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

EventJul 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Equality of Opportunity In Action: Addressing Maternal Healthcare Disparities

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET for Equality of Opportunity In Action: Addressing Maternal Healthcare Disparities.

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1486, "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate on S. 1486, the "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

ArticleJul 01, 2021 - 10:30pm
EOI Conversations - Bret Hart - A Conversation with Brett Hart

A Conversation with Brett J. Hart, President of United Airlines

Rick Wade, senior vice president of strategic alliances and outreach talks with president of United Airlines, Brett J. Hart.

Jun 30, 2021 - 8:45am
FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab

FedEx Opens Doors to Opportunity with E-Commerce Learning Lab

The lab is focused on helping women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color master e-commerce.

Above the FoldJun 24, 2021 - 12:30pm
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Business Leaders Put Equality of Opportunity Solutions Into Action

Business leaders, government leaders, small business owners, economists, and experts came together this week for the U.S.

Above the FoldJun 23, 2021 - 1:15pm
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Equality of Opportunity: A Year of Progress

The U.S. Chamber reflects on the progress made in the past year since launching the Equality of Opportunity Initiative in 2020.

EventJun 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, Moving from Conversations to Real Action.

ReportJun 22, 2021 - 4:30pm

Equality of Opportunity Pulse Survey

This report is based on a survey of more than 30 organizations that are actively working to close the equity gap to understand how they feel their industry and the business community are doing to create equality of opportunity. 

Letters to CongressJun 22, 2021 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S.J.Res.13

This Hill Letter was sent to Members of the House of Representatives opposing S.J.Res.13.

Above the FoldJun 16, 2021 - 11:15am

Supporting LGBT Businesses During Pride Month and Beyond

As the business voice of the LGBT community, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.