3Mgives 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.
The annual 3M Half Marathon in Austin, Texas, set a record with 6,500 runners. The nonprofit, Girlstart, received $50,000 from 3Mgives in conjunction with the race. Girlstart’s programs work to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM fields.
Through a partnership with SOS Children Villages of Spain, 3M helped provide more than 500 students with healthy meals.