Firms are being urged to remove criminal record disclosures from job application forms to tackle discrimination faced by ex-offenders looking for work.
Business in the Community said three out of four employers used a criminal conviction to discriminate against an applicant.
The business charity launched a campaign to "ban" the tick box on application forms relating to a person's criminal record.
Edwina Hughes, of Business in the Community, said: "Ban the Box is about challenging the perception that people with unspent convictions inherently bring exceptional risk as employees.
"Using the blunt instrument of a tick box, employers reject passionate, skilled employees. That could range from anyone who has received a £300 fine for a driving offence and will have to tick the box for five years, to someone with a prison sentence of more than 2.5 years who has to tick the box for the rest of their life.
"In the past 10 years, no progress has been made on stopping this discrimination in the UK. "
Marco Pagni of Alliance Boots, which is backing the campaign, said: "By removing a tick box at the first stage of the recruitment process, we are giving people the opportunity to compete for jobs and be assessed alongside all other candidates."