Science Applied to Life. Every Life.

We are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life.

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Science Applied to Life. Every Life.

We are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life.

See how
Science Applied to Life. Every Life.

We are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life.

See how

Sustainability at 3M

Sustaining our planet, and our business, means protecting natural resources and empowering individuals and communities throughout the world to encourage progress. It means balancing economic, environmental and social factors while addressing global challenges. And above all else, it means uniting under a common goal: improve every life.


Global Challenges Stories

 

  • 3M™ Void Fillers, 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Paste Adhesives and Light-Weight Polysulfide Sealants reduce aircraft weight, maximizing efficiency, minimizing costs and enhancing sustainability.

    Subtraction adds up.
  • 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids use less energy to cool hardware (95% less, to be exact) and enable you to fit hardware components more tightly.

    How less creates more in hardware cooling
  • 3M™ Passive Optical LAN Solutions are a fiber-to-the-desktop solution helping network installers and building owners realize up to 70% CAPEX, 80% OPEX, and 90% space savings.

    Imagine more network performance using less.
  • Using aluminum composite for the conductor core of a power line means you can carry twice the electrical power at half the weight—without disrupting existing infrastructure.

    More power, less disruption.

Global Challenges Stories

 


Our Strategy

 

  • Our sustainability goal is to support individual growth worldwide while driving a growing business. This means addressing global challenges, like energy availability and security, raw material scarcity, human health and safety, education and development, while keeping our vision for growth in mind.

    • 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
    • 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
    • 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

    Like many organizations, we strive to balance the three key pillars of sustainability:

    • Economic Success: Develop differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to sustainability challenges.
    • Environmental Protection: Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges.
    • Social Responsibility: Host ongoing conversations with key stakeholders to continually improve our sustainability practices.

    Learn more about how we’re addressing global challenges.


Goals and Progress

 

  • The only thing we like better than a great idea is great results. When it comes to sustainability, excellence lies in the evidence. From cutting green house gas reductions by 57% to using less water and releasing fewer pollutants, our sustainability efforts are paying off. Read more.


Message from Our Chairman

 

  • Since 1902, 3M has been improving lives. Social and environmental stewardship is central to who we are and is embedded throughout our vision:

    • 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
    • 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
    • 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

    With operations in more than 70 countries — and 55,000 products sold across nearly 200 countries — we are intricately woven into the global economy and deeply invested in humanity. No one is ever far from a 3M product, which empowers us to make a difference city by city, village by village and person by person.

    Rapid communication advances are quickly merging our world into a global community with shared values. Together, we face uncertainties surrounding energy availability and climate change, water quality and availability, raw material scarcity, education, development, and human health and safety.

    It’s clear that these global dynamics are challenging the sustainable growth of future generations, which is why 3M is using its greatest assets — ideas and innovation — to address these challenges.

    With industries ranging from healthcare to electronics to automotive, we invent technologies that make daily life easier, safer and more fulfilling. Some of the recent ways in which we’ve applied our ideas and innovation for a more sustainable future include the following:

     

    • In 2014, for our worldwide energy-conservation efforts, we earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® award. This was the 10th consecutive year 3M received the honor, an industry first. We were also, again, listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – a credit we’ve had since its inception in 1999.
       
    • We have developed and launched an increasing number of sustainability-focused products, including energy-efficient films for tablets, Post-it® Greener Notes, air-barrier building solutions, Envision® graphics films, 360 Encompass™ health information system, and an energy-saving, award-winning LED technology.
       
    • The continued success of our Pollution Prevention Pays program, which has prevented nearly 2 million tons of air, water and waste pollution, and the reduction of our global greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent from 2002 to 2013 on an absolute basis (even as the company sales grew 30 percent over the same period of time).
       
    • Ongoing support to protect and restore vital ecosystems around the world. By working with partners such as The Nature Conservancy, the 3M Foundation has provided more than $21 million to preserve more than 1 million acres.
       
    • More than $61.6 million in global cash and in-kind product donations in 2013.
       
    • In early 2014, we joined the United Nations Global Compact. While 3M has always acted in accordance with the core values represented by the Compact, we are proud to formalize our commitment to its 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environmental and anti-corruption and to grow our partnership with the organization.

    As we celebrate our accomplishments, we recognize the magnitude of the global challenges we are all looking to address. This will not be easy, and it will require shifts in how we operate, how we make long-term decisions and how we collaborate. But we firmly believe that, by working with our customers and partners, and by empowering people to exercise their own creativity and passion, we can drive the transformational changes necessary for the success of both business and society.

    3Mers are a committed team, 89,500 strong, poised to help create a more sustainable future. We intend to do this by designing products that support our customers’ sustainability efforts, embedding sustainable practices across our supply chain, and, perhaps most importantly, joining together with a shared purpose.

    I am proud to be a 3Mer committed to this effort and excited about the role 3M can play in helping everyone, everywhere, live a better life.

    Inge G. Thulin
    Chairman, President and CEO


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