Chemistry is everywhere. It is in our everyday consumer products. At the same time, it lies at the heart of some of the world’s present-day concerns. Driven by the potential consequences of climate change and sustainability concerns, government, industry as well as scientists want society to head to a better future. Since 2016, the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) has been bringing industry and academia together in a distinctive arrangement. Sharing a common vision of sustainability, our new generation of scientific talent aims to build the chemistry for the future.