Who is Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD)?

About ACD


Chemicals and chemical products contribute to improvements in well-being, safety, comfort, and convenience in every facet of our daily lives. Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD) partners with our more than 400 chemical distribution industry members to provide the Education, Connection, Standards, and Advocacy they need to safely, reliably, responsibly, and sustainably move the essential products our world depends on.

Our Mission

To promote excellence among the experts the world depends on to safely and reliably process, formulate, repackage, warehouse, transport, and market the high-quality chemical products essential to our daily lives. 

Our Vision

To support and champion members of the chemical industry through education, connections, standards, and advocacy.


Products to Every Industry Sector

The chemical distribution industry employs approximately 20,000 people directly and more than 75,000 people indirectly with an average wage of more than $82,000. Companies engaging in chemical distribution have a total direct economic impact of more than $27 billion.

Chemical distribution companies formulate, blend, repackage, warehouse, transport, and market the chemical products produced by large-quantity manufacturers to 750,000 end users in nearly every industry sector, including:

  • Aerospace and transportation
  • Cosmetics, detergents, and fragrances
  • Electronics, automotive, plastics, and steel
  • Hospitals, research, and health care
  • Paints and coatings, energy, and metal finishing
  • Pharmaceuticals and food ingredients
  • Water treatment, pulp, paper
  • And many more.

Ready to be a part of this esteemed group of companies? Join our network today!


Key Benefits

  • Education: ACD curates and shares essential industry news and information. We highlight our members, showcasing how they navigate the ever-changing complexities of moving essential chemicals around the nation and the globe.
  • Connection: ACD turns competitors into business partners, mentors, and collaborators with best-in class meetings and programs.
  • Standards: ACD members are committed to safety and sustainability, and ACD’s Responsible Distribution codifies the standards that ensure chemicals are moved safely and responsibly when and where they are needed.
  • Advocacy: ACD provides members a united voice, helping experts reach policymakers and regulators on critical issues facing the industry.


ACD Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

The Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community where there are equal opportunities for all. Our commitment to this work is central to our mission of enhancing the professionalism and stewardship of the chemical distribution industry. We know that fostering an equitable and empowered community is the best way to move our industry forward. ACD does not discriminate or tolerate any actual or perceived discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. Our organization is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

ACD's professional conduct and harassment policy can be found here.

ACD's antitrust guidelines can be found here.

Learn more about how ACD supports DEIA in the Chemical Distribution Industry.




Chemical Educational Foundation

CEF was founded by the Alliance for Chemical Distribution in 1989. Since becoming a distinct entity in 1997, CEF continues its strong relationship with ACD members who see the growing need for a skilled, qualified workforce. CEF’s circle of supporters now also includes consumer product corporations and a range of STEM and science-related businesses that are U.S. and global leaders.

CEF inspires students, engages educators, and strengthens communities to build the future STEM workforce. When it comes to preparing the STEM workforce – those industries relying on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – often the focus is on students in high school and post-secondary education. But the truth is, if students aren’t inspired by science when they are young – as early as five years old – it gets increasingly harder to engage them in learning and ultimately, enter careers in STEM industries. CEF’s programs uniquely connect business and education in local communities to reach students early in life and ignite a passion for chemistry and science-related careers.


International Allies


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