The DEI Collaborative helps transform organizations through a shared commitment to lead meaningful change within your business and the community at large.

Our Vision

The future of our economy depends on how we advance inclusive economic growth.

That is why ChamberRVA has worked to build a more robust DEI strategy that includes community programming, member training and resources, and business lead initiatives to promote supplier diversity.

Our goal is that all who call RVA home share in the prosperity of our region – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or any other identity.

We invite you to join us on our journey.

As the region’s trusted voice for modern business, we have the opportunity and responsibility to provide leadership on issues that impact our members, community, and society.

We are a neutral party, unbound by political jurisdictions and are able to represent the region as a whole.

We have the ability to convene organizations to create common goals and understanding surrounding racial equity and inclusion.

We can use our platform to communicate a set of common principles, values, and goals that establish the Richmond region as a national model for how to create an equitable and inclusive business community.

Businesses do not operate in a vacuum – we thrive when all members of our community are active participants in the economy.

Businesses depend on talent and can ensure equitable employment opportunities by proactively supporting the education and inclusion of individuals historically excluded in the educational system and workforce.

Businesses are role models. Employees also expect their organization to have a purpose that goes beyond profit, and for their jobs to have a meaningful impact on the communities it serves (Edelman Trust Barometer).

Our Journey

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The Facts

Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous region with a low cost of living. We pride ourselves in our rich history, natural resources like the James River, thriving arts and culture scene, and strong business community. Consistently, the Richmond region is recognized on “Best Places to Live” lists. Yet, disparities exist that we must address in order to move forward and thrive together.



ranking out of the 53 largest metro areas



ranking out of the 53 largest metro areas



ranking out of the 53 largest metro areas

Source: Brookings, “Metro Monitor,” 2021

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