Gleeds ‘Bans the Box’: taking a step to help end discrimination against ex-offenders

Gleeds has added its support to Business in the Community’s ‘Ban the Box’ campaign, calling for the removal of the criminal-record tick box from job application forms.

Ban the Box challenges employers to value skills over unrelated criminal convictions, with convictions assessed on a case-by-case basis later in the recruitment process. The campaign calls for businesses to give candidates an equal opportunity to get to interview based on their competency for a role, rather than being excluding because of an unrelated conviction.

Richard Steer, Chairman for Gleeds worldwide said: “As an equal opportunities employer, Gleeds believes that all applicants should be treated fairly regardless of their background and history. All candidates should be assessed on the merits of their application and aptitude for the role, not by their past.

“Whilst we would expect potential employees to disclose relevant information during our interview process, we do not believe that a box on an application form should limit a candidate’s progress in applying for a job with Gleeds.”

10 million people in the UK have criminal records, yet research suggests that three-quarters of employers admit to using a criminal conviction to discriminate against an applicant, meaning that qualified job seekers can be blocked from employment. Gleeds has joined the movement of large and small companies aiming to address this.

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