Companies start signing on to the Fair Chance Business Pledge

Fair Chance Business Pledge. Fair Chance Business PledgeThe 19 initial signatories include major companies such as American Airlines, Busboys and Poets, The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Georgia Pacific, Google, Greyston Bakery, The Hershey Company, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Koch Industries, Libra Group, PepsiCo, Prudential, Starbucks, Uber, Under Amour/Plank Industries, Unilever and Xerox. The pledge encourages signatories to take the following actions to promote fair hiring practices:

  • “Banning the Box” by delaying criminal history questions until later in the hiring process;
  • Training human resources staff on making fair decisions regarding applicants with criminal records;
  • Ensuring internships and job training are available to individuals with criminal records;
  • Using reliable background check providers to help ensure accuracy; and
  • Hosting a Fair Chance and Opportunity Job Fair
The White House is building on past efforts by challenging businesses to take on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge”. You may recall that last year, we reported on the Executive Order signed by the President to ban the box for federal employers. When that Executive Order was signed by the President, he noted that: “Around 70 million Americans have some sort of criminal record … Now, a lot of time, that record disqualifies you from being a full participant in our society — even if you’ve already paid your debt to society. It means millions of Americans have difficulty even getting their foot in the door to try to get a job much less actually hang on to that job. That’s bad for not only those individuals, it’s bad for our economy.” The White House Fact Sheet launched alongside the pledge estimates that approximately 70 million Americans have a criminal record – almost one in three Americans of working age – and the United States accounts for 25 percent of the world’s inmates. In conjunction with the announcement of the pledge, the Justice Department has designated the week of April 24-30 as “National Reentry Week” and is planning events across the country designed to help those with criminal backgrounds reenter the workforce.]]>

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