As part of our overall sustainability efforts, we have had a long-standing commitment to responsible forest management. We source forest products from suppliers who we believe share our values and are equally committed to protecting forest areas. As a diverse global company and sustainability leader, 3M is well-positioned to positively influence practices throughout our forest products supply chain. Because we do not own or manage forest land, we developed our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in 2015 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply, and in 2022, expanded it into the 3M Forest Products Sourcing Policy.
The 3M Forest Products Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our wood based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be fully traced to each actor in the supply chain all the way back to the forest source, is proven to be obtained legally, and is protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Certification: 3M expects our suppliers to know the forest certification status of the material they purchase and of the entities in their supply chain, and to disclose certification information to us upon request. 3M’s policy expectations and guidelines are consistent with many forest certification standards, but our Policy does not require certification. Certification in and of itself is not the objective of our Policy, but it is one useful tool to help verify what is happening on the ground. Please refer to the Forest Products Sourcing section of our Supplier Direct site for more on how we believe our Policy compares to the major global forestry certification schemes.
Many suppliers need to go through several layers of their supply chain to get more information on source of harvest. Depending on factors such as location and language barriers, their position in the supply chain, and current knowledge of their upstream operations, this can be a challenging and lengthy process. We have discussions with our suppliers to educate them on the importance of responsible sourcing and forestry practices and understanding their supply chains, as well as setting reasonable goals. These discussions have led to stronger partnerships, engagement, and responses.
With the help of Earthworm Foundation (EF), we have conducted field assessments across all regions, covering millions of hectares. Some of those assessments reviewed Tier 2 pulp mills and were also attended by a Tier 1 supplier.
In addition to field assessments, 3M evaluates supplier conformance through a Policy Scorecard process. 3M’s participation in supplier field assessments along with detailed evaluations of a supplier’s overall conformance to our policy, enables us to participate actively in developing solutions and advancing conversations about responsible sourcing and sustainable forestry.
3M works together with various partners, including EF and American Forest Foundation (AFF), as well as through our supply chains, to enhance responsible forestry via various on-the ground projects. The supply chain information that we receive from our suppliers is used to help us assess risk, prioritize further supplier engagement, and determine where we conduct field and landscape assessments, as well as engage in transformation projects.
— Director of Corporate Sourcing
global spend engaged
spend fully traceable to forest source
million hectares assessed
million hectares in transformation projects