Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry
Advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people
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 diverse people, experiences, and ideas leads to superior solutions to world challenges and advances chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science.
Results from 2016-2017 national elections worldwide (e.g. UK/EU and US in 2016, others in 2017) will create uncertainty and possibly impact all four ACS goals. ACS will marshal its unique resources to:
Deliver the most authoritative, comprehensive, and indispensable chemistry-related information and knowledge-based solutions to resolve global challenges and to address issues facing the world’s scientific community.
ACS will be the most trusted source of chemistry-related information. The Society will provide products and services including high-quality journals and periodicals, databases, and meetings that advance the practice of chemistry and related sciences. Through creative collaborations, transformative technologies, and best practices, ACS will ensure that its information products and services are the most authoritative, indispensable, and accessible to chemical professionals addressing the world’s challenges.
ACS Publications has launched the indispensable Chemical & Engineering News mobile app that gives ACS members free access to full issues.
Chemical substances in CAS REGISTRY
Journal articles downloaded in 2016
Abstracts viewed in 2016
Articles downloaded via ACS mobile in 2016
Provide access to opportunities, resources, skills training, and networks to empower our members to thrive in the global economy. Encourage and support member communities worldwide — both traditional, established communities as well as limited-lifetime, self-organizing communities—as they work to achieve ACS goals.
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 communities worldwide — both traditional, established communities as well as limited-lifetime, self-organizing communities — as they work to collaboratively address the major chemistry-related problems of our time.
Science Coaches volunteered in classrooms in 2016
Local Sections hosted hands-on chemistry events for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day in 2016
ACS Leadership Development System workshop attendees in 2016
Job seekers participated in onsite career consulting sessions in 2016
Foster the development of the most 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 a pipeline of technically competent, ethical, and competitive chemists ready to address global challenges. Through educational resources, instruction, and mentorship, ACS and its members will promote 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 to foster a scientifically literate citizenry and ensure a highly qualified chemical workforce.
Kids & Chemistry kits distributed in 2016
Economically disadvantaged high school students supported by Project SEED in 2016
in grants distributed through PRF in 2016
American Association of Chemistry Teachers were members in 2016
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.
ACS Chemistry Ambassadors in 2016
Members participated in the Legislative Action Network in 2016
People who attended Local Section outreach events in 2016
Copies of Celebrating Chemistry and Celebrando la Química distributed in 2016
VISION Vision statement expresses the desired future state when the Society has achieved its mission. A vision is concise, inspiring, motivating, energizing, core values-oriented, and futuristic by tapping into what we wish the future would be.
MISSION Mission statement asserts the Society’s and its subunits’ purpose and reason for existing as the ACS in terms of who it is, what difference it will make, what it will do, and how it will do it. It is short, clear, easily understood, and believed in by the members.
CORE VALUES Core Values are the underlying, fundamental, deeply ingrained beliefs of the Society that guide how all ACS staff and volunteers act and conduct their work to fulfill the ACS mission and vision. Core Values are the essence of the Society’s identity, support the vision, define the ACS culture, and reflect what drives ACS work.
GOALS Goals are broad, ambitious outcome statements or directional themes to be achieved to advance the ACS vision and mission. These outcome statements serve as guides for the choice of specific objectives and strategies for ACS staff and volunteers of the Society.
CHALLENGES Challenges are the identified internal weaknesses of the Society and external threats to ACS or its subunits from the Environmental Scan (EScan) of the landscape external to the Society unit in question that need to be considered in formulating goals and objectives.
OPPORTUNITIES Opportunities are possibilities identified when the Society or its subunits do an EScan of the external landscape and finds these favorable to achieving the ACS mission and goals.
OBJECTIVES Objectives explain how goals will be accomplished by describing what achievements must be completed by a specified time for goal attainment.