Panoramic view a large lake with a shore lined with trees and mountains in the backdrop at sunset.


Improving water availability and quality

  • At 3M, we strive to use technology and expertise to promote a future of “water circularity” — a future where water stress is eliminated, resources are circulated, and nature is regenerated. We work with water leaders in communities where we operate to help improve water availability and quality, with aspiration toward a net positive water impact.

    As a signatory of the UN CEO Water Mandate and a leading member of the Water Resilience Coalition, 3M’s strategy aligns with the six core focus areas outlined by the Mandate and follows UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).

Key impacts

  • We've nearly achieved our 2025 water usage goal with a reduction of more than 19%, and we continue to engage with the Water Resilience Coalition to help define net positive water impact and drive progress as a member of the leadership committee. Through this role, we're committed to accelerating solutions to global water challenges and working with others to do so. We're sharing knowledge, listening to leaders, and finding opportunities to collaborate on solutions.

    We are on schedule installing state-of-the-science water treatment technologies at some of our largest water-using locations, and we anticipate completing that work by the end of 2024.

    To achieve our 2025 goal of engaging 100% of water-stressed communities where we manufacture, we’ll partner with local communities to promote water recycling and conservation. Ultimately, we aim to help these communities build and manage their own water efforts into the future.