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

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S.3742, the "RELIEF for Main Street Act"

This Hill letter was sent to Senators Cory Booker, Steve Daines, and Patty Murray, supporting S. 3742, the “Recharge and Empower Local Innovation and Entrepreneurs Fund for Main Street Act (RELIEF for Main Street Act).”

Press ReleaseJul 09, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Issues Initial Agenda for Equality of Opportunity, Calling for Swift Policy Actions to Address Gaps Negatively Affecting Black Americans

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released its initial Equality of Opportunity Agenda, calling for immediate, bold policy actions and private sector solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in four critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice.

Above the FoldJul 01, 2020 - 4:15pm
Pia Carusone, CEO & Founder, Republic Restoratives

Pride Month Spotlight: Pia Carusone, CEO & Founder, Republic Restoratives 

We interviewed Pia Carusone of Republic Restoratives to learn more about how she fosters inclusivity in the American distilling community.

Above the FoldJun 26, 2020 - 2:15pm
Jamie Leeds

Pride Month Spotlight: Jamie Leeds, Chef and Restauranteur, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Jamie Leeds Restaurant Group 

Like many food-centric cities across the country, the lifeblood of the food and beverage industry in Washington, D.C. is increasingly dependent on neighborhood  hot spots –the places where D.C. residents can enjoy a familiar meal or a cocktail from a friendly face in our big town.

EventJun 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

Join us for our inaugural National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, where some of the nation’s top business leaders will discuss closing the opportunity gaps for Black Americans in four critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system.

Press ReleaseJun 24, 2020 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Releases 'America’s Opportunity Gaps: By the Numbers' Examining Underlying Factors of Inequality for Black Americans, Americans of Color

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today published America’s Opportunity Gaps: By The Numbers, a compilation of research that documents the inequality of opportunity for Black Americans and people of color. Released the day before the Chamber’s National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, the report quantifies racial divides in six critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, health, and wealth development.

Letters to CongressJun 19, 2020 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Policing Reform Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation relating to policing reform.

Press ReleaseJun 19, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Announces Featured Speakers for National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, PWC’s Tim Ryan, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Joel Wittenberg Among Lineup for Historic Event  Registration for virtual event opens today 

Press ReleaseJun 03, 2020 - 7:00am

U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform.