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Your Fair Chance Business Pledge Is Now Alliance Strong

Committing to the strengthened Fair Chance Business Pledge.

The original Fair Chance Business Pledge was important and transformational.

It committed us all, including the business community in particular, to the aspirational goals that have helped to transform the culture of our larger society generally as to the Fair Chance Movement. We “committed to providing individuals with criminal records, including formerly incarcerated individuals, a fair chance to participate in the American economy.” (from the White House Fair Chance Business Pledge).

From that beginning came a welcome avalanche of change including many “Ban the Box” local and state laws, and The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019, codifying federal “Ban the Box” policy.

The stage is set, but the needle hasn’t moved. Unemployment rates for justice-involved individuals remain unchanged. Your Fair Chance Alliance Strengthened Business Pledge changes that. The delta between the unemployment rate of the population generally and JII is > 20% [unemployment of JII > 27%; of others, < 5%]. Of the 70 million Americans with criminal records, that 20% delta amounts to 14 million that should be employed but aren’t. Tens of millions more are underemployed, constrained by JII prejudices from using their talents to the fullest potential. Among the reinvigorating enhancements in the Strengthened Fair Chance Business Pledge:

A zero tolerance among Fair Chance companies commitment to Ban the Box, and not consider a job applicant’s justice system involvement until after a job offer is made.

Ban the Box is now supported by Second Look™ protocols, where a JII who was denied a chance to compete for a job can be given a contextual look for success indicators.
Easy to accomplish training and certification of FCHE™ (Fair Chance Hiring Experts), free to Strengthened Fair Chance Business Pledge hirers, means proper weight is given contextually to criminal records. [FCHE™ training is accomplished remotely by free private training tests that can take less than an hour for informed candidates, and no more than three hours for candidates on a steep learning curve.] See details in the Report and here in Protocols and Best Practices.
A third Fair Chance Alliance requirement is keeping upgraded records and adhering to a policy of transparency. The Alliance needs to know, and the public and returning JII need to know, a company’s track record of success. The first part is assembling upgraded data of JII interviews, hires, and other relevant metrics. And the second part is making sure that information is transparently available to continue improving outcomes, and available to the JII community and to the general public in making judgments about particular company’s Fair Chance standing.