Opening Doors: Driving Inclusive Recruitment - Business in the Community

Opening Doors: Driving Inclusive Recruitment

Opening Doors is Business in the Community’s (BITC) flagship inclusive recruitment campaign. Open to all employers, and free to join, we have an ambition to make 2 million jobs more accessible to diverse talent by supporting employers to make changes to the way that they recruit.

70+ employers have committed to the Opening Doors campaign.
1.1M jobs are now more inclusive as a result of Opening Doors.
600 actions hav been committed to by the employers involved in the campaign.
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The business benefits of inclusive recruitment

Attract talent: Nearly three-quarters of jobseekers report that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers1.

Fill vacancies: 51% of private sector employers report having hard-to-fill vacancies2.

Improve business performance: diverse companies earn 2.5 times higher cash flow per employee, and inclusive teams are more productive by over 35%3.

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The barriers facing diverse talent

55% of employers would not hire someone with a conviction.
35% of employers wouldn't hire a refugee.
58% say being homeless would have a negative impact on prospective employment application.


Opening Doors Employers

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View the current list of employers who have already committed to the Opening Doors campaign.

Reducing Intersectional Bias

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Jobseeker insights power this toolkit to find employer actions that will have impact to support people from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Recruitment Factsheet

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This factsheet considers how anonymous recruitment can help businesses eliminate unconscious bias during the hiring process.

Opening Doors member spotlight

Each month we celebrate the impact that an Opening Doors employer has had through the campaign. View all case studies here.

Heathrow: Opening Doors to Disadvantaged Talent 
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Irwin Mitchell: Opening Doors to Diverse Talent
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Ricoh: Opening Doors to Disadvantaged Talent
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Ban the Box Campaign

Ban the Box calls on all UK employers to give people with criminal convictions a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms that ask about criminal convictions. The campaign now covers more than one million jobs, thanks to a growing movement of employers.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Click here to view our full list of FAQ’s.

    The Business in the Community inclusive recruitment Opening doors campaign identifies five keys to unlocking employment to ensure that jobs are accessible to all.

    BITC is asking businesses to participate in the campaign by identifying at least three specific actions to take forward over the next three years and share the progress with BITC.

    The actions should be selected from the list that underpins the five principles, developed in consultation with a broad range of charities that support the disadvantaged groups targeted by this campaign.  

    Learn more about the five keys to inclusive recruitment

    There is no cost to becoming an Opening Doors Employer, and the campaign is open to all employers – Business in the Community members and non-members.