Philanthropy Now podcast: Ban the Box: Why Organizations Are Removing Questions About Criminal History from Job Applications

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

SVCF and other organizations have implemented a "ban the box" policy for hiring. Removing the checkbox inquiring about applicants' criminal history is intended to make hiring more inclusive for people who have had interactions with the criminal justice system. Gina D. Dalma (SVCF’s vice president of government relations) and Daiva Natochy (SVCF’s vice president of talent, recruitment and culture) talk about how unequal treatment by the criminal justice system often puts young people of color and those in lower socioeconomic classes at a disadvantage, because they are more likely to have had interactions with law enforcement.

Gina and Daiva highlight research that demonstrates the effectiveness of banning the box and discuss why it's so important to welcome those with criminal histories into our organizations and businesses.  


SVCF's Gina Dalma, special advisor to the CEO on public policy, and Daiva Natochy, SVCF’s VP of talent, recruitment and culture.


What you will learn:

  • Statistics concerning the unequal application of the criminal justice system
  • Why checkboxes about criminal history on job applications represent a barrier to opportunity
  • The emphasis of "ban the box" on getting to know an applicant before inquiring about their criminal history
  • Some of the research supporting the effectiveness of banning the box, and the challenges that those implementing the process may face

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