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Chamber’s Clark: Racial Equality is ‘Essential’ to U.S. Competitiveness



Chamber’s Clark: Racial Equality is ‘Essential’ to U.S. Competitiveness

Lifting up all Americans and ensuring equal opportunity for all is a critical mission for the business community.

On Monday at The Future of Business and Education event put on by the U.S. Chamber, Chamber President Suzanne Clark spoke about the continuing partnership between the business community and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expand economic opportunity.

“I’m proud that we have been working together to tear down these barriers for years, but there’s no denying that this year has brought a reckoning and an opportunity to make lasting, meaningful progress,” said Clark.

For businesses, “racial equality is not only a moral imperative, but it’s also essential to their own long-term growth and competitiveness and our competitiveness as a country.”

To develop real, sustainable solutions to close race-based opportunity gaps, the U.S. Chamber launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative earlier this year.

Partnering with HBCUs is a critical component. “We need more Black leaders in business and industry, helping lead private sector solutions across the economy,” she explained. “Together we have the responsibility to empower Black students to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to achieve their potential and contribute their talents and gifts as […]

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