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

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

  Introduction Thank you, Traci—and welcome to all of you joining us from across this great nation, and all around the world. Let me start by wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and hopeful New Year. We come together today, optimistic—that’s right, optimistic—for the year and the future, because the State of American Business is resilient.

EventDec 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Equality of Opportunity Initiative Event Promo - purple background

Equality of Opportunity In Action: Strengthening Supplier Diversity

On December 17th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce proudly presented Equality of Opportunity In Action: Strengthening Supplier Diversity.

Press ReleaseDec 15, 2020 - 8:00am

Small Business Owners Still Feel Pain of Pandemic and Fear More to Come

Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead and half (50%) of small businesses see their operations continuing for a year or less in the current business climate before having to permanently close according to a new poll taken October 30 – November 10 and released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife.

Letters to CongressDec 03, 2020 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

This Hill letter was sent to the conferees for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

Letters to CongressDec 02, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 4873, "Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act of 2020"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting S. 4873, the "Reaching America's Rural Minority Businesses Act of 2020."

Press ReleaseDec 01, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Statement on NASDAQ Corporate Board Diversity Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tom Quaadman, executive vice president, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement after NASDAQ released a proposed board diversity rule for listed companies:

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.