Manufacturing in the United States would be the eighth-largest economy in the world, contributing $2.3 trillion to the United States in the first quarter of 2020 alone. We also employ more than 12 million men and women and have the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector, adding an additional five employees for every one manufacturer.

As manufacturers in the United States, we recognize the integral role our industry has in lifting up people and communities, and the opportunity and obligation we have now to stand with and support all people who face injustice.

On June 11, 2020, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers unanimously approved the Pledge for Action on behalf of manufacturers. To bring this pledge to action on behalf of manufacturers in the United States, the NAM makes this commitment to close the opportunity gap:
By 2025, manufacturers commit to taking 50,000 tangible actions to increase equity and parity for underrepresented communities, creating 300,000 pathways to job opportunities for Black people and all people of color. In doing so, manufacturing will reflect the diversity of the overall U.S. workforce by 2030.

It’s time to make your commitment.

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To meet our goals and strengthen our country, we need all manufacturers signed up and committing specific steps to increase equity and parity for underrepresented communities.

Additional Resources

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The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the NAM, is committed to supporting manufacturers’ efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces and strengthen equal opportunity in the United States. The MI is building the tools, resources, best practices and community for manufacturers to learn from one another about how to close the opportunity gap. Find more resources here.