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

Above the FoldAug 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
BLM Signage Main Image (updated)

At Historic U.S. Chamber Headquarters, Temporary Art Installation Celebrates Black Lives Matter Voices 

U.S. Chamber preserves Black Lives Matter artwork and announces plans for a temporary art installation at its headquarter building.

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.

Above the FoldMar 13, 2020 - 1:00pm
Aisha Bowe, Founder and CEO of STEMBoard

Former NASA engineer builds a STEM business set on making an impact

When Aisha Bowe started classes at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan she had planned to study international business, but a change of heart – inspired by her father’s decision to go back to school for electrical engineering – upended her trajectory. “He brought up this idea that maybe I could be an engineer, too,” says Bowe.

Above the FoldFeb 17, 2020 - 9:00am
African American women sitting around a table during a business meeting.

Diversity Unlocks Business Potential

Minority-owned enterprises have powered productivity and economic growth, expanding jobs and opportunity for all Americans.

Above the FoldOct 31, 2019 - 1:00pm
Suzanne Project GO

US Chamber’s Project GO Promotes Corporate Board Diversity with Real-World Solutions

The U.S. Chamber's recently launched Project GO, an initiative that advances corporate solutions to pressing societal challenges.

Above the FoldSep 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Diverse group of people having an office meeting at a wooden table.

Why Greater Diversity is an Economic Imperative

It is not only the right thing to do – it is the smart thing for business.

Above the FoldFeb 28, 2019 - 4:45pm
African American small business owner in an apron holds a "open" sign.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship are Keys to Economic Empowerment

There is an urgent need for greater focus on unlocking the full economic potential of black innovators and entrepreneurs.

Above the FoldAug 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Next-Gen Business Partnership

Next-Gen Business Partnership Kicks off with Successful Summer Internships

The Next-Gen Business Partnership is a partnership between two Washington institutions committed to developing the workforce of tomorrow.

Above the FoldDec 10, 2015 - 11:00am
School Children

America’s Education System Shorts African-American Students, Study Shows

"Education equity is not a problem confined to one laggard state," researchers concluded. "It is a national problem.”