First, we must look to build a better-opportunity ecosystem that supplies programming, education, and direction for all Georgians. Local chambers must adjust leadership programs to address systemic racial inequality and be intentionally inclusive. Communities should invest in financial infrastructure and create local innovation loan pools that are publicly and privately funded.
Next, companies should be intentionally inclusive in every single aspect of employee and customer engagement. According to TopCHRO, companies that build diverse teams are two times more likely to reach financial targets. Multi-generational teams that are purposefully inclusive perform at higher levels and are six times more likely to innovate. Businesses should also foster talent development strategies accessible to all employees.
Finally, we had to enact legislation that directly addressed the racial inequality facing Black Americans in our society. Until this week, Georgia was one of 5 states that had yet to address hate crimes within our laws. Thanks to the bipartisan leadership in the Georgia House and Senate, our state has demonstrated unwavering commitment to true equality for all. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from business and community leaders to support the passage of HB 426. We have clearly shown that when we work together, putting aside politics and division, we can build a better and brighter future for all.
All of these steps start by listening, engaging, and discussing disparities openly and without blame or judgment. To that end, the Georgia Chamber and the Atlanta Black Chambers will join together for a National Day of Dialogue on June 25 at 2:00 p.m.. We invite local chambers, partners, and businesses to join us for this event and further it by having your own local community dialogue.
In just 30 years, over 15 million diverse citizens will call Georgia home and during that time we have the unique opportunity to use the collective power of the business community and grow into a more equal and just society. With the support of The Atlanta Black Chambers, The Atlanta Business League, The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and The Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce, we can create paths for greater economic mobility, help generations move into true economic growth, build a world-class core of talent, fill jobs, and form new companies that innovate and inspire. Then, and only then, will we achieve an economy that truly epitomizes the equality of opportunity for all.
Chris Clark is president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.