On behalf of the employees at GoodHire, I want to express my sadness and outrage at the recent killing of George Floyd. The event, in isolation, was horrific. But, even more profoundly, it shines a spotlight on the fear and injustice our African American neighbors, friends, and colleagues face because of the color of their skin. And, unfortunately, it reflects the systemic racism that is so deeply ingrained in American society.
At GoodHire, we believe that the status quo is unacceptable, and that racial justice is a moral imperative. And, we are determined, as an organization, to do our part to help make the world more inclusive and equitable.
From the launch of GoodHire, we’ve aimed to do our part to bring fairness to the hiring process—requiring that 100% of candidates get access to the same data their employers see; introducing a way for candidates to share more context to their background records; and advocating for ban-the-box laws across the U.S.
There’s certainly more we can do. With that in mind, we’ve decided to recommit to our GoodHire for Good program. Seven years ago, the Company founders launched the program to lend a voice and support to organizations helping people with criminal records—many of whom are people of color—get jobs and start their lives anew. In recent years, we’ve let the program languish, and that was a mistake.
Consequently, we’re creating a new GoodHire for Good team. I’ve asked Ellen Perelman, our CMO, and Elizabeth McLean, our General Counsel, to lead it. The team is tasked with identifying ways we can make a difference in the fair chance hiring movement and will report back to the Company with their action plan.
I believe strongly that even though we’re a business, it’s our responsibility to pay attention to more than the bottom line. In that spirit, we are committed to using our voice and influence to fight against racism and injustice.
Mike Grossman, CEO
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