Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Alliance DE&I Initiatives
- Endorse the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Agenda. The Equality of Opportunity agenda provides a roadmap of policy solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in four areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice. The Alliance is already working on several of the identified solutions in such areas as transportation, affordable housing, education reform and criminal justice reform.
- Connect Alliance members to DE&I resources through our programs, partners and website. The majority of Alliance members are small businesses without the resources, or structure, to implement a DE&I policy. The Alliance can serve as a facilitator for member companies looking to engage in DE&I thought leadership and programming by creating a resource page on our website, promoting the DE&I offerings of valued partners such as MRA, and asking Alliance members with formal DE&I programs to assist in member education efforts through Alliance programs.
- Host “crucial conversations” around DE&I led by the board and task force members. The power of the Alliance is realized through the voluntary engagement of its member companies. To better understand their needs and inform future actions, the board of directors and task force should host a quarterly DE&I roundtable discussion with members and stakeholders. Roundtables should provide a forum to highlight best practices, identify opportunities for collaboration, engage individuals of color, and create a shared understanding of the benefits of DE&I.
The Alliance will continue to provide timely DE&I resources to support our members. In addition to what’s outlined below, we encourage you to attend our upcoming events & programs and review our 2021 Policy Agenda to learn more about our efforts.