Grainger has been named again to Fortune's annual list of "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2018. Among competitors in the Wholesalers: Diversified category, Grainger ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year.
Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, is headquartered near Lake Forest.
"It's an honor to earn a spot on Fortune's 2018 'World's Most Admired Companies' list, and we're very proud to rank number one in our category for the fifth year in a row," said Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DG Macpherson. "This recognition is a testament to our thousands of team members who work to create unique value for our customers, while ensuring an effortless experience every time. When we consistently execute in those two areas, we develop trust and respect as a company with all of our stakeholders."
Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" list is a definitive report card on corporate reputations. To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, the survey asked executives, directors and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, such as investment value, quality of management and products, social responsibility and ability to attract talent.
As a leading business-to-business organization, more than 3.2 million customers rely on Grainger for products in categories such as safety, material handling and metalworking, along with services like inventory management and technical support. Grainger offers more than 1.6 million quality in-stock products, a consultative sales approach, technical and product expertise, a premium digital experience and the ability to get complete orders to customers quickly to help keep their operations running and their people safe.