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White House Launches the Fair Chance Business Pledge

By Michael Klazema on 4/18/2016

On April 11, 2016, the White House announced that 19 companies signed the Obama Administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge. The pledge calls on its signers “to provide individuals with criminal records, including formerly incarcerated individuals, a fair chance to participate in the American economy.” Companies who signed the pledge include: American Airlines, Busboys and Poets, The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Georgia Pacific, Google, Greyston Bakery, The Hershey Company, The John Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Koch Industries, Libra Group, PepsiCo, Prudential, Starbucks, Uber, Under Armour/Plank Industries, Unilever, and Xerox.

Later this year, the Obama Administration will host another second round of business leaders who will also sign the pledge with a goal of having more companies and organizations to join the Fair Chance Business Pledge. 

Click the link below to view the Fair Chance Business Pledge. 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/criminal-justice/business-pledge#section-352871

What This Means to You

  • The federal government is encouraging voluntary steps to help people with criminal records achieve rehabilitation through employment.
  • The pledge may be an opportunity for you to publicize efforts you are directly making or intend to make soon.

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