It’s wonderful to have thriving, successful companies in your state. These companies provide jobs and a boost to the local economies of the cities they call home. But it’s also important to have reputable and trustworthy companies. That’s why the folks at Newsweek, in collaboration with market research company Statista, created their second annual list of the Most Trustworthy Companies In America. The 2023 list includes 700 U.S. Companies across 23 different industries. This is based on evaluations by U.S. customers, employees, and investors all of whom are necessary for businesses to gain the trust of. And of those 700 companies, there are 5 South Carolina companies named as the most trustworthy.

Each of these is located in a different city including North Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, Hartsville, and Rock Hill. The 700 companies on this list came from a pool of 3,100. These were all U.S.-based companies that have revenues of over $500 million. Below you will find the 5 South Carolina companies that were named among the nation’s most trustworthy. You can view the full study, list, and analysis via Newsweek.

Does it matter to you if a company is trustworthy? For me personally, it is more important as a potential employee than as a consumer. In the latter scenario, I’m more apt to buy what fills my need at the right price. Though I know many many individuals to whom it makes a big difference.


  • World Finance

    Industry: Financial Services

    Industry Rank: 17

    City: Greenville

    Company Type: Public

    World Finance has been helping people realize and reach their financial goals for 50 years. They offer fixed rate and payment loan solutions and have branches nationwide.

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  • J M Smith

    Industry: Health Care & Life Sciences

    Industry Rank: 13

    City: Spartanburg

    Company Type: Private

    Founded in as a single community pharmacy in Asheville, North Carolina in 1952 JM Smith has grown into a corporation. Now the company operates business units that supply healthcare and distribution services and technology to pharmacies across the U.S.

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  • InterTech Group

    Industry: Materials & Chemicals

    Industry Rank: 12

    City: North Charleston

    Company Type: Private

    According to its website, The InterTech Group is a “family-owned holding company”.  Its core focus is to invest, diversify and create opportunities.”

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  • 3D Systems

    Industry: Technology Hardware

    Industry Rank:9

    City: Rock Hill

    Company Type: Public

    3D Systems is a technology company that is dedicated to solving design and production challenges.

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  • Sonoco

    Industry: Transport, Logistics, & Packaging

    Industry Rank: 34

    City: Hartsville

    Company Type: Public

    Sonoco is a global packaging solutions leader with a focus on sustainability.

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  • Methodology According to Newsweek

    Newsweek, in collaboration with market research partner Statista, recognizes the Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 23 industries according to U.S. residents’ evaluations.

    The Most Trustworthy Companies have been chosen based on a holistic approach to evaluating trust. The three main public touchpoints of trust have been considered: customer trust, investor trust, and employee trust.

    The analysis followed a 3-step process:

    1) Market definition: All companies headquartered in the US with a revenue over $500 million were considered in the study. Complementary to last year’s methodology, private companies were also eligible.

    2) Extensive survey: The basis of the analysis was an independent survey from a sample of about 25,000 U.S. residents, who rated companies they know in terms of all three touchpoints of trust. A total of 95,000 evaluations of companies were submitted. The field period ran from CW 45 to CW 48 2022.

    3) Social Listening: For each company that received a sufficient number of evaluations, a Social Listening analysis was conducted. This involved researching what was said about a company in various media segments of the internet and evaluating whether it was positive, neutral or negative. In total, over 270,000 mentions were gathered. Additionally, all companies that were involved in any recent scandals or lawsuits relevant to a dimension of trust were excluded from the analysis.

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