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).
3M has taken action to decrease total water consumption by 52.8% between 2005 and 2022 indexed to corporate-wide net sales.
Reduce global water usage by the following amounts: 10% by 2022, 20% by 2025, and 25% by 2030, indexed to sales1
For 3M’s global manufacturing operations, enhance the quality of water returned to the environment from industrial processes by 2030.2,3 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
We tracked and reported global water usage data for manufacturing sites that produce more than 4.54 metric tons (10,000 pounds) of product per year. Advances in our data analytics capabilities are expanding visibility, accuracy, and opportunity for innovation in our monitoring and measurement efforts.
We’re ahead of our 2022 water usage goal with a reduction of more than 10%, and we continue to engage with the Water Resilience Coalition to help define net water positive and drive progress as a member of the leadership committee.