Diversity and Inclusion

IUPAC, committed to embrace and promote diversity and inclusion

IUPAC is the global community of chemists that promotes chemistry worldwide, and because of that we value and promote diversity and inclusion, which are at the centre of our vision, mission and core values, as embodied in our strategic plan. We are strongly committed to embracing and promoting transparency, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for all.
Chemistry is all about diversity: each new bond, each additional group makes the whole richer and stronger. We invite all chemists and chemical organizations to endorse and embrace our vision and mission to:

• Serve all humankind, specially the most vulnerable, by advancing chemistry worldwide
• View scientific excellence and objectivity as the cornerstone of all our work, but being aware of our biases and unconscious prejudices and favouritisms
• Promote equal opportunities for all and act against all kinds of discrimination
• Value collaboration and communication among all
• Strive for diversity and inclusiveness in all forms
• Respect each other, regardless of their views or beliefs
• Uphold the highest standards of transparent, responsible and ethical behaviour

Jan 2022 update – In August 2021, the 51st Council of IUPAC approved the formation of a Standing Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CEDEI). See <https://iupac.org/body/060>

Nov 2023 update – IUPAC approved a project to coordinate a special issue in Chemistry Teacher International presenting a number of good practices in the teaching of ethics and core values in chemistry.

… of related interest …

Gender Gap project
Gender Equality project
Global Women’s Breakfast
Distinguished Women Award


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