Alcoa also received top ranking in eight key attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long term investment, and quality of products and services.

"It is an honour for Alcoa to be named the most admired metals company for the third consecutive year," said Alcoa chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. "This recognition is a tribute to Alcoa’s 60,000 employees around the world who are committed to serving our customers and communities every day, and to the growing importance of innovative, lightweight metals to modern society."