Company Profile Directory
Below is a list of all the companies for which we have original research, and other companies that we would like to have profiles of, such as the Fortune Global 500. You can click on the title of each column to arrange the list, similar to a spreadsheet. As some of the profiles are "stubs," they contain a minimum amount of information and need more work. You can help out by writing up a Company snapshot, which is a critical overview of the history and operations of the corporation. A preview is provided below if the profile has a company snapshot. See our Research tools for ways to do critical corporate research
|A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group|
Established in Denmark in 1904, A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, more commonly known as Maersk, is one of the biggest corporate conglomerates in the world with business activities in different sectors. Seaborne transportation and shipping logistics are the main business of the group as the largest ship operator and supply vessel operator in the world. The shipping units maintain a fleet of more than 550 container ships. The company also does offshore drilling and transportationg for gas and oil, primarily in the North Sea.
ABB (formerly Asea Brown Boveri) is a Zürich, Switzerland-based multinational, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world, with operations in 100 countries.
Abbott is a health care products manufacturer whose products extend from nutritional products and laboratory diagnostics to medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The company conducts business in at least 130 countries around the world.
ABN AMRO is an international bank with European roots. Focus is on consumer and commercial clients in local markets and global markets on selected multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as private clients. ABN amro is active in four principal customer segments: Personal Banking, Private Banking, Business and Commercial and Corporate and Institutional.
ABN AMRO is a prominent international bank, history going back to 1824.
Accenture Ltd. is the largest consulting firm in the world, incorporated in Bermuda with its main U.S. office in Chicago, Illinois. It has made the outsourcing of jobs into big business.
The company was established as the consulting wing of Arthur Andersen, Andersen Consulting, splitting off in 2000, when it changed its name to Accenture.
Advanta Seeds is a joint venture of chemical/pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and seed company VanderHave. In the UK and EU, it has been involved in field trials for a range of GM crops, and faced scandal when its conventional seed stock was found to have substantial levels of GM contamination.
Advanta’s statement: Worldwide breeding, production, processing, conditioning, sales and distribution of seeds for major agricultural field-crops and amenity grasses.
Aegon N.V., headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, is one of the world's largest life insurance and pension companies, and has additional business in savings and investment products; accident, supplemental health, and general insurance; and some limited banking activities. These operations are conducted by subsidiaries of Aegon N.V., which is itself a holding company.
Founded in 1850, Aetna is the third largest U.S. health insurer operating in all 50 states. It offers a range of consumer products and services including health, dental, pharmacy, group life and disability insurance as well as services for behavioral health, Medicaid plans, and medical management. Aetna companies include: ActiveHealth Management, Aetna Capital Management, Aetna Student Health, Goodhealth Worldwide, Schaller Anderson, Strategic Resource Company, and as of November 2009, Horizon Behavioral Services, LLC.
Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, AFC Enterprises operates the #2 fast food chain specializing in chicken, the infamous "Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits". Currently, there are over 1,900 Popeye's locations in the United States and and over 2 dozen locations in other countries. AFCE owns 55 locations themselves and franchises the rest.
|Air France-KLM Group|
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|Albaraka Islamic Bank|
AlBaraka Islamic Bank (AIB) is a leading of Islamic bank in Pakistan and has operated in the country as branches of AlBaraka Islamic Bank Bahrain since 1991. It is a leading provider of banking in compliance with Shari’ah principles and has 18 branches in 10 major cities of Pakistan.
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Alcoa is one of the world's leading producers and managers of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry.
|Alliance One International|
Alliance One International Inc a joint owner of Limbe Leaf Tobacco (with Swiss-registered Continental Tobacco Company), which buys its tobacco leaf from growers around the world, including farms that support child labor. The company made the US Fortune Global 500 in 2007, and is based out of North Carolina but operates globally.
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota and was founded in 1990 as an offshoot from the Honeywell corporation. ATK provides small-caliber ammunition to military, police, and hunters. In recent years the corporation has been awarded more contracts for guided weapons, which maximize damage to the target while minimizing civilian casualties.
Allianz is a large financial service provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. By revenue, it is the largest FSP in the world. Its core and focus is on the insurance business. Allianz is the biggest insurance company in Germany and one of the largest in the world.
The company is the world leader in integrated power plant, in power production services and air quality control systems. Alstom works with all energy forms (coal, gas, nuclear, fuel-oil, hydropower, wind). Alstom will provide the conventional island for the future EPR nuclear power plant in France. The Group is also developing CO2 capture processes that could lead to commercial scale in the medium term.
In the field of rail transport, Alstom is the global number one in terms of orders.
Altria Group, Inc (previously named Philip Morris Companies Inc.), based in New York City, is the parent company of Philip Morris International, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris Capital Corporation, and is one of the world's largest tobacco corporations. In addition, Altria Group, Inc. has a 28.7% economic and voting interest in one of the world's largest brewing companies, UK based SABMiller plc. It is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500.
|Aluminum Corporation of China|
Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) has masterminded its way into mixing alumina and aluminum. Chalco is the only maker of alumina -- which is refined from bauxite and a key material in producing aluminum -- in China. The company produces about 9 million tons of alumina products (including alumina, alumina hydrate and alumina chemicals), which makes it the second-largest maker of alumina in the world. Chalco also produces a million tons of primary aluminum annually. In 2007 the company agreed to acquire sister company Baotou Aluminum for about $2 billion.
ALZA Corporation is a pharmaceutical and medical systems company founded in 1968 by Dr Alejandro Zaffaroni; the company's name is a portmanteau of his name. In addition to a variety of pharmaceuticals, ALZA makes a range of drug delivery systems. In May 2001 ALZA was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$10.5 billion. Alza is the maker of many familiar brands such as Acuvue, Aveeno, Band-Aid, Carefree, Clean & Clear, Johnson's Baby, K-Y, Neutrogena, OneTouch, Rembrandt, Stayfree, and the infamous Tylenol.
AMEC plc is a British company formed from the amalgamation of the Fairclough Group and the William Press Group. AMEC operates as a high value consultancy company providing services in engineering and project management for the oil, gas, petrochemical, power generation, nuclear, pharmaceutical, defense, chemical, mining and water industries. AMEC is a member of the FTSE 100 Index after a promotion on Dec. 20th, 2007 when ICI went private.
American Apparel is a clothing company with the assurance of “sweatshop-free” clothing. It was started by a young entrepreneur Dov Charney with the hopes of attracting a market base of young, hip urbanites with a mind towards labor rights and ethical business practices. American Apparel now has stores in L.A., New York, and Chicago, among other locations, with 4,500 employees that receive living wages and benefits.
American Express (NYSE: AXP), sometimes known as "AmEx" or "Amex", is a diversified global financial services company, headquartered in New York City. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card and traveler's cheque businesses.
The company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "AXP." It is one of the 30 stocks that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is ranked as the 74th largest company by Fortune.
|American International Group (AIG)|
Before it collapsed, AIG, as measured by asset value, was the largest insurer in the world. But in September 2008, after its credit rating went down, AIG was caught without enough collateral for the credit default swaps it had sold to banks around the world, and was forced to accept a massive federal bailout package in order to forestall a collapse. As the size of the company's debts have grown, the U.S. government has readjusted the terms of the bailout, and gradually begun to take over parts of the company.
Anadarko Petroleum has used internal expansion and bold acquisitions to become one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world. In 2010 it found itself caught up in controversies stemming from an oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, both because it is a minority (25%) owner of the BP well involved and because its own deepwater drilling operations are among those now viewed as being very risky.
|Anglo American PLC|
Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, with operations in some 45 countries. The company had its origins in the gold and diamond mines of apartheid South Africa, and after the Second World War it expanded and diversified to the point that it controlled large portions of that country’s economy. It later sold off its non-mining businesses, moved its headquarters to London, and spun off its gold mining operations into the company now called AngloGold Ashanti. Anglo American remains a major player in platinum, copper, coal and diamonds (through its affiliate De Beers).
Founded in 1976, Anteon is an information technology and engineering company focusing on intelligence and national defense. Anteon is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia as a private contractor. It's main client is the U.S government with more than 90 percent of its revenues from Homeland Security, Intelligence Agencies, and the Pentagon.
Apple Computer sells computers out of its Cupertino, California headquarters and retail stores around the world. In 2006, the company employed 16,820 people and generated revenues of $19.3 billion. Former Vice President Al Gore is a member of the company's board of directors.
With 70 million metric tonnes of steel capacity, Mittal is the world's largest steel company, generating $31 billion in annual revenues, $7 billion in profits, and employing 165,000 in 14 countries. The company is controlled by Lakshmi Niwas Mittal (aka the "Carnegie from Calcutta"), one of the richest men in the world.
The biggest part of Mr. Mittal's existing operations is LNM Holdings.
|Archer Daniels Midland|
Decatur, Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is one of the world's largest agricultural conglomerates. Its business is primarily structured around the processing and trading of oilseeds (e.g. soy, palm), corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leading manufacturer of protein meal, corn sweeteners, flour, ethanol and vegetable oil.
Arysta produces chemicals and recently registered the new fumigant, methyl iodide with the EPA. Methyl iodide has been proven to cause cancer in lab rats, and is now proposed to be used as an insecticide on "strawberries, tomatoes and peppers, ornamentals, turf, trees, and vines." The approval of this chemical has been widely opposed.
Assicurazioni Generali is the third largest European insurance group, and the 30th largest company based on revenues, according the 2009 Fortune Global 500. Now operating in 64 countries as the Generali Group, its 450 companies provide insurance and financial products such as individual and group pension schemes; health, accident, home and car insurance; financial and asset management; space launch insurance; and more recently, real estate services.
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AT&T is a telecommunications and networking provider that operates in 60 countries and 850 cities worldwide. The company is divided into AT&T Business Services and AT&T Consumer Services.
In 2005 SBC bought AT&T Corp., creating the largest telecommunications company in the U.S. Then SBC took on the name AT&T. In 2006 AT&T purchased BellSouth for $86 billion in the largest telecommunications takeover in U.S. history. AT&T now services more than 68 million phone lines.
Aviva plc is the world's fifth-largest insurance group, the biggest insurance group in the UK and the second-largest insurance group in Canada. Worldwide, it trails behind AXA, Allianz, ING and Fortis. It is one of the leading providers of life and pensions products in Europe and has a presence in 25 countries worldwide, notably France and The Netherlands. The company was formerly called CGNU, and was created by a merger of Norwich Union and CGU plc (itself created by the 1998 merger of Commercial Union and General Accident) in 2000. The Aviva name was adopted in July 2002.
One of the world’s largest insurance and financial management companies, AXA offers life and casualty insurance, personal and commercial property insurance, financial services, and asset management. With major markets in the UK, Ireland, U.S., Asia-Pacific, Germany, Japan, Australia and Belgium. The 2009 Fortune Global 500 ranked AXA the 15th largest company in the world based on revenue.
AXA is the holding company of the AXA Group, which operates through five business segments: Life & Savings, Property & Casualty, International Insurance, Asset Management and Banking.