Ban the Box: No one left behind by a tick box
AudienceOpen to BITC members and non-members and HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
Thu, 11 February 2021 @ 10:30 – 11:45
On 11 February (10.30-11.45), we are offering a unique opportunity to hear from Ban the Box employers, Government, people with convictions and organisations in the criminal justice sector about why giving a fair chance to people with convictions should be standard recruitment practice in the UK.
About the event
When Business in the Community (BITC) first launched its Ban the Box campaign in 2013, many employers had not even considered hiring people with criminal convictions. Seven years on, 150 employers have signed up to the campaign and we are nearing a significant milestone of one million jobs covered by the Ban the Box.
Businesses that employ people with convictions report a range of business benefits – and some employment programmes have reduced the re-offending rates of participants to less than 5% from a national average of 67% ¹. However, despite having the skills and experience for work, many people with convictions still find themselves excluded from potential employers due to being asked about convictions at application stage.
At this online event you will hear from some of our longest-standing and newest Ban the Box employers about why Ban the Box should be mainstream recruitment practice, and to celebrate the impact of the campaign so far. There will also be the opportunity to hear about the experiences of people with convictions and the difference that Ban the Box makes.
- Marco Pagni, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Walgreens Boots Alliance
- Jeremy Crook, Chief Executive of the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)
- Amanda Mackenzie, CEO, BITC
- Nicola Inge, Employment and Skills Director, BITC
- Lucy Frazer QC MP, Minister of State for Justice
- Rebekah Wallis, Director – People and Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh
- Jacob Hill, Founder and managing Director, Offploy
- Duncan O’Leary, CEO, New Futures Network
This event is open and free of charge to both BITC members and non-members. It is also suitable for HR and talent management practitioners and managers.
About Ban the Box
We are calling on all of BITC members to join the Ban the Box movement to ensure that no one is left behind by a tick box.
Companies that sign up to Ban the Box commit to:
- remove any tick box from job application forms that ask about criminal convictions
- consider applicants’ skills, experience and ability to do the job before asking about criminal convictions
- review their employment processes to ensure that when a candidate discloses a criminal conviction they are given a full opportunity to explain the situation
- ensure that the circumstances of any conviction are fairly assessed against their relevance to and risk within the role before a decision is made.
Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Florence Hughes, Events Manager at BITC.
Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.
Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.
¹ Recycling Lives (n.d) Recycling Lives’ “impressive” rehabilitation programme praised by prisons minister, available at https://www.recyclinglives.com/