Statement of Values on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting the values and benefits of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our county. We believe that every member of our community deserves the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a strong economic environment and a vibrant quality of life.

We believe that celebrating diversity, championing equity, and cultivating inclusion, with dignity and civility, are critical to the economic vitality and overall health of Orange County and the entire Hudson Valley region.

To best serve and represent our members, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive business environment. In doing so, we strive to become a best practice model for the implementation of intentional diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that advance economic growth.

Our Commitment

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring its leadership – including its Officers, Directors, and Committees – and general membership, reflect the diversity of Orange County. Therefore, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to addressing and intentionally working to eliminate all barriers to participation in any Orange County Chamber of Commerce activity based on economic position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other inherent personal attribute. Further, the Orange Chamber of Commerce will commit to ensure that the organization’s Officers, Directors, committees, staff, programs, and initiatives are diverse and appropriately reflective of our values, the region, and investors we serve. To demonstrate and ensure the success of this commitment, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce has established a governance-focused Diversity and Inclusion Policy Board Charter within our Human Resources Committee to provide oversight and ensure effective application of the Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion policies and practices, including but not limited to the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. Additionally, we continue to promote and support our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion committee which works to ensure that our membership and overall business community of Orange County, and the Hudson Valley region, is educated, intentional and all barriers to participation are eliminated. These two committees work hand in hand to ensure that the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is a model for diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion best practices, as well as a resource for successful implementation.