Today, the Greenville Chamber announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.
The Greenville Chamber will join the U.S. Chamber’s national townhall event on June 25 where business and community leaders will discuss concrete actions that can be taken by government and the private sector to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform. As a partner on this important initiative, the Greenville Chamber will host local and industry dialogues to further the discussion.
“The more progress we can make in areas regarding race, health and all the other issues, the better it’s going to be for our economy, and the better it’s going to be for business,” says Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber President & CEO. “If we have a community where people have the opportunity to earn more money and maximize their income potential, that’s good for business. If we have a community that is better educated, that’s good for business. There is an enlightened self-interest in engaging in this work, because as we address these social challenges, more people will prosper and the community as a whole will follow.”
“The moral case for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is indisputable, and there’s overwhelming evidence that greater diversity benefits the American economy, businesses, communities and employees,” said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark. “We are proud to partner with the Greenville Chamber on this initiative and help develop a robust plan of action.”
The work of this national initiative will build on the work already undertaken by the Greenville Chamber to expand the dialogue on matters that will make life better for all Greenville’s residents, including but not limited to social justice, disparities in education, health and income; creating a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper.