Examples of Ways To Take Action
In addition to signing on to the pledge language above, we ask you and your company to make specific commitments that demonstrate the type of action your company will take to achieve the goal of promoting opportunity for all, eliminating barriers to reentry, and providing meaningful opportunities to succeed for reentering individuals. Examples include:
(1) PROMOTE FAIR CHANCE HIRING PRACTICES. The most important contribution businesses can make to this effort is to give a fair chance to all applicants, to ensure that information regarding an applicant’s criminal record is considered in the proper context, and to engage in hiring practices that do not unnecessarily place jobs out of reach for people with criminal records. Specifically, you can commit to:
• Train human resources staff to make fair decisions regarding applicants with criminal records, in accordance with D.C.’s Ban the Box law, and report data on the number of applicants hired to the Office of the D.C. Auditor;
• Ensure jobs, internships and job training are available to individuals with criminal records;
• Use reliable background check providers to help ensure accuracy;
• Commit to considering applicants whose last conviction was five or more years ago as if they have no criminal record; and
• Host a Fair Chance and Opportunity Job Fair.
(2) PROMOTE FAIR BUYING PRACTICES. These range from fair business-to-business purchasing arrangements, to supporting small and solo entrepreneurs through fair bargaining, and consumer purchasing. Specifically you can commit to:
• Offer mentorship to returning citizen business owners;
• Make referrals for returning citizen businesses equally;
• Ensure sales and business to business opportunities are available to new returning citizen businesses; and
• Give fair terms to returning citizen businesses in contract and sales.
(3) TAKING ACTION IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. While the focus is on fair chance opportunity, there are other important ways for businesses to contribute to this effort, such as:
• Supply tools for success (business clothing, cell phones, internet service, transit cards, or child care services);
• Offer support to people living in Hope Village and Fairview halfway houses; and
• Provide mentors to children of incarcerated parents through a partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs.
We welcome any additional commitments that achieve the goal of promoting fair chance hiring, eliminating barriers to reentry, and providing meaningful opportunities for all to succeed.