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 FoldJun 24, 2021 - 12:30pm
EOI event

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
Black woman in a suit walks with business paperwork outside

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.

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.

Above the FoldMay 25, 2021 - 4:00pm
Susan Au Allen (center) with her team at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

How an Executive Order Could Help Asian American Businesses Recover

President Biden’s Executive Order could create opportunities for minority businesses as part of the federal gov't supply chain.

Above the FoldMay 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
Charlotte Lee

AAPI Founder and CEO: An Appreciation for Culture Will Lead to Inclusion

Charlotte Lee, Founder and CEO of Monday Design Company, shares thoughts on the challenges facing those in the AAPI community in business.

Above the FoldApr 15, 2021 - 2:00pm
Food server in a mask working in a tent.

Save Small Business Initiative: A Year of Commitment and Action

Throughout the pandemic the Chamber has been on the side of small business and will continue to be there moving forward.

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.

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.