Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Advisory Board and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect (DEIR)
The American Chemical Society aspires to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and respectful community of highly skilled chemical professionals.
We encourage inclusivity and oppose discrimination in scientific learning and practice based on - but not limited to - race, religion, country or ethnic origin, citizenship, language, political opinion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and economic class in academic, industrial, and government workplaces. The Society believes that an enduring commitment to diversity enables excellence, innovation, and transformative action in current and future generations of chemical professionals.
As a global scientific society, we affirm the international principles that the responsible practice of science, free from discrimination in all of its forms, is fundamental to scientific advancement and human wellbeing, as outlined by the International Council for Science’s (ICSU) Statute 51.
We also affirm our commitment to a scientific environment that facilitates the execution and communication of scientific work with integrity, fairness, and transparency at all organizational levels. This extends to our general scientific endeavors—including our professional interactions and engagement with other scientists, trainees, and the general public. We recognize that harm to our profession, our scientific credibility, individual wellbeing, and society at large is caused by not doing so.
To this end, the Society will implement the principles of diversity, inclusivity, and equity within ACS leadership and membership to build a community across the chemical enterprise. We are committed to quantifying and monitoring our diversity.
ACS Meeting Volunteer and Participant Code of Conduct Policy
The mission and vision of the American Chemical Society ("ACS") is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people, as well as to improve all people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. As one of the world’s largest scientific organizations, ACS is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, respectful, positive, and welcoming environment for all participants at every event, whether in-person or online.
This Volunteer and Participant Code of Conduct Policy outlines ACS’ expectations for all ACS members and participants at in-person and virtual events and activities, including but not limited to seminars, symposia, trainings and courses, mixers, meetings, programs, and gatherings that are organized, hosted, planned, or managed in whole or in part by ACS or its units (“ACS Hosted Events”). Participants, including but not limited to, those engaging with ACS as members, officers, affiliates, associates, volunteers, attendees, exhibitors, partners, speakers, and service providers (“Participants”), are expected to communicate and abide by this policy at all times.
Please note, for privacy reasons, the Participant filing the initial report may not be informed of certain details related to the investigation or the precise nature of the action taken by ACS.
Any Participant who, in good faith, reports a violation of this policy shall not be subject to retaliation. Any Participant who retaliates against someone who has reported a concern in good faith is subject to an investigation and disciplinary actions as appropriate, including by the Board of Directors, or in the case of Councilor conduct, by the Council Policy Committee.