp. (the biggest improver of all), followed by Norway's Coop, Canada's Sobey's, and Japan's AEON.
Spain's El Corte Ingles, Italy's Ferrero, Holland's Philips, Sweden's IKEA, and the U.K.'s Marks & Spencer remained virtually unchanged from their positions in 2007.
|1 ||Toyota Motor Corp. (Japan)|
|2 ||Google (US) |
|3 ||IKEA (Sweden)|
|4 ||Ferrero (Italy)|
|5 ||Johnson & Johnson (US)|
|6 ||Tata Group (India)|
|7 ||Kraft Foods Inc. (US)|
|8 ||Novo Nordisk (Denmark)|
|9 ||Grupo Bimbo, S.A. (Mexico)|
|10 ||Migros (Switzerland)|
|11 ||General Mills (US)|
|12 ||Walt Disney (US)|
|13 ||Haier Corporation (China)|
|14 ||Infosys Technologies Limited (India)|
|15 ||United Parcel Service (US)|
|16 ||Sharp Corp. (Japan)|
|17 ||Coop (Norway)|
|18 ||Jean Coutu Group (Canada)|
|19 ||El Corte InglÚs (Spain)|
|20 ||Petrobras (Brazil)|
|21 ||Carlsberg (Denmark)|
|22 ||3M (US)|
|23 ||Barilla (Italy)|
|24 ||Grupo Gerdau (Brazil)|
|25 ||Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany)|
|26 ||Kone (Finland)|
|27 ||Mercadona (Spain)|
|28 ||Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Japan)|
|29 ||Marks & Spencer Group (UK)|
|30 ||Sobeys (Canada)|
|31 ||Philips Electronics (The Netherlands)|
|32 ||Volvo bilar (Sweden)|
|33 ||Xerox (US)|
|34 ||Bridgestone Corp. (Japan)|
|35 ||Canon Inc. (Japan)|
|36 ||Colgate-Palmolive (US)|
|37 ||AEON Co. Ltd. (Japan)|
|38 ||Sony Corp. (Japan)|
|39 ||Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan)|
|40 ||Usiminas (Brazil)|
|41 ||China Faw Group Corporation (China)|
|42 ||Lukoil (Russia)|
|43 ||Vale (Brazil)|
|44 ||A.P. M°ller - MŠrsk (Denmark)|
|45 ||Cadbury Schweppes (UK)|
|46 ||Copec (Chile)|
|47 ||Texas Instruments (US)|
|48 ||Eastman Kodak (US)|
|49 ||General Electric (US)|
|50 ||Correios (Brazil)|
|51 ||Sara Lee (US)|
|52 ||FedEx (US)|
|53 ||Deere & Co (US)|
|54 ||Grupo Votorantim (Brazil)|
|55 ||Goodyear (US)|
|56 ||Gazprom (Russia)|
|57 ||NestlÚ (Switzerland)|
|58 ||ALDI (Germany)|
|59 ||L'Oreal (France)|
|60 ||Sberbank (Russia)|
|61 ||Inditex (Zara) (Spain)|
|62 ||FUJIFILM Holdings Corp. (Japan)|
|63 ||Apple (US)|
|64 ||Michelin (France)|
|65 ||Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Germany)|
|66 ||Hewlett-Packard (US)|
|67 ||Intel (US)|
|68 ||Publix Super Markets Inc. (US)|
|69 ||Heineken (The Netherlands)|
|70 ||Caterpillar (US)|
|71 ||Scania (Sweden)|
|72 ||CSN (Brazil)|
|73 ||Hydro (Norway)|
|74 ||Indesit Company (Italy)|
|75 ||Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd. (Japan)|
|76 ||Whirlpool (US)|
|77 ||Maruti Udyog (Suzuki) Ltd (India)|
|78 ||Boeing (US)|
|79 ||Costco Wholesale (US)|
|80 ||Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets (UK)|
|81 ||Alimentation Couche-Tard (Canada)|
|82 ||Dell (US)|
|83 ||The Coca-Cola Company (US)|
|84 ||Marriott International (US)|
|85 ||Sainsbury (J) (UK)|
|86 ||Aker (Norway)|
|87 ||Luxottica (Italy)|
|88 ||BMW AG (Germany)|
|89 ||Pirelli (Italy)|
|90 ||Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (Russia)|
|91 ||Lan (Chile)|
|92 ||Berkshire Hathaway (US)|
|93 ||Canadian Tire (Canada)|
|94 ||Coop Italia (Italy)|
|95 ||Norilsk Nickel (Russia)|
|96 ||Walgreen (US)|
|97 ||Toys 'R' Us (US)|
|98 ||Procter & Gamble (US)|
|99 ||Daimler AG (Germany)|
|100 ||PepsiCo (US)|