Business must do more support former offenders and Ban the Box

Unlock has today published new research that shows that many companies continue to have criminal record declarations as a core part of their initial job application forms. 

Responding to the findings, Jessica Rose, Ban the Box campaign manager at Business in the Community, said:
 
“Unlock’s work to unearth the recruitment practices of some of the country’s biggest private sector employers paints a stark picture of confusion and inconsistency when it comes to managing risk around criminal convictions. This results in people being unfairly excluded from work and many more believing that no one is willing to give them a chance. Employers need to grasp the nettle and implement Ban the Box, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it will benefit their businesses and their communities. 
 
“Some of the employers cited in this report already work with Business in the Community and other charities to support individuals into employment. This should give them the positive evidence they need to make the business case for changing their mainstream practices. We want to work with these businesses, alongside Unlock, to support them to put robust, fair and inclusive practices into place."

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Media contact 
 
Laura Cooney, PR officer Business in the Community, Tel: 020 7566 8737 Email: katherine.howbrook@bitc.org.uk