The Property Block Bans the Box on job applications to access new talent
Candidates with a criminal record can apply for jobs at The Property Block in Dartford with the knowledge that they will be assessed on their ability to do the job before any convictions are fairly considered.
In signing up to the national campaign from Business in the Community they joined more than 150 employers, including the Civil Service, Boots, and Ricoh, who are creating a fair chance for ex-offenders to compete for jobs and bringing down the £18 billion a year cost of reoffending.
Alexander Hagan, CEO of The Property Block said:
“I come from an impoverished area in the north-east of England with a family of ex-servicemen, some of whom suffered from mental health issues and struggled with integration back into the community, so found themselves back in prison time and time again. This issue is close to my heart..”
Having a job can reduce a person’s chance of reoffending by up to 50% and The Property Block is leading the way in offering people a chance to turn their lives around while helping to keep communities safer.
Charlotte Gibb, Business in the Community’s Campaign Manager said:
“Two thirds of employers admit to discriminating against people with criminal records but the employers we work with recognise the skills and loyalty this diverse group of people can bring to their roles. Removing the barrier of a tick box can make all the difference to someone deciding to apply to your company or not and we need more forward-thinking employers to join the campaign to help stop the cycle of reoffending.”
Through signing up to Ban the Box and considering whether, when and how to ask about criminal convictions, employers can play a vital role in keeping people out of prison while gaining access to a large and diverse talent pool.
For more information and to sign up visit www.bitc.org.uk/banthebox
About Ban the Box
Business in the Community’s Ban the Box campaign calls on UK employers to remove the tick box and ask about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process – putting an end to the unfair discrimination of ex-offenders. To date, more than 145 employers with a combined workforce of about 918,000 have signed up to the campaign, including the entire Civil Service. The Ministry of Justice wants to see all companies Ban the Box and the employment of ex-offenders in the public and private sectors.
Ban the Box calls for employers to:
Remove the tick box asking about unspent criminal convictions from job application forms
Publicly commit to considering applicants’ skills, experience and ability to do the job before asking about criminal convictions
It is not calling for any changes to the checks and processes that are legally required when recruiting for “regulated” roles as defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), such as jobs with children or vulnerable adults. For a full list of Ban the Box employers, see: www.bitc.org.uk/banthebox
For more information about Ban the Box please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The following spokespeople are available for interview:
Charlotte Gibb, Campaign Manager, Business in the Community
Alexander Hagan, CEO, The Property Block
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network of over 700 members, including over half the FTSE 100. www.bitc.org.uk