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.
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.