3M’s corporate Purpose expresses our ambition to leverage our passion for science to reimagine what’s possible. Together with our Promise and Principles, it drives and informs our approach to sustainability.
As we build on our global capabilities and diverse technologies, we apply our expertise to advance our impact and shape a sustainable future within our Strategic Sustainability Framework and its three organizing pillars: Science for Circular, Science for Climate, and Science for Community. Within these pillars, we build partnerships, implement projects, and develop processes that move us forward in the areas where we can make the greatest impact.
Our sustainability goals reflect our deepened commitment to going beyond compliance and thinking holistically about how our operations and products affect the world and every life in it.
Require a Sustainability Value Commitment (SVC) for every new product1
Reduce global water usage by the following amounts: 10% by 2022, 20% by 2025, and 25% by 2030, indexed to sales2
For 3M’s global manufacturing operations, enhance the quality of water returned to the environment from industrial processes by 2030.3,4 Our initial focus is on implementing state-of-the-art water purification technology at the largest water use locations globally and having them fully operational by 2024
Engage 100% of water-stressed/scarce communities where 3M manufactures on communitywide approaches to water management by 2025
Reduce dependence on virgin fossil-based plastic by 125 million pounds by the end of 20255
Drive supply chain sustainability through targeted raw material traceability and supplier performance assurance by 2025
Help our customers reduce their GHGs by 250 million tons of CO₂ equivalent emissions through the use of 3M products by 2025
Reduce Scope 1 and 2 market-based GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040, and achieve carbon neutrality in our operations by 20506
Increase renewable energy to 50% of total electricity use by 2025 and to 100% by 2050
Invest $50 million to address racial opportunity gaps in the U.S. through workforce development and STEM education initiatives by the end of 20255
Double the pipeline of diverse talent in management globally to build a diverse workforce by 20307
Double the representation of underrepresented groups from entry-level through management in our U.S. workforce8,9,10
Double the representation of underrepresented groups in management positions in our U.S. workforce8,9,10
Advance economic equity by creating 5 million unique STEM and skilled trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 202511
Provide training to 5 million people globally on worker and patient safety 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 202512
Invest cash and products for education, community, and environmental programs by 2025