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Impact Hiring Initiative

The Impact Hiring Initiative facilitates and supports a learning community of employers and workforce partners interested in innovating best practices in hiring, retention, and advancement of opportunity youth and other populations facing barriers to employment.

What is Impact Hiring?

While overall unemployment levels have decreased over the past several years, economic opportunity has remained out of reach for some—including large numbers of youth. As the labor market has tightened, competition for entry-level talent has increased among employers. These factors underpin the value of impact hiring: talent practices that create business advantage through hiring and developing individuals who often face barriers to economic opportunity.




Innovation Labs: Supporting Companies in their Impact Hiring Strategies

The landscape of impact hiring is changing as more companies explore this practice as a viable talent strategy. FSG—with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation and Walmart—will facilitate and support a learning community for companies and workforce partners interested in innovating and driving best practices in hiring, retention, and advancement of opportunity youth and other populations facing barriers to employment. The cornerstone of the project is the Innovation Labs, which offer pioneering companies an opportunity to test impact hiring innovations while being provided access to consulting support, peer-to-peer cohort learning, and a communications platform to share best practice employment innovations improving their employment brand.

Learn more about Innovation Labs and apply for the fall cohort >

Talent is equally distributed, opportunities are not; and this is really about being a for-profit company. This is not just a do-good exercise. We want to continue to grow as a company and know we need great talent to do that.

Amelia Ransom, Director of Talent
Nordstrom

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