3M Science. Applied to Life.™

3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, our integrated team of scientists and researchers works with customers to create breakthroughs. Our inventions have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Scientists, researchers and marketers work across countries and across subjects to solve challenges big and small.

  • Company History

    What was born as a small mining venture in 1902 has grown into a global scientific powerhouse. More than 113 years later, 3M has earned 100,000 patents and is part of nearly every industry in the world.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    3M values diversity in the workforce and in the global markets and communities we serve.

  • 3M Newsroom

    The Newsroom brings you the stories and images behind 3M's people and products around the world.

  • Sustainability

    See the ways 3Mers use science, technology and collaboration to overcome global challenges and improve lives.

  • 3Mgives

    Learn how we invest in the communities where we live and work.

  • 3M Design

    Discover how our global team of designers thrives on collaborative creativity to design innovative products, services and experiences.

  • Compliance & Business Conduct

    At 3M, we believe that what the company stands for is just as important as what we sell. Our Code of Conduct has helped us build a century-old tradition of operating with uncompromising honesty and integrity.

  • Research & Development

    R&D is the heartbeat of 3M. We invest about 5.8 percent of our sales back into the science that makes 3M strong.

  • Careers

    Wanted: insatiable curiosity. 3M’s work – with integrity, collaboration and innovation at its core – changes lives, homes and businesses in real ways every day. Here, you can explore your talents and reinvent your career – all with one company.

  • Investor Relations

    Driving 3M's success is the strength of our business model and the skill of our people around the world. 3M has a long history of delivering for both customers and shareholders.

  • Carlton Society

    3M applies science to life around the world. The Carlton Society is our science hall of fame, honoring the very best among our scientific community for extraordinary work as scientists and mentors.

  • 3M Ventures

    We partner with entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative companies to advance innovation by creating growth options in areas of strategic interest and leveraging the global entrepreneurial and venture community.

3M Leadership

Executive Profiles

3M’s leaders bring a variety of roles and experiences to the company. Read more about their education, experiences and philosophies on the corporate governance page.

"3M harnesses the power of science to make the world safer, more efficient and more prosperous. We use science to solve impossible challenges with our customers, and to stretch toward our vision of advancing every company, enhancing every home and improving every life."

Inge G. Thulin
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

12 Areas of Expertise

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3M’s work can be broken down into 12 areas of expertise. These include automotive, commercial solutions, communications, consumer, design and construction, electronics, energy, health care, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, safety and transportation. Read more about each of these areas below.

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