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

Press ReleaseSep 14, 2021 - 1:00am

Applications Now Open for the Coalition to Back Black Businesses 2021 Grant Program

On its second year, the Coalition will award about $2.8 million in total grants and resources to more than 400 Black small business owners to support their financial recovery and long-term growth 

Above the FoldAug 20, 2021 - 12:00pm
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How Employers Can Build Career Pathways for Ex-Offenders

Employers must look to underutilized pools of talent to find workers.

EventAug 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Equality of Opportunity in Action: The Power of a Second Chance

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chase for Business on Wednesday, August 18 at 12:00 p.m. ET for Equality of Opportunity in Action: The Power of a Second Chance.  

ReportAug 18, 2021 - 11:00am

The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform: Second Chance Hiring

This report explores the benefits to employers that hire formerly incarcerated individuals, identifies barriers to entry for those with criminal convictions, highlights programs and organizations working to break down these barriers, and discusses developments concerning state and federal legislation that supports second and fair chance hiring.

Above the FoldAug 11, 2021 - 12:00pm
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What Can Be Done to Address Maternal Healthcare Disparities?

Private and public sector leaders discussed remedies to address these disparities.

Letters to CongressAug 02, 2021 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the “Driving for Opportunity Act of 2021"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress on S. 998 / H.R. 2453, the “Driving for Opportunity Act of 2021.” This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard and is part of the Equality of Opportunity Initiative.

Letters to CongressAug 02, 2021 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1749, "Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting S. 1749, the “Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act.” This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard and is part of the Equality of Opportunity Initiative.

Letters to CongressAug 02, 2021 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1380, "Clean Slate Act of 2021"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate supporting S. 1380, the "Clean Slate Act of 2021." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard and is part of the Equality of Opportunity Initiative.

EventJul 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Equality of Opportunity In Action: Addressing Maternal Healthcare Disparities

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET for Equality of Opportunity In Action: Addressing Maternal Healthcare Disparities.

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1486, "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate on S. 1486, the "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.