• 3M and the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    March 11, 2016

    At 3M we use science to solve problems. It’s in our DNA. We view global challenges as opportunities to innovate and we are proud to be part of a global solution.

    At 3M, we framed our 2025 sustainability goals around shared global challenges. Our ambition, working collaboratively, is to realize a world where every life is improved – where natural resources are reliably available, people everywhere have access to education and opportunity, and communities are safe, healthy, connected and thriving.

    • On September 25, 2015, the United Nations released the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals designed to build upon the historic work of the Millennium Development Goals and stimulate important action in three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental.

      Below are just a few of the ways our goals at 3M are #improvinglives in accordance with, and in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

      Respect our planet’s resources and reimagine waste as a nutrient to ensure we have abundance for future generations.

      • Goal: Invest to develop more sustainable materials and products to help our customers reach their environmental goals.
      • Goal: Reduce manufacturing waste by an additional 10%, indexed to sales.
      • Goal: Achieve “zero landfill” status at more than 30% of manufacturing sites.
      • Goal: Drive supply chain Sustainability through targeted raw material traceability and supplier performance assurance.

      Promote clean water for everyone, everywhere so that every person, business and community has the water they need to thrive.

      • Goal: Reduce global water use by an additional 10%, indexed to sales.
      • Goal: Engage 100% of water-stressed/scarce communities where 3M manufactures on community-wide approaches to water management.

      Transform the way the world uses energy because it impacts the climate, and the climate impacts everyone.

      • Goal: Improve energy efficiency indexed to net sales by 30%.
      • Goal: Increase renewable energy to 25% of total electricity use.
      • Goal: Ensure GHG emissions at least 50% below our 2002 baseline, while growing our business.
      • Goal: Help our customers reduce their GHGs by 250 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions through use of 3M products.

      Improve the health and safety of people worldwide so we can all focus on what matters most to us.

      • Goal: Provide training to 5 million people globally on worker and patient safety. Proper use of health and safety products is critical to infection prevention, personal safety and overall health. Building on our existing customer education program, we seek to help educate individuals on worker and patient safety in both healthcare and industrial settings.

      Support empowerment and enrichment to provide people everywhere the opportunity to live life to its fullest.

      • Goal: Invest cash and products for education, community and environmental programs.
      • Goal: 100% participation in employee development programs to advance individual and organizational capabilities.
      • Goal: Double the pipeline of diverse talent in management to build a diverse workforce.

      For more information on sustainability at 3M, please visit 3m.com/sustainability.

      For more information on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, please visit their Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.