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About the Ethics Committee


To coordinate the ethics-related activities of the Society, serve as an educational resource and clearinghouse, but not as an adjudication body, for ACS members seeking guidance on ethics issues; raise awareness of ethics issues through meeting programming and columns/editorials; review recognition opportunities for acknowledging ethical behavior; and to develop and oversee such other ethics-related activities as will serve ACS members and promote the Society's standards of ethical conduct within the profession of chemistry and its related disciplines.


Leading a culture of ethics in chemistry.


To provide and promote resources and activities that educate, guide, and recognize chemists in ethical decision-making.


  • Develop and disseminate five educational projects for use by local sections.
  • Develop collaborative programming on ethics with other groups, both inside and outside of ACS.
  • Increase the members’ recognition of ethics in their careers and its impact on society.