A sense of purpose is at the heart of how we approach every business, every idea, every product, every life, and every community we touch. It is the foundation of all that follows. Reflecting our core purpose, 3M employees are empowered and encouraged to pursue purpose-driven innovation.
Working in a highly collaborative environment, our scientists use 46 core technology platforms, ranging from adhesives and abrasives, to sensors and electronics materials. They leverage these technologies to invent unique, customer-inspired products that are marketed through our five business groups.
Sustainability also permeates our culture. It is formally included in our leadership behaviors and our annual performance review process. What’s more, employees are educated and encouraged to “think sustainably”— at home, at work and everywhere in between. Improving lives and making the world a better place is more than a frequent conversation, it’s become an expectation.
It’s even become a selling point for current and potential 3M employees. Research has shown that Sustainability, and “making a difference in the world,” is one of the top areas of interest for 3M employees. We consider it a critical part of current employee retention, but also part of our brand for attracting new employees. It sends a compelling message to both groups, particularly when 3M is a company uniquely positioned to change the world.
3M’s actions are guided by our corporate Vision and values of uncompromising honesty and integrity. We are proud to be recognized worldwide as an ethical and law-abiding company. As a company, we are committed to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic success.
Our Vision helps define what we do, how we do it, and where we do it. At the same time, it establishes a stretch goal for all employees at 3M. And it captures what differentiates us from competitors as an enterprise. It is ambitious. Aspirational. And attainable. Not just because of what we do, but because of how we do it.
What we do and have done for more than 115 years is advancing, enhancing, and improving. How we have done it, and continue to do it, is through technologies, products, and innovation. Where we do it is for every company, in every home, and for every life all-around the world.
In short, this Vision serves as a daily reminder to all of us of what the 3M brand stands for.
3M helps build sustainable communities through strategic investments, business expertise, and the thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide, who volunteer and leverage their skills and experience to make a difference. 3Mgives strategy focuses on three important areas:
Education: 3M empowers the next generation of scientists and engineers through investments in initiatives that increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and business, to help build a diverse pipeline of global talent.
Community: 3M enhances community vibrancy by assuring access to basic needs, preparing youth for life-long success, increasing access to quality and diverse arts opportunities, and contributing to global humanitarian relief efforts.
Environment: 3M invests in programs promoting Sustainability and environmental stewardship in the communities where 3M employees live and work.
Stakeholder engagement can help guide companies on doing business the right way. It can also have a direct impact on a company’s financial success (sales, share price and investments), on its operations, and on its reputation. 3M has created a robust, stakeholder-driven approach to Sustainability materiality that serves as a foundation for our Sustainability strategy and reporting. Through understanding critical Sustainability issues from both internal and external perspectives, 3M can strengthen its social license to operate and develop corporate strategy, goals, targets, programs, initiatives, and a stakeholder engagement strategy to advance Sustainability globally.
It is through collaboration and partnerships that 3M can accelerate Sustainability in our company and in the world. We value our partnerships with numerous stakeholders as a way to not only address our Sustainability issues, but to help our partners address their Sustainability challenges.
At 3M, we foster an inclusive environment where employees feel safe, engaged, and free to create and innovate. Our diversity and inclusion strategies are inextricably linked to our corporate strategies.
The way we look at it, a diverse, global workforce— people with different experience, ethnicity, age, gender, faith, sexual orientation, personalities, styles, and ways of thinking—helps us relate more closely to the needs of all 3M customers, suppliers, and channel partners around the world.
Just as important, it’s the right thing to do. Diversity and inclusion are about creating intellectual and emotional oxygen for all people to flourish and feel comfortable to collaborate, agree, disagree, and respectfully exchange, learn, and create.
A sense of purpose is at the heart of how we approach every business, every idea, every product, every life and every community we touch. It is the foundation of all that follows.