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Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD)

About Alliance for Chemical Distribution

ACD website

ACD Delivers. Advancing Stewardship. Creating Connections.

The Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD), established in 1971, is an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners. Member companies process, formulate, blend, re-package, warehouse, transport, and market chemical products for over 750,000 customers.

The chemical distribution industry that ACD represents is a major economic engine, employing over 80,000 people and generating nearly $7.5 billion in tax revenue for local communities across the country, all while delivering valuable products to every industry sector.

ACD Mission
To enhance and communicate the professionalism and stewardship of the chemical distribution industry.

ACD Vision
To be the premier authority for chemical distribution in the United States, to strive for excellence in its Responsible Distribution Program, to advocate sound government policies, and to promote the continuous improvement of member companies.

Profile of Membership
ACD’s nearly 450 member and affiliate companies represent more than 85% of the chemical distribution capacity in the nation and 90% of the industry’s gross revenue. They are typically small businesses, although some companies are national or international in scope. They know their products and processes and provide value-added services to their customers in a professional, responsible manner.

Products and Industries Served
Approximately $31.2 billion of U.S. chemical industry sales are through chemical distributors, who are also actively engaged in various phases of import/export trade. The industrial customers served by chemical distributors use these materials to produce products for the following industries:

  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Cosmetics/Personal Care
  • Electronics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Municipal
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Soaps & Detergents
  • Textiles
  • Other

Responsible Distribution
A member-voted condition of membership in the Association is a signed commitment to ACD Responsible Distribution®, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. Responsible Distribution requires members to continuously improve performance in protecting health, safety, security, and the environment. All member companies are committed to product stewardship and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal.


American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

About American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

AFPM website

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is the leading trade association representing the makers of the fuels that keep Americans moving and the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life. Our industries make life better, safer, healthier and — most of all — possible.

AFPM’s mission is to:

  • Advocate for public policy that benefits members, consumers, and the nation;
  • Educate policymakers, the media and the public on the value our members and their products provide our nation and the world;
  • Provide strategic business and technical information to our members; and
  • Be the most trusted voice of the petroleum refining and petrochemical sectors.

AFPM members are there when you need us – providing reliable and proven products. Every hour of every day, millions of Americans benefit from the fuels and petrochemicals made by members of AFPM.


European Petrochemical Association

European Petrochemical Association (EPCA)

About European Petrochemical Association

EPCA website

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) is the quality network in Europe for the global chemical business community. Our members, consisting of chemical producers and their suppliers, customers and service providers, turn to EPCA for reliable and up-to-date information, forward thinking, and a professional platform to stimulate new approaches and ideas.

With 48 years’ experience, EPCA acts as a service provider for its member companies.

EPCA provides platforms to meet, exchange ideas, transfer learning, and serve as a think tank for the chemical business community and its stakeholders.

EPCA initiates, runs and promotes projects of interest to the EPCA business community. These focus on topics such as chemical supply and logistics chains management and STEM Education in schools.

Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)

Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)

About Greater Seattle Business Association

GBSA website

Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and is the largest of its kind in North America. We represent over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA)

About European Petrochemical Association

Since 1948, the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) has been the voice of member companies that produce more than a quarter of the nation’s automotive lubricants and three-quarters of its metalworking fluids for customers who use their products to improve performance and increase efficiency.

Supplier Member companies are key suppliers of the independent lubricant manufacturing industry and Marketing Member companies which market and manufacture lubricants, own and operate a lubricant storage facility and maintain a finished product inventory or utilize a toll blender to do so, but which do not meet Manufacturing Member criteria.


International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT)

About International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades

IFEAT – The International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades – is a trade association founded in 1977. It represents the interests of companies involved in the production, processing, trading and manufacturing of the many thousands of ingredients used in flavours, fragrances and aromatherapy. Recent decades have witnessed rapid growth in these sectors and worldwide every country and almost every individual uses some of these ingredients. These sectors have vast turnovers, employ millions of people, and involve enterprises ranging from small family operations through to large multinationals, involved in essential oil production, aroma chemical manufacture, flavour and fragrance compounding, trading and consumer product manufacturing.

IFEAT’s current membership is over 670 companies from around 70 countries. It is managed by an Executive Committee, providing their services pro bono, and elected by members. More information on the IFEAT Committees and Committee members please refer to:

IFEAT’s principal aim is to advance and protect the members’ interests in all parts of the world through various activities. These include international collaboration between members and other national and international organisations, funding research and education programmes, the encouragement of good practices, the dissemination of information and the provision of forums for discussion.

A major activity is IFEAT’s annual international conference, which has developed into the most important annual meeting of all stakeholders involved in the sectors, affording incomparable business and social contact opportunities. Other activities include:

  • Study tours undertaken in a different country each year
  • Support to flavour and fragrance courses provided at the University of
  • Reading and ICATS and sponsorship of students attending ISEO and WOCMAP meetings
  • Support for research relevant activities, often involving collaborative projects with other organisations
  • Regular publications: annual conference proceedings, a quarterly newsletter (IFEATWORLD), socio-economic reports on specific naturals, and study tour books
  • A conciliation service
National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI)

National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI)

About the National Lubricating Grease Institute

NLGI website

NLGI is a not-for-profit trade association, primarily composed of companies who manufacture and market all types of lubricating grease. Membership is by company rather than by individual. Associated with the manufacturers are companies who serve them with equipment, supplies, and services. Additionally, there are research and educational groups and member companies whose interests are primarily technical. Another category for membership “Consumer” is for organizations that are users of lubricating grease. The Institute thus works continuously to strengthen its association by rendering service to the end-user of grease as well as those on the manufacturing side.

It is the Mission of NLGI to provide resources relevant to the needs of the global grease community.

NLGI’s Vision is to be recognized as the premier source of support to consumers, researchers, manufacturers, suppliers, marketers and other key stakeholders of the worldwide lubricating grease industry.

Northwest Chemical Association

Northwest Chemical Association (NWCA)

About Northwest Chemical Association

The NWCA is a not-for-profit trade association of companies that are involved in the safe and responsible production, distribution and use of industrial chemicals in the Pacific Northwest.

NWCA is a long standing organization that takes pride in supporting the industry, encouraging the responsible care of our natural resources and fostering educational opportunities through membership.

Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC)

About Society of Cosmetic Chemists

SCCS website

As a professional association in the cosmetics and personal care industry, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), founded in 1945, represents nearly 6,000 members globally. The SCC serves as a focus and provides the proper forums for the exchange of ideas and new developments in cosmetic research and technology. With that said, diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of who we are as an organization. We are committed to advancing, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging because a successful community of industry professionals working together to promote science, innovation, and education is our mission.

We are strengthened by the varied identities, experiences, cultures, and perspectives of our leadership, employees and members. The Society of Cosmetic Chemists is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is shown respect and dignity, and opportunities for engagement and participation are available regardless of age, appearance, ethnicity, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, professional level, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists pledges to:

Stand against racism, intolerance, and discrimination.
Speak up and address bias wherever we see it, whether conscious or unconscious.
Foster open, candid, and constructive dialogue.
Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion as a primary and essential business function.
Be an environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.


The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC)

About The Adhesive and Sealant Council

ASC website

ASC delivers career education, innovation collaboration, community knowledge sharing and a unified industry voice. Together, we accelerate the adoption of adhesives and sealants to strengthen our member businesses.


ASC supports its Mission and achieves its Vision through three strategic priorities (listed below) and ten strategic objectives summarized in the Long Range Plan 2024 document on this page.

Advocacy – Give voice and representation to the adhesive and sealant industry.

End User Engagement – Engage end user stakeholders to create synergies that advance ASC’s mission and vision.

Sustainability – Insights, partnerships and initiatives to advance and support sustainability efforts on behalf of members and the industry.

Women In Chemicals

Women in Chemicals

About Women in Chemicals

Women in Chemicals Mission
Our mission at Women in Chemicals is to empower women in the chemical industry. However, our community facilitates so much more. In what is still a heavily male dominated industry, we recognized a gap for an authentic and support-centric network for women. We wanted to create a community to combine our respective super powers to connect, collaborate, share expertise, and continue blasting through the glass ceiling.

Bringing Women Together
Women in Chemicals is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to create and identify opportunities to empower women in the chemical industry. Through our programs and initiatives, we are connecting women in the chemical industry spanning functions including Leadership, Procurement, Sales, Supply Chain, Strategy, R&D. Our community comes from end users, distributors, manufacturers and service providers from Fortune 500s, family-owned businesses, and everything in between.

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Women in Manufacturing

Women in Manufacturing (WiM)

About Women in Manufacturing

As a Corporate member of WiM, our organization participates in training programs and events to share information, ideas and experiences with other successful women at major corporations throughout the U.S. We are proud to support WiM!

Women in Manufacturing website

Over the course of the last decade, WiM has grown to be the only national and global trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. At present, more than 26,000 individual members representing more than 2,800 manufacturing companies have joined our growing ranks of industry professionals from 50 U.S. states and from 50 countries. WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Membership is available to women and men working within or with the manufacturing sector. WiM presently powers year-round virtual learning, bi-annual virtual career fairs, executive networking group services, a robust job board called WiMWorks, 20 meetings and conferences annually, 32 local U.S. chapters and 3 formal professional development programs.

Membership within WiM gives individuals and organizations the ability to establish meaningful connections with peers, gain valuable industry insight and education, improve leadership and essential skills, as well as participate in partner programs and WiM virtual, local and national events.

WiM Mission:

The Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) works to empower women workers and strengthen the manufacturing sector. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, WiM is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women who have chosen careers in the manufacturing industry.


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