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Environmental

  • The global economy is at a crossroads

    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.  


  • Designing solutions that do more with less

    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.


Our environmental goals

Science for Circular

  • Require a Sustainability Value Commitment (SVC) for every new product1

  • Reduce manufacturing waste by an additional 10%, indexed to sales, by 2025

  • Achieve zero landfill status at more than 30% of manufacturing sites by 2025

  • Reduce global water usage by the following amounts: 10% by 2022, 20% by 2025, and 25% by 2030, indexed to sales2

  • 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

  • Engage 100% of water-stressed/scarce communities where 3M manufactures on communitywide approaches to water management by 2025

  • Reduce dependence on virgin, fossil- based plastic by 125 million pounds by the end of 20255

  • Drive supply chain sustainability through targeted raw material traceability and supplier performance assurance by 2025


Science for Climate

  • Help our customers reduce their GHGs by 250 million tons of CO₂ equivalent emissions through the use of 3M products by 2025

  • Improve energy efficiency, indexed to net sales, by 30% by 2025

  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 market-based GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040, and achieve carbon neutrality in our operations by 20506

  • Increase renewable energy to 50% of total electricity use by 2025 and to 100% by 2050

  1. For projects passing a ‘gate’ in our new product commercialization process; an SVC describes how the product drives positive impact for our stakeholders in alignment with our Strategic Sustainability Framework.
  2. Expands our previous commitment, which aimed to reduce water use by 10% between 2015 and 2025. 2019 is the baseline measurement year.
  3. By improving the weighted average of priority constituents, including select metals, BOD, COD, cyanide compounds, fluoride, total nitrogen, oil & grease, PFAS, TDS, TSS, sulfate, and others.
  4. Water used by manufacturing or industrial processes, including all water use not defined as domestic (sanitary, cafeteria, etc.).
  5. Established in 2021.
  6. Expands our previous 2025 goal to stay below 50% of our 2002 baseline, meaning 3M’s 2030 Scope 1 and 2 emissions will now be reduced by more than 85% from 2002 levels. 2019 is the baseline measurement year.

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