The Lens – UK Responsible Business Podcast


MICHAEL MAISEY: From young offender to inspirational mentor – Ban the Box

Season 5, Ep. 6

In this special one-off episode of The Lens Podcast, we listen to Michael Maisey, Founder of The CIP Project, who is speaking at a Business in the Community event. Michael tells of his traumatic childhood, his life as a young offender, how kindness turned his life around, and he shares his calls to action for business about how they can break down barriers to employment.

If you’re thinking, what’s just one thing my business could do to help someone like a young Michael . . . sign up to Business in the Community’s Ban the Box initiative. We’re simply asking you to remove the first criminal conviction check box from the initial job application,and ask these questions later in the recruitment process. More than one million job roles are now more accessible to people with criminal convictions from those companies that have signed up to Ban the Box. Yours can too. Visit

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