3M Impact team members learn farming techniques

3M Impact: Skills-Based Service Program

Improving access and education around sanitation in developing economies. Increasing traffic safety in megacities. Reducing the STEM achievement gap for students around the world. 

For some people, these are insurmountable problems. For others, they are challenges waiting to be tackled – because with creativity, collaboration and a shared sense of purpose, no problem is unsolvable. This solutions-based mindset lies at the heart of 3M’s culture and inspired our global pro bono program that empowers 3Mers to do what they do best – make an impact.

  • 3M Impact team members and their community partner discuss solutions

    How it works

    Through our 3M Impact program, conducted in partnership with PYXERA Global, diverse teams of 3Mers travel to communities around the world. There, they spend two immersive weeks collaborating with a local nonprofit organization, social enterprise, or government agency to contribute to a solution for a pressing social or environmental issue. 

    Projects are designed to make a positive economic or social impact on the local organization and community while providing an opportunity for participants to strengthen leadership skills, develop market insights, and spur innovative thinking. 3Mers globally are encouraged to apply, and are selected based on the skill sets needed to support community partners in accomplishing their project goals.
    Before and after their time on location, 3M Impact teams collaborate to create action plans that enable their partner organization to achieve long-lasting change. 

    No matter the location, whatever the challenge, the 3Mers who participate share their talents and expertise to help make a difference. 

  • “We all have the responsibility to work towards a better world,” says Juan Mendivil of 3M Mexico


    The 3M Impact program is a win-win-win for all involved. 
    • Community partners gain expertise and knowledge from 3M teams, and receive actionable plans that empower them to drive sustained improvements in their local community.
    • 3M participants experience a challenging and rewarding development opportunity that enables them to grow as leaders, build relationships with colleagues from around the globe and share their skills to make a positive difference in the world. 
    • 3M benefits from globally-minded employees who are engaged and excited to explore innovative solutions, support their communities and address challenges in new and growing markets.

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