The impacts of global climate change have never been clearer. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, urban heat islands, elevated pollution levels, poor air quality, and scarce resources have underscored how urgently corporations must act to try to slow these harmful effects to both our natural and built ecosystems.
Corporations have an opportunity to embrace new circular business models — ones that are regenerative and that replenish rather than deplete natural resources. We believe it’s our responsibility to design circularity into 3M products and packaging while also enhancing the circularity of water, packaging, and waste in our own operations.
At 3M, we strive to use technology and expertise to promote a future where resources are circulated and nature is regenerated. This means developing solutions that do more with less material, advancing a global circular economy. It also means innovating to decarbonize industry, accelerate climate solutions, and improve our environmental footprint. And it means working together — with employees, customers, suppliers, governments, and communities around the world — to help drive the systemic change needed.
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For 3M’s global manufacturing operations, enhance the quality of water returned to the environment from industrial processes by 2030.3,4 Our initial focus is on implementing state-of-the-art water purification technology at the largest water use locations globally and having them fully operational by 2024
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