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Human rights

We respect human rights

  • Respect for human rights is deeply ingrained in 3M’s culture. Within our own business, our approach to managing and protecting human rights is guided by the 3M Code of Conduct, which recognizes the right of 3M workers to a respectful work environment.

    Our Human Rights Policy applies to all 3M employees, contingent and contract workers, candidates for hire at 3M, anyone doing business with or on behalf of 3M, and others acting on 3M’s behalf.

    3M supports several external human rights charters, including:

    • United Nations Global Compact
    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • European Convention on Human Rights
    • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    • International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
    • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
    • United Nations Convention Against Corruption


    Further, the 3M Code of Conduct and its underlying principles require compliance with all applicable laws and respect for internationally recognized human rights in all global operations.

Key impacts

  • We implement our human rights program through our global policies, management system, assessments, audits, training, and metrics tracking. Our audit process provides us with a global view of our sites and supply chain.

    We provide training globally to ensure that 3M employees, including security employees and contractors, understand the requirement to comply with the law, 3M’s Code of Conduct, and supporting policies, standards, and procedures, including around human rights.

    When employees or others have concerns related to human rights, labor practices, or environmental or safety issues, we encourage them to raise questions or report misconduct, potential misconduct, or concerning behaviors. Employees also receive training around channels for reporting and resolving concerns.

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