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Suppliers

We work with suppliers to uphold 3M standards

  • 3M expects our suppliers to hold the same bar we set for ourselves around environmental and social governance, including for employment, diversity, community-building, and risk mitigation. We expect our suppliers to be transparent about their related practices and to work with us to transform our shared value chain.

    Through our policies, processes, and programs, we continually work with suppliers to minimize negative effects on the community, environment, and natural resources while protecting the health and safety of workers and the public. We’re committed to responsible sourcing and the conservation of natural resources, and we recognize our responsibility to source from suppliers that share those values.


Progress toward our supplier goal

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    457 supplier assessments toward our goal to:

    Drive supply chain sustainability through targeted raw material traceability and supplier performance assurance by 2025


Key impacts in 2022

  • Risk assessments

    Since 2008, 3M has conducted 8,320 on-site or self-assessments of prioritized suppliers in higher-risk countries. In 2022, we completed 457 assessments — about 10% of our higher-risk suppliers — in 31 countries, covering every geographic area of the world.

  • Responsible minerals

    Beyond 3TG (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold), 3M’s Responsible Minerals Sourcing program includes cobalt and mica sourcing to support industry expectations, 3M values, and human rights policies. 3M expects our suppliers — and their suppliers — to adopt a similar policy and due diligence management system. In addition, we’re an active member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), which develops tools and provides insight into emerging risks and assessments in raw materials supply chains.

  • Forest products sourcing

    We developed our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in 2015 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers through all tiers of supply, and in 2022, we expanded its scope and renamed it the 3M Forest Products Sourcing Policy (PDF, 145.3 KB). To support our policy, we partner with Earthworm Foundation, which innovates in the areas of forest protection and restoration.

    We work with our suppliers around the world to map our global forest product supply chain down to the forest source and evaluate compliance with our policies. We use the outputs to assess risk and prioritize areas in our supply chains with potential for transformation projects.

    Visit Sustainable Forestry to see our progress reports.

  • Supplier diversity

    3M aims to meet and exceed our own expanded internal diversity goals as well as those of the U.S. federal government, which requires certain levels of spend with small and diverse businesses. In 2022, we engaged a third-party provider to conduct data collection and manage the certification process. This has helped us track and manage our supplier diversity information, leading to more complete and accurate data.


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