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

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.

EventFeb 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Equality of Opportunity in Action: Diversity in Business and Law

On February 23, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) hosted a discussion to explore ILR’s mission, strategies fto build diversity in the field of corporate law, and connecting these goals with the next generation of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Press ReleaseFeb 23, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Biden Administration Decision Not to Abandon K-12 Statewide Assessments

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds the decision from the Biden administration not to issue a waiver that would allow states to abandon statewide annual assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. Cheryl Oldham, vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:

EventFeb 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Equality of Opportunity Dialogue: Fostering Diversity in Government Affairs

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Government Relations Group on Monday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m.

EventFeb 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative in partnership with the Chamber’s Discover & Deliver campaign, invites you to Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines on Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00 PM EST.

Press ReleaseFeb 02, 2021 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Appoints Latricia Boone Vice President as it Continues to Expand Equality of Opportunity Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that Latricia Boone has joined as Vice President to help lead the Equality of Opportunity Initiative (EOI).

Press ReleaseJan 29, 2021 - 12:00pm

NACD and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partner to Accelerate Progress on Diversity in America's Boardrooms

Initiative Focuses on Addressing Underrepresentation of Black Board Directors and Commits to Identifying, Preparing, and Connecting 250 Black Business Executives to Board Opportunities

EventJan 29, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Equality of Opportunity In Action: Accelerating Board Diversity

Equality of Opportunity In Action: Accelerating Board Diversity

On January 29, 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) hosted Equality of Opportunity In Action: Accelerating Board Diversity.