Checkr® Wins Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Award in the AI and Data Category
SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Checkr, Inc., the leading technology company in the background check industry, announced today its product, Check Assess, has earned Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Award in the AI and Data Category. These annual awards honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaging and deeply committed to pursuing innovation to solve health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.
Checkr Assess was selected because it streamlines the background check process for the better, bringing thoughtful automation and flexible adjudication rules, allowing more people to be considered for employment. Assess lets employers identify the types of criminal records that aren't relevant to the job, and then annotates them based on the customers' rule set. Checkr also uses machine learning to predict changes in the employment funnel based on changes to the eligibility criteria. By using Assess, employers don't have to waste time reviewing irrelevant records or let their own bias take over and deny a candidate a job.
"Our mission at Checkr is to build a fairer future," said Checkr CEO Daniel Yanisse. "We're honored to receive this award fro Fast Company, demonstrating Checkr's commitment to give applicants a fair chance and create a new type of framework that reduces human bias in background check decisions. In 2020, in partnership with our customers, we reached our company goal of unlocking 1.5 million people who otherwise would have been excluded from the hiring process."
A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.
"There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it's important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems," said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. "Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020."
Now in its fifth year, Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions in different categories. From a cleaner freight train to an automated beehive, a way to recycle fabric, and other bold, new technologies, the Fast Company awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.
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