After George Floyd’s murder in 2020 sparked a nationwide racial reckoning, the Detroit Regional Chamber recognized the need to improve its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and play a more dynamic role in creating lasting, systemic change. This led to the creation of its Racial Justice and Economic Equity initiative.
As an organization, the Chamber took this charge to leverage its position as a convener of business to ensure pervasive and long-term change both societally and economically. This ongoing work is rooted in a reflective focus on accountability internally as an organization and externally through a commitment to ensuring the region’s equitable future.
The Chamber carries out its DEI duties by committing to internal improvements, supporting others, expanding programs and communications, and developing, leading, and creating new data and research for its professional development and advocacy initiatives. Together, these commitments are intended to help lead to racial justice and economic equity within the Chamber and throughout the Detroit region.
Creating a More Equitable and Inclusive Region
The Chamber’s ongoing work is rooted in a reflective focus on accountability as an organization and enduring committment to ensuring the region’s equitable future. View the progress report.
Research and Data
By the Numbers
The Detroit region is one of the most innovative and diverse regions in the nation. Its 300,000 plus businesses employ…
Economic Impact of Inequality
The ideal Detroit region is an equal and fair community where all people have the opportunity, resources, and tools needed…
Cost of Accepting Status Quo
Extensive research reveals that if four key racial gaps – education, wages, housing, and investments – are closed, a significant…
COVID-19 and Equity
In many cases, this pandemic has highlighted or exacerbated economic and social inequities such as access to health care, housing…
Learn how the Chamber is committed to racial justice and economic equity.