Fair Chance Business Certification
CEF and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) are excited to announce that we are launching a Fair Chance Hiring Certification for local businesses in Orange County, NC! Fair chance hiring considers an applicant’s qualifications first, without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record.
Fair Chance Hiring is an incredibly impactful practice, especially considering that one-third of Americans have a criminal record. At CEF and SCSJ, we know that people are so much more than a record.
To become certified, local businesses commit to certain fair chance hiring practices. Certified businesses will join a growing network of private sector fair chance employers and receive resources from CEF and SCSJ.
The certification is free and open to any small business* in Orange County, NC.
Fair Chance Business Certified businesses must:
- Remove all questions about criminal records from the initial job application form.
- If you must ask about a criminal background, delay asking questions about criminal records until the applicant is given a conditional offer.
- Give applicants a chance to see any background checks you run.
*Businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations with less than 250 employees are encouraged to apply.