ACS STRATEGIC PLAN

As approved by the ACS Board of Directors, November 30, 2018

Vision

Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry

Mission

Advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people

Core Values

We believe in the power of chemistry and the chemical enterprise to provide solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. We promote the health of the chemical enterprise by supporting investments in education, training, entrepreneurship, research, and innovation.

We provide programs, products, services, and experiences that make ACS indispensable to the success of our members and others in the global chemistry enterprise. Celebrating and recognizing the achievements and contributions of ACS members is crucial to the Society’s member-value proposition.

We support and promote the safe, ethical, responsible, and sustainable practice of chemistry coupled with professional behavior and technical competence. We recognize a responsibility to safeguard the health of the planet through chemical stewardship.

We believe in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advances chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science.

Goals

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Goal 1

Provide Information Solutions

Deliver indispensable chemistry-related information solutions to address global challenges and other issues facing the world’s scientific community.
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  • Interact with us through ACS on Campus, the American Chemical Society’s flagship outreach program, which brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, science communication, and career development to hundreds of educational institutions all over the world.
  • Get noticed and submit a manuscript to ACS Journals or present an abstract for an ACS National or Regional Meeting.
  • Stay up to date and fuel your next discovery with the latest innovative scientific research solutions through CAS.
  • Continue your chemistry education well beyond your time in the classroom through ACS Short Courses, which offers a variety of resources focused on providing continued education opportunities for professional chemists.

Goal 1 Accomplishments

144+M

Chemical substances in CAS REGISTRY to date

133+M

Journal articles downloaded in 2018

107+M

Reactions found in CAS reaction collection

3.9+M

Articles downloaded via ACS Mobile in 2018

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Goal 2

Empower Members and
Member Communities

Provide access to opportunities, resources, skills training, and networks to empower our members and member communities to thrive in the global economy.
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  • Join the world’s largest society for chemical professionals and become an ACS Member today. ACS members receive many career enhancing professional benefits, as well as personal benefits and discounts.
  • Get involved, give back, and search for a short-term volunteer opportunity in YOUR community.
  • Attend an ACS National or Regional Meeting. ACS Meetings feature dynamic speakers, interactive expo workshops, and opportunities for chemists, related scientists, and engineers to network, share their latest findings, and celebrate their accomplishments with colleagues in the chemistry enterprise.
  • Not located in the USA? Not a problem. ACS International Activities work to connect scientists around the world in addressing global scientific challenges, to create value for members, and to build collaborative networks around the world through a variety of programs.

Goal 2 Accomplishments

3,200+

Science Coaches volunteered in classrooms to date

169+

Local Sections hosted hands-on activities during 2018 National Chemistry Week

900+

Participants in the ACS Leadership Development Program in 2018

4,000+

Participants in the Career Pathways program in 2018

03

Goal 3

Support Excellence in Education

Foster the development of innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry and chemistry-related education.
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Goal 3 Accomplishments

1,300+

Teachers participated in 52 professional development sessions held at science education conferences in 2018

$17.6M

In grants distributed through PRF in 2018

5,500+

American Association of Chemistry Teacher members in 2018

400+

Economically disadvantaged high school students supported by Project SEED in 2018

04

Goal 4

Communicate Chemistry's
Value

Communicate — to the public and to policymakers — the vital role of chemical professionals and chemistry in addressing the world’s challenges.
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Goal 4 Accomplishments

9,100+

ACS Chemistry Ambassadors in 2018

13,700+

Members participated in Act4Chemistry in 2018

300,000+

 YouTube subscribers to Reactions Science Videos to date

89,000+

Unique visitors to the International Year of the Periodic Table site in 2018