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.

 

Further Reading

Recent Activity

Above the FoldSep 21, 2020 - 4:30pm
Women working around a table in an office.

Chamber’s Clark: Racial Equality is ‘Essential’ to U.S. Competitiveness

Lifting up all Americans and ensuring equal opportunity for all is a critical mission for the business community. 

Letters to CongressSep 03, 2020 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 3441, “Fair Hiring in Banking Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, on S. 3441, the “Fair Hiring in Banking Act.”

Op EdAug 28, 2020 - 9:00am

A half century later, let's finally deliver on the promise of the March on Washington

On the Chamber's work on diversity and inequality of opportunity: 'The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed — and thus will score members of Congress on — a package of bipartisan bills that propose tangible solutions to start addressing injustices...and effort to advance business solutions and policy recommendations to bridge opportunity gaps'.

Press ReleaseAug 28, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S Chamber of Commerce and Leading Black Business Organizations Push for Greater Equality as we Commemorate the Anniversary of the March on Washington 57 Years Ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue joined the heads of four leading Black business associations in calling on our nation's leaders to take action in closing the opportunity gaps for Black Americans. 

Above the FoldAug 25, 2020 - 1:00pm
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The State of Working Women: Marking a Milestone Even as the Pandemic Takes New Toll

This week we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. Although this amendment did not grant all women the right to vote, specifically those that are non-white, it is a hallmark moment in history. It’s also proof that women have triumphed in difficult circumstances before and we can again.

Above the FoldAug 25, 2020 - 11:45am
Women in business

The U.S. Chamber Celebrates Women’s Equality Day and Looks Toward a More Equal Future 

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we're highlighting the strides towards progress and the work to be done to reach equality.

Above the FoldAug 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
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At Historic U.S. Chamber Headquarters, Temporary Art Installation Celebrates Black Lives Matter Voices 

U.S. Chamber preserves Black Lives Matter artwork and announces plans for a temporary art installation at its headquarter building.

Press ReleaseAug 04, 2020 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Calls on Congress to Pass Bills to Address Race-Based Opportunity Gaps

Nation’s largest advocacy group endorses more than a dozen bills; will score lawmakers on the measures Bills include proposals to close employment gaps, target federal support to disadvantaged communities, and improve educational opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals

Press ReleaseAug 04, 2020 - 8:00am

Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Minority-Owned Small Businesses Disproportionately Hard, New Poll Shows

More minority-owned businesses fear permanent closure, struggling to secure loansBelief that minority small businesses face greater challenges sees sharp increase

ReportAug 04, 2020 - 8:00am
Special Poll Cover - Minority Owned Businesses Suffer in Pandemic

MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Special Report on Race and Inequality on Main Street

Poll shows minority-owned small businesses harder hit by pandemic. More minority-owned businesses fear permanent closure, struggle to secure loans Minority-owned small businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the accompanying economic fallout, according to the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Special Report on Race and Inequality on Main Street.