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Using science to improve lives around the world

  • Leveraging science, innovation, and collaboration, 3M helps solve global challenges like climate change, public health and safety, health care inequality, and other inequities in communities around the world.

    We recognize the importance of equal access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Equitable opportunities in STEM lead to stronger communities, a stronger 3M, and a brighter collective future. We also commit to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and environmental justice within our company and communities. Together with our partners, we will advance an equitable and sustainable future for all.

We lead with culture

  • At 3M, we want our 92,000 employees to focus on making an impact on the world and feel empowered to bring innovation into their work. As we build 3M for the future, strengthening our culture is a top priority.

    Building and nurturing meaningful connections inside of 3M as well as with our local communities is fundamental to our sustainability strategy. We listen to and engage with communities to understand and identify ways to maximize our impact.

    Our Equity & Community organization supports our goals and commitments to advance equity in our work environments, business practices, and communities globally.

Our social goals

Science for Community

  • Invest $50 million to address racial opportunity gaps in the U.S. through workforce development and STEM education initiatives by the end of 20251

  • Double the pipeline of diverse talent in management globally to build a diverse workforce by 20302

  • Double the representation of underrepresented groups from entry-level through management in our U.S. workforce.3,4,5

  • Double the representation of underrepresented groups in management positions in our U.S. workforce3,4,5

  • Advance economic equity by creating 5 million unique STEM and skilled trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 20256

  • Provide training to 5 million people globally on worker and patient safety by 2025

  • Invest cash and products for education, community, and environmental programs by 2025

  • Maintain or achieve 100% pay equity globally3

  • Provide 300,000 work hours of skills-based volunteerism by 3M employees to improve lives and help solve society’s toughest challenges by the end of 20257

  1. Established in 2021.
  2. In 2021, 3M updated the goal maturity date to 2030 from 2025. See 3M’s 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report (PDF, 2.2 MB) for more details.
  3. Established in 2020 to drive trend and trajectory progress over time.
  4. 2020 is the baseline measurement year.
  5. Underrepresented groups in our 3M U.S. workforce include Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino employees.
  6. 2021 is the baseline measurement year. 3M defines underrepresented individuals in the U.S. using National Science Foundation research. For global definitions, we rely on gender diversity and local context for marginalized populations.
  7. Goal was initiated in 2019. Skills-based volunteering is primarily delivered through the 3M Impact program.

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