3M Foundation forms lasting partnerships with communities worldwide and provides resources to help them succeed and grow—ensuring a more interconnected and thriving world.
In the wake of an unprecedented level of natural disasters in fall 2017, 3M established a Global Relief Fund to strategically support affected communities, and to position funds for future relief efforts.
This investment brought 3M’s disaster relief this fall to more than $3.5 million, including cash support and more than $2.1 million in product donations.
In early September, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit areas with 3M operations in Texas and Florida. 3M reacted quickly with immediate cash support and a program to match donations from 3M employees and retirees. Just weeks later, Hurricane Maria impacted Puerto Rico, where 3M has an office dedicated to sales, technical and marketing operations. In addition, multiple earthquakes have devastated areas in Mexico, and wildfires have struck the U.S. West Coast.
The Global Relief Fund investment includes:
Product donations include the following where needed: First Aid tapes and bandages; respirators; safety glasses; stethoscopes; infection prevention products; ergonomic products for industrial use; various tapes including packaging and box sealing tape, duct tape and reflective tape; earplugs; working gloves and sponges; abrasives such as sanding sponges; and 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent.
More than 7,000 registered runners pounded the pavement as we celebrated the 25th year of the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, Texas, in January 2019. Outside magazine listed it as one of "The Best Races for Running Your Fastest Time" and over the years, the marathon has grown into a well-organized race in the U.S. Around 100 3Mers were involved as either runners or volunteers. The 3M Consumer Business Group donated products for the coveted runner’s swag bag. Over its 25-year history, the 3M Half Marathon has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from 3M Foundation to local Austin nonprofits to advance STEM education. The 2019 beneficiary of a $60,000 grant was Austin Youth River Watch, a program that provides peer mentoring and environmental education to high-school students from underserved communities.
Through a partnership with SOS Children Villages of Spain, 3M helped provide more than 500 students with healthy meals.