Core Values of the Top 5 Fortune Companies 2017

In reverse order:

5) McKesson

  • Integrity
  • Customer-First
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

For a full description of what these values mean to McKesson’s employees, click this link.

4) Exxon Mobil

  • Career development
  • Climate policy principles
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Health and wellness
  • Operational integrity
  • Respecting human rights
  • Safety and security
  • Workplace flexibility

For a full description of what these values mean to Exxon Mobil’s employees, click this link.

3) Apple

Apple’s values are set out slightly differently than the other companies in the top 5; the values described on their website refer mainly to their products or corporate responsibilities/ethics, rather than their internal way of working.  To learn more about each, click on the bullets below:

Tim Cook has outlined Apple’s core values in the following way (source Think Marketing):

  • We believe that we’re on the face of the Earth to make great products.
  • We believe in the simple, not the complex.
  • We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make.
  • We participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.
  • We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can really focus on the few that are truly important and meaningful to us.
  • We believe in deep collaboration and cross-pollination of our groups, which allow us to innovate in a way that others cannot.
  • We don’t settle for anything less than excellence in every group in the company, and we have the self-honesty to admit when we’re wrong and the courage to change.

2) Berkshire Hathaway

As a result of its multiple subsidiaries, Berkshire’s culture varies.  However, Cunningham (2014) asserts that there are number of traits that define the culture of Berkshire, outlined below:

  • Budget-conscious and earnest
  • Reputation
  • Kinship
  • Self-starters
  • Hands off
  • Investor savvy
  • Rudimentary
  • Eternal
  • All one

A full description of these values are available in Cunningham’s book: “Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values”.

1) Walmart

  • Service to the Customer
  • Respect for the Individual
  • Strive for Excellence
  • Act with Integrity

For a full description of what these values mean to Walmart’s employees, click this link.