Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is America’s strength and a business imperative. Embracing diversity makes our businesses, communities, and society better – and stronger.

American business should reflect the rich diversity of our vibrant nation. Diversity and inclusion in business is not only right for our society, it is good for our economy.

Diversity spurs innovation and creativity, which lead to greater business success. The diverse business community is a key driver of America’s economic success. When businesses recognize and embrace the value of different background and perspectives, they are better able to create value, serve customers, support employees, remain relevant, and succeed and grow. And by expanding opportunity to more individuals, they help lift up communities, and they contribute immeasurably to the health, prosperity, and competitiveness of our nation and our society.

When businesses recognize and embrace the value of differences, they are better able to create value, serve customers, and succeed and grow. And by expanding opportunity to more individuals, they help lift up communities, and they contribute immeasurably to the health, prosperity, and competitiveness of our nation and our society.

Equality of Opportunity Agenda

Driven by data and informed by conversations with business, government, academic, and civic leaders, we developed an initial Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy action at the federal, state, and local level.

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Projects and Programs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a leading advocate, convener, and resource for driving diversity and inclusion in business. The following programs and initiatives are intended to create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. We partner and collaborate with diverse chambers and business organizations to advance our common business agenda. 

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Priorities 

The Chamber is working to support the growing needs of corporations in these areas: 

Workforce & Talent Pipeline 

  • Ensure equal opportunity to career paths that lead to jobs, and workforce initiatives that create a more equitable talent marketplace and strengthen the American economy.  
  • Assist companies with the development of workforce diversity initiatives. 
  • Develop diverse talent pipelines for C-Suite and corporate Boards. 

Diverse Owned Companies & Entrepreneurship 

  • Help diverse businesses grow the economy and create jobs. Enable diverse entrepreneurs to equally participate in the free-enterprise system.   
  • Promote diversity across all levels of business, support minority-owned enterprises and entrepreneurs, and make the business case for closing the racial equity gap.  

Policy & Advocacy 

  • Advocate for policy that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in business and lead efforts to remove barriers standing between people and opportunity.  
  • Convene diverse chambers and other minority business organizations to discuss policy issues and speak with a collective voice.

Recent Activity

ArticleMar 24, 2021 - 4:30pm
Lauren Chan, founder and CEO of Henning, a luxury fashion brand made in New York for sizes 12 and up.

Business Is... Change, Featuring Henning

Lauren Chan, founder and CEO of New York-based clothing brand Henning, aims to make the lives of women marginalized by fashion better.

TestimonyMar 18, 2021 - 11:30am

Rick Wade Testimony for House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity Inclusion

Senior Vice President Rick Wade's testimony before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity Inclusion hearing, "By the Numbers: How Diversity Data Can Measure Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion."

Press ReleaseMar 05, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Denounces Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

"The uptick in violence and racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population over the last year is deeply problematic. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asserted, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.' The U.S. Chamber of Commerce denounces hate and violence against AAPIs across our society and encourages all people to treat each other with dignity and respect..."

Letters to CongressMar 01, 2021 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 374 / H.R. 1277, the "Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting the "Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act."

Letters to CongressFeb 26, 2021 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 389 / H.R. 1226, the "Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting S. 389 / H.R. 1226, the "Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act."

Letters to CongressFeb 25, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 5, the "Equality Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 5, the "Equality Act."

Press ReleaseFeb 24, 2021 - 9:00am

Coalition to Back Black Businesses Awards Grants and Mentorship to 600 Black Small Business Owners

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB), launched in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, and the nation’s four leading Black chambers –  the National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Business League, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy – today announced it has awarded $5,000 grants to 600 Black-owned small businesses in 33 states.