The Alliance

The Alliance

By employers, for employers

The Fair Chance Business Alliance is a membership organisation, founded and led by employers for employers.

We exist to advance the cause of Fair Chance employment in the UK: making the case for hiring and promoting people with criminal records, supported by a tiered quality standard to ensure this is successful, sustainable and safe.

The Alliance is independent of government and politics, and led by representatives from a range of employers working together to improve employment prospects, reduce reoffending and build safer communities.

Our Pledge

As informed employers, we are committed to providing people with criminal records a fair chance to participate and progress in the UK economy and contribute to society

Our pledge PLUS (for Gold members):

And we further commit to promoting the benefits of Fair Chance employment and to contributing to the sharing of expert practice and resources to support the recruitment and advancement of people with criminal records.

What's in it for employers?

Fair Chance isn’t just good for society – it’s good for employers too. Here’s why joining the Fair Chance Business Alliance is a win-win for your business.

  • The Charter mark provides recognition within your industry and to the wider public of your commitment to community and society.
  • It identifies you to candidates as an open-minded employer, expanding access to talent amid a persistent UK recruitment crisis.
  • A Fair Chance means addressing staffing culture, which improves engagement, resilience and retention and diversity.
  • Progression through the charter tiers demonstrates your ESG / CSR / ED&I credentials and how you value your employees. That’s a competitive edge for recruitment and retention.
  • In time, alliance members will include comprehensive resources to help you make the commercial case to your team and deliver more inclusive employment.
  • A directory of experienced employers and charities will form a lively community of practice which you can tap and contribute to.
  • There’ll also be a jobs board to promote Charter-marked jobs to the 8 million people in the UK workforce with a criminal record.

Founding signatories

 A growing roster of employers, including well-known names from construction, retail, transport, recruitment and IT services have already joined us as founding signatories since we launched in February 2023. They represent over 80,000 job opportunities – and we’re aiming for a lot more.

Want to help shape the Fair Chance Employment Charter?

Friends and allies

An alliance means working together for a shared vision. As we work to establish our Charter, we’re delighted to count a number of expert and experienced charities and organisations as friends and allies.

Want to help us expand employment opportunities for people with criminal records?

Find out how Fair Chance employment could change your organisation.

Fair Chance First Movers

 A growing roster of employers, including well-known names from construction, retail, transport, recruitment and IT services have already joined us as founding signatories since we launched in February 2023. They represent over 250,000 job opportunities – and we’re aiming for a lot more.

Want to help shape the Fair Chance Employment Charter?

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