Our Mission. Established in 1987, our mission is three-fold.
First as a non-profit, member-driven consumer education organization, we
educate and guide consumers when purchasing safe, reliable and durable
products and services. We achieve this mission through a series of
educational workshops, newsletters, conferences, and other
communications with our consumer-members to ensure they are
well-informed and protected.
Secondly, we are a consumer advocacy organization. We strive to ensure
that all major consumer products and services meet customer
expectations. In those instances when a company or industry fails
consumers or produces an inferior product/service that is harmful to
consumers or the environment, we will bring the full force of our
economic muscle and media relations to persuade the public not to
support under-performing companies or their products. In this era of
social networking, the Internet, and rapid global communication, our
approach to enforcing high consumer standards has proven to be extremely
effective. Over the past 20 years, our efforts have contributed to
better consumer and environmental legislation, safer products, product
recalls, food contamination alerts, and health bulletins warning
consumers to be careful in their use of certain drugs or medications.
Thirdly, we recognize companies and businesses for their commitment to
the environment and Corporate Social Responsibility through our Green C
Certification program. We also sponsor the “Friend of the Consumer”
Award which recognizes outstanding businesses and consumer-friendly
companies. We also serve as a voice for economic wellness in the United
States since our 85,000+ members benefit from a strong, robust state and
Who Can Join? Any individual or small business employing fewer
than 250 employees may become a member of the American Consumer Council
or our state consumer councils. To join, please
CLICK HERE and complete our simple
membership application. Every member receives a membership certificate
and important updates on timely consumer issues.
Credit Unions. We are also proud of our relationship with those
credit unions that are sponsoring members. As a member, you also become
eligible to join one of our outstanding credit unions. Credit Unions are
non-profit, member-owned financial institutions that serve the needs of
their local community and are committed to helping members with their
financial needs. Credit Unions offer you a safe, reliable place to
invest your money, obtain low interest loans on autos, homes, college
tuition, and other important consumer needs. Also, in partnership with
credit unions, we are able to educate consumers on financial literacy
topics, planning for the future, and economic wellness.
Communicating with our Members. We communicate with our members
through regular updates to our websites, timely communication from the
credit union you join as a member, and our quarterly Voice of the
The American Consumer Council is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.
Under its bylaws, ACC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of
individuals from its membership who are elected to three-year terms. ACC
is managed by a professional staff based in San Diego, CA.
As a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, the American Consumer
Council values and respects its members’ personal data and information.
The American Consumer Council (ACC) will not sell, share or
distribute its membership data to any individual, company or
organization without the consent of its members. From time to time, ACC
will correspond with its members and prospective members via emails and
USPS by sending them relevant information and materials relating to
important consumer issues, ACC’s annual meeting, notices from our
sponsoring member credit unions and special offers from our corporate
sponsors. Any member may elect to discontinue receiving such
communications from ACC at any time.