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Ban the Box calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process.
Business benefits of Banning the Box
Banning the Box is the first step to reducing reoffending through employment and brings a number of business benefits, including:
1. Access to a wider, more diverse talent pool
Ban the Box opens employers to a wide range of skills and experiences which can help to address skills shortages and support efforts to increase diversity. See our construction impact story
2. Access to valuable employees
Organisations that actively employ ex-offenders say they make reliable, hard-working employees. One national high street brand reports an 83% retention rate for ex-offenders, much higher than for the rest of their workforce.
3. Saving on recruitment costs
Ricoh UK estimates each person they recruit directly through Ban the Box and their work in prisons saves the company £390.10.
4. Reputational benefits
65% of organisations that promote their efforts to hire ex-offenders in the media report a positive impact on their corporate reputation.
5. Responsible business credentials
Ban the Box is evidence of your positive contribution to local communities and wider society. Employers bidding for contracts say this gives them a winning edge.
Don’t let a tick box put off potential talent.