3M employees share the same passion: helping make a difference in the world through science.
Through strategic investments and the thoughtful involvement of 3M businesses and sites, employees worldwide volunteer and leverage their skills and experience to make a difference in the world. In this way, we can combine 3M employee expertise with our products, technologies, and philanthropy to amplify our social impact. 3M and 3M Foundation develop and implement strategies and partnerships with leading community organizations committed to equitable outcomes in our community.
Active listening and engagement are the first steps to understanding and managing our impacts on local communities, as well as, helping identify opportunities to support them in their needs. Our community relations organization, 3Mgives, is committed to empowering our people through philanthropy programs and skills-based service initiatives. We focus on advancing equity in STEM and advanced manufacturing fields.
We also recognize the need to support marginalized families with basic needs and services to thrive in their local community — so we dedicate a portion of our giving to hometown priority issues led by site leaders globally.
Invest $50 million to address racial opportunity gaps in the U.S. through workforce development and STEM education initiatives by 20251
Advance economic equity by creating five million unique STEM and skilled trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 20252
Invest cash and products for education, community, and environmental programs by 2025
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 2025
Provide training to five million people globally on worker and patient safety by 2025
3M has invested more than $20 million in incremental cash philanthropy since the start of the pandemic to support health care workers and other vulnerable populations. Investing in the public health of our communities also mean investing in in our own manufacturing and technical capabilities for critical products that help support the fight against COVID-19.
Learn more about how 3M is helping in the fight against COVID-19.
We invested a total of $12 million as part of our $50 million incremental giving commitment over five years. Highlights include:
3M is building our global teams’ expertise on environmental justice and our responsibilities as an organization in contributing to it – aiming to create a new global environmental justice program, using science to improve lives and equity for all people, and collaborate with the communities where we work and live. Learn more in our 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report (PDF, 2.23 MB).
Science Encouragement Programs (SEP) connect students with 3M scientists and engineers to inspire them to pursue careers in science. Our global priority programs include:
In addition, 3M leaders around the world actively promote STEM programs for underserved populations in their community – including through FIRST® Robotics sponsorships and other locally relevant initiatives. For example, in Singapore, 3M employees led a STEM education program for underprivileged students ages 7–12 with the Science Centre Singapore (SCS).