In 2018, Slack, The Last Mile, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and FREEAMERICA founded Next Chapter to create pathways for people returning to their communities after incarceration, with the goal of helping them obtain skilled, high-paying jobs in the tech sector. As of 2022, Next Chapter has become a project of the Tides Center, and 13 more major companies have become partners, committing to hire returning persons and share their experiences with others.
A playbook published by the Aspen Institute in partnership with Next Chapter summarizes learnings from interviews with 40 individuals across 6 large tech companies and 13 nonprofits working to implement Fair Chance hiring in the tech industry. These takeaways describe challenges and advantages tech companies have in adopting Fair Chance employment practices, concrete steps they can take, as well as how the sector is uniquely positioned for impact.
At the firm level tech companies:
Given the tech sector’s influence— both for its reputation for innovation and for contributing an estimated $2 trillion a year in economic value in the US— tech companies implementing Fair Chance hiring have an opportunity to change the status quo at their firm and beyond.
Levelset introduces new survey to assess and encourage Fair Chance practices among vendors and suppliers