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

Above the FoldNov 24, 2020 - 9:15am
Elderly couple wearing masks.

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Celebrate the Goodness

We can begin to dwell on the tremendous blessings that have risen up out of this challenging year.

Above the FoldNov 23, 2020 - 5:00pm
Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico at sunset.

A Very Special Native American Heritage Month

Even in the face of a pandemic, Native and tribally owned businesses have success stories we should celebrate.

Above the FoldNov 20, 2020 - 10:00am
CCMC Event with Sen. Tim Scott (small)

Addressing Opportunity Gaps for Minority-Owned Businesses Through Increasing Access to Capital and Credit

Read the key takeaways from our fireside chat with Sen. Tim Scott on ways to close the opportunity gaps for minority-owned businesses.

EventNov 18, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
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A Discussion with Senator Scott: Increasing Access to Capital & Credit for Minority-Owned Businesses

CCMC will feature a fireside chat with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. The conversation will explore pending and future legislative solutions to mitigate minority-owned businesses’ opportunity gaps.

EventNov 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to Nov 19, 2020 - 3:30pm
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2020 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Business Solves

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation presents the 2020 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Business Solves.

EventOct 21, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
FDIC Chairman Event promo image featuring Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

A Conversation with FDIC Chairman McWilliams

FDIC Chairman McWilliams will discuss the FDIC’s new initiative and the importance of supporting lenders serving minority-owned businesses.

Letters to CongressOct 15, 2020 - 12:15pm

Coalition Letter on Executive Order 13950

This Coalition letter on Executive Order 13950, "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping," was sent to the President of the United States and to the Secretary of Labor.

Above the FoldOct 14, 2020 - 9:30am
Scientist COVID

Fostering Inclusion in the Innovation Economy Drives American Competitiveness

"Diversity drives innovation, not the other way around," said U.S.

EventOct 01, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy Conference

Join us for a virtual conference to explore issues around access to diversity in the innovation economy. We will discuss and highlight the many ways the industry is working to close the gap that persists and areas where more work is needed.

Above the FoldSep 21, 2020 - 4:30pm
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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.