Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber Joins National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15 2020
BIRMINGHAM — Today, the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.
The Birmingham-Bloomfield 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 Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber will host local and industry dialogues to further the discussion.
“As business leaders, we are keenly aware of the inequities people of color oftentimes face in their daily lives, be they economic, education or social,” said Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber President Joe Bauman. “It is a primary reason the Birmingham-Bloomfield in 2018 created the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber Foundation to be able to provide support and resources to our underserved and under-represented neighbors in southeast Michigan.”
Bauman added the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber has provided more than $100,000 in direct funding over the past five years to a host of area nonprofits that serve the underserved.
“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 Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber on this initiative and help develop a robust plan of action.”