ACS Strategic Plan

What role will you play in shaping the future of chemistry?

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Vision

Improving all people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry

Mission

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

Core Values

Core Values

In everything we do, we are committed to the following core values:

Passion for Chemistry and the Global Chemistry Enterprise

We harness 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, advocacy, and innovation.

Focus on Members

We develop and deliver programs, products, services, and experiences that make ACS indispensable to the success of all members worldwide regardless of race, religion, country or ethnic origin, citizenship, language, political opinion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and economic class in academe, industry, government, and other places. The Society promotes an environment that is supportive of all diverse groups in the interest of advancing science. Celebrating and recognizing the achievements and contributions of ACS members is crucial to the Society’s member-value proposition.

Professionalism, Safety, and Ethics

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR)

We embrace and promote diversity in all its forms, not only to create a more inclusive environment for the practice of chemistry, but also to provide fair and just outcomes for all to achieve their full potential. Inclusion of and respect for people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and ideas will lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science.

Goals

Goal 1

Provide Information Solutions

Deliver indispensable chemistry-related information solutions to address global challenges and other issues facing the world’s scientific community.

ACS will be the most trusted source of chemistry-related information solutions. The Society will provide products and services including high-quality publications, curated databases, and scientific conferences that advance the practice of chemistry and related sciences. Through customer collaborations, transformative technologies, and industry best practices, ACS will leverage its information products and services to offer the most authoritative and indispensable knowledge-based solutions for chemical professionals addressing the world’s challenges.

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173+M

Chemical substances in CAS REGISTRY to date

CAS Registry

170+M

Journal articles downloaded in 2020

Pubs

131+M

Reactions found in CAS reaction collection

CASReacts

6.6+M

Articles downloaded via ACS Mobile in 2020

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Goal 2

Empower Members and Member Communities

Provide access to opportunities, resources, skills training, and networks to empower our global members and diverse member communities to thrive.

ACS will develop and provide resources to enable chemistry-related professionals to succeed in the global scientific enterprise. The Society will support members in their quest for technical competence, a strong ethics and safety culture, and professional advancement. ACS will also help members form and maintain inclusive communities worldwide — both traditional, established communities and limited-lifetime, self-organizing communities — as they work to collaboratively address the major chemistry-related problems and opportunities of our time.

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4,270+

Science Coaches volunteered in classrooms to date

Science Coaches

 

145+

Local Sections and International Chapters hosted virtual activities during 2020 National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week

19,000+

Members opted-in to LinkedIn Learning Resources in 2020

Developing & Growing in Your Career

500+

Members attended 29 workshops hosted by the ACS Leadership Development System in 2020

ACS Leadership Development System

Goal 3

Support Excellence in Education

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

ACS will support reforms and initiatives that result in highly effective chemistry education, safer laboratory practices, and the preparation of technically competent, ethical, and competitive chemists ready to address global challenges. Through formal and informal educational resources, instruction, and mentorship, ACS and its members will encourage the incorporation of principles of safety and ethics throughout pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education. The Society will promote the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices in chemistry education and professional development to foster a scientifically literate citizenry and ensure a highly qualified chemical workforce.

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6,700+

Teachers participated in 41 virtual sessions held in 2020

AACT Webinars

$18.1+M

In grants distributed through PRF in 2020

ACS Petroleum Research Fund

8,000+

American Association of Chemistry Teacher members in 2020

AACT

290+

Economically disadvantaged high school students supported by Project SEED in 2020

ACS Project SEED Program

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.

ACS will lead in communicating the value of chemistry. The Society will also encourage and support the active participation of members in public outreach efforts by providing training, connections, venues, and other assistance. In collaboration with other professional organizations ACS will advocate for support for science, engineering, innovation, and chemical stewardship. Through its advocacy efforts, the Society will encourage the creation and retention of chemistry-related jobs.

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32,000+

News stories mentioning ACS in 2020

Discover Chemistry

11,000+

Members participated in Act4Chemistry in 2020

Act4Chemistry

7+M

Views of Reactions Videos in 2020

Watch Reactions Videos

700+

Members enrolled in ACS Chemistry Advocacy Workshops in 2020

Advocacy Workshops

Goal 5

Embrace and Advance Inclusion in Chemistry

Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect; identify and dismantle barriers to success; and create a welcoming and supportive environment so that all ACS members, employees, and volunteers can thrive.

ACS will exemplify diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect and highlight their importance to the profession at every level by embracing and celebrating our differences in our programs, products, services, and leadership. We recognize that the world has not been an equal nor equitable space for everyone, and science is no different. ACS will evaluate the impact of administrative and governance actions intended to enhance inclusion and will build sustainable processes for addressing inequities. The Society will speak out against injustice, establish professional standards, and provide training for creating an inclusive culture, both internally and externally. ACS will recruit, retain, develop, and recognize members, employees, and volunteers from all backgrounds by building an inclusive culture. ACS will support partnerships aimed at creating equal opportunities and a sense of belonging in science.

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3,000+

Underrepresented minority students awarded scholarships via the ACS Scholars Program

Donate

 

24

Requests fulfilled for name changes as a result of a landmark Author Name Change Policy

ACS Publications Name Change Policy

22

Women entrepreneurs featured in C&EN’s Inaugural Trailblazers Issue

Trailblazers issue

30

Scientists participated in the CAS Future Leaders Program in 2020

CAS Future Leaders