The American Consumer Council's (ACC) was established in 1987. Its
mission is to educate consumers on the purchase of safe, reliable
products and services, to serve as a voice for consumer advocacy and
economic wellness in the United States, to educate consumers in the area
of financial literacy and to recognize companies for their environmental
stewardship and corporate social responsibility.
ACC’s origins began in 1985 with the formation of the California Consumer Council. In 1987, ACC became a separate entity and, shortly thereafter, ACC was established as its own nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(C)(3) foundation registered in the State of California.
ACC fulfills its mission in three ways. First, ACC is a pro-active consumer education organization and helps consumers purchase and use safe, reliable products/services. Secondly, ACC partners with several nonprofit credit unions across America to educate consumers on financial literacy and promote economic security for our members. Through credit unions, ACC has been able to reach hundreds of thousands of consumers and encourage them to become consumer advocates, environmental stewards and financially responsible.
ACC’s financial literacy program is consistently rated as one of the most popular financial literacy programs by educators and high school students. Thirdly, ACC supports a network of 46 state and regional consumer councils across the United States. Through our state consumer councils, we champion local consumer issues. ACC also recognizes deserving companies and organizations with the Friend of the Consumer Award.
ACC recruits members who care about consumerism and encourages its members to make sound purchasing decisions from consumer-friendly companies and American-based businesses. We communicate with our members on a regular basis through our conferences, education and training programs, and our two newsletters – Consumer News & Views and the Voice of the Consumer.
ACC is not a consumer hotline, consumer-complaint bureau, or government regulatory organization. ACC has adopted a more proactive approach with companies and organizations that provide products/services to consumers. Our approach is to recognize and promote popular products/services based on consumer acceptance, reliability and a proven track record of performance. By encouraging consumers to support those companies that manufacture and sell safe, reliable products/services, ACC believes it can give these companies a competitive edge and, in turn, challenge their competitors to improve their performance and reliability standards. ACC believes that in the long-term this approach is more effective than lawsuits, complaints, and additional regulation.
How ACC Benefits American Consumers