Apple placed number seven on the “Most Innovative Companies of 2016” list from FastCompany. The Cupertino, California-based company was honored for “acing its China test."
The list honors leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in nimble business and impactful innovation. Earning the No. 1 spot on the list this year is the "envy of the media world," Buzzfeed. Recognized for a culture "that embraces constant change yet remains devoted to data-driven metrics," this is Buzzfeed's first time ranking on the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list since 2013.
Six companies have the distinction of being recognized on both the 2015 and 2016 lists —Apple, Warby Parker, Alphabet (Google), Slack, Netflix, and Facebook (Instagram). Among the first-time honorees for 2016 are popular consumer brands Taco Bell and Hasbro; large corporations CVS Health and Bristol-Myers Squibb; rising newcomers Shyp and Robinhood; creative retail upstarts Everlane, Shopify, and Farfetch; global healthcare companies Novocure and Noora Health; entertainment leaders Sixteen String Jack Productions and Universal Studios; and mission-driven organizations Sama Group, Black Lives Matter, and Social Capital. Returning honorees include Airbnb, Spotify, GE, Fitbit, Uber, and Huawei.