How Fair Chance Hiring Increases Equity and Upward Mobility

This report was authored by Rachael DoubledeeDaniel Krasner, and Molly Stutzman and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The article highlights the growing awareness of economic disparities and racial injustices in the U.S. workforce, exacerbated by the pandemic. A record number of Americans left their jobs in 2021 due to limited career advancement, burnout, and low wages, prompting calls for fair wages and flexibility. JUST Capital’s polling indicates that the majority of the public expects companies to address income inequality, create good jobs, and promote racial equity.

The 2022 Workforce Equity and Mobility Ranking identifies companies leading in these areas by setting clear diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) targets, adopting inclusive hiring practices, and prioritizing career development. Initiatives like apprenticeships and fair chance hiring are highlighted as pathways to inclusive opportunity. The article emphasizes the need for transparency, target-setting, and actions to promote workforce equity and mobility, ultimately benefiting both businesses and communities.