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These are the best workplaces for women

September 17, 2021, 9:52 AM UTC

Good morning.

What are the best big companies for women to work for? Our partners at Great Place to Work did a deep dive into their data, which includes survey results from more than five million employees, to come up with a list of 75 companies. You can find the full list here, but I will share the top five:

1) Hilton
2) American Express
3) Bank of America
4) New American Funding
5) Progressive

At Progressive, a woman—Tricia Griffith—has made it to the top. The day will come for the others. We also published a list of the best small workplaces for women, which you can find here.

And speaking of lists, we are winnowing out nominations for this year’s Impact 20, which highlights startups that are trying to Change the World by addressing society’s unmet needs—and aiming to earn a profit in the process. You can see last year’s honorees here. And you can nominate a company using this form. (Or just shoot me a note.)

Finally, apologies yesterday for passing on a broken link to the Fortune + PwC Trust hub. You can try again here.

More news below. And since the weekend is almost here, check out Eamon Barrett’s piece on what the future holds for China’s gaudy gambling hub, Macau. The casino stocks got clobbered this week by fears a government crackdown is coming.

Alan Murray


COVID passports

Italy is becoming the first European country to require people to have a valid COVID passport when they go to work. The mandate covers all public and private-sector workers. Meanwhile, the Netherlands will require the passports, or proof of a recent negative coronavirus test, for entry to bars, restaurants, museums and theaters. In both countries, political resistance has been fierce. Fortune

Booster shots

Hong Kong's health authorities are testing booster shots for people who have been vaccinated with Sinovac, one of the big Chinese COVID-19 jabs. Some people in the trial will be given an extra Sinovac dose, while others will get BioNTech's mRNA-based vaccine. Studies have suggested that a regular Sinovac regimen leaves people with lower antibody levels after half a year than those who got mRNA vaccines. Fortune

Election interference

Apple and Google have given in to the Kremlin's demands to remove dissident Alexei Navalny's app from their iOS and Android app stores, as voting begins in Russian elections. Meanwhile, Google Docs has become inaccessible for many people in the country, after Navalny's team posted lists there that indicate how people can tactically vote out Putin-friendly politicians. Reuters

Boeing charges

A former Boeing pilot is reportedly going to be hit with criminal charges for misleading aviation regulators about 737 MAX-related safety issues. Mark Forkner was chief technical pilot for the plane during its development. Wall Street Journal


Bad Facebook

In the latest installment of a Wall Street Journal investigative series, this report details Facebook's weak response to internal concerns about drug cartels and human traffickers using the platform to recruit or lure people: "When problems have surfaced publicly, Facebook has said it addressed them by taking down offending posts. But it hasn’t fixed the systems that allowed offenders to repeat the bad behavior. Instead, priority is given to retaining users, helping business partners and at times placating authoritarian governments, whose support Facebook sometimes needs to operate within their borders, the documents show." WSJ

Bad World Bank

An independent investigation has found that World Bank officials, including then-chief Kristalina Georgieva (who now leads the IMF), pressured staff to boost China's score in a major report. China rose seven places in the "Doing Business 2018" report after a change in ranking methodology. Reuters

RIP Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair, one of the most pivotal figures in the introduction of home computing and gaming, has died at the age of 81. Sir Clive invented the pocket calculator and even launched an electric vehicle (the disastrous C5) in the mid-1980s, but his eponymous company's ZX range of affordable home computers sparked many a career in programming and game development. Guardian

Imperial measures

The British government wants to return to old-school imperial measurements, such as pounds and ounces, as a supposed "Brexit benefit." Like most of the world, the U.K. has used the metric system for more than half a century, though people there never stopped ordering pints in the pub and measuring themselves in feet and inches. The National

This edition of CEO Daily was edited by David Meyer.

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