Our Statement

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce speaks for business and defends free enterprise in our state. The business case for diversity and inclusion is real. People with different backgrounds bring different perspectives and create a more robust, stimulating, and vibrant environment from which everyone can learn and grow. In turn, the expanded base of knowledge leads to more creativity and innovation in the workplace, and thus leads to better economic outcomes that benefit us all.

The members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce employ over half of the state's workforce, giving the Chamber a large and influential voice to articulate workforce needs and preparedness. These members understand that there are numerous types of diversity within our culture and our state. Multiple studies confirm the economic reality that diversity and non-discrimination policies are good for business. These studies also show that employers with non-discrimination policies enjoy greater productivity and lower workplace turnover.