3M Sustainability - improving lives
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Sustainability built into what we make

Learn more about how 3M’s diverse global products are helping drive change for the greater good.

Sustainability at 3M

The world faces tremendous challenges in this time of unprecedented change. Science will play a critical role in ensuring a resilient future where everyone can thrive. At 3M, science is at the heart of what we do. We collaborate with our customers, governments and communities to solve shared global problems. Our commitment to Sustainability drives our purpose-driven innovation that improves every life and we are always trying to do more. We are committing to use the power of our science to accelerate a circular economy and improve the climate, to do more with less material and inspire others to join us. Learn more about how we are making a difference in our 2018 Sustainability Report.


A message from our CEO

  • Inge Thulin CEO

    "At 3M we apply science to solve customer problems, reduce environmental impact, and improve the lives of people around the world. As a purpose-driven enterprise, we are committed to working with our customers, business partners, and communities to innovate for a more sustainable future."

    Mike Roman
    Chief Executive Officer, 3M

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Our Strategy

Our ambition: Apply science to improve every life

  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Circular

    Science for Circular

    Design solutions that do more with less material, advancing a global circular economy.

  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Climate

    Science for Climate

    Innovate to decarbonize industry, accelerate global climate solutions and improve our environmental footprint.


  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Community

    Science for Community

    Create a more positive world through science, and inspire people to join us.


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3M Sustainability Commitments

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 greenhouse gas emissions by 57% to using less water and releasing fewer pollutants, our sustainability efforts are paying off. Read more.

Featured Products


  • 3M™ Smog-reducing Granules

    Specialty-coated granules are designed into roofing shingles to help remove smog pollutants and improve air quality.

  • Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scour Pad

    With 50% of the scrubbing fibers made from the agave plant, it’s a choice you can feel good about.

  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II

    Blast through more tough jobs, without breaking a sweat and without changing wheels!

  • 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

    Advanced clean agent fire protection – created for life.

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