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View 2021 Sustainability Report
  • Each year since 2011, 3M has produced a report that captures the state of sustainability in all facets of the company’s business, in all corners of the world. Aimed at 3M employees, job seekers, suppliers, customers, and sustainability media, it provides an externally verified picture of where the company stands in its mission to improve every life.

2021 Sustainability Report Sections

  • A look at the strengths and priorities that make 3M unique in the marketplace.

    3M Value Model
    See how we combine the 3M Vision, Values, stakeholder engagement, and our Sustainability Framework, to advance sustainability across our organisation.

    Advancing impact
    See how our Sustainability Framework is addressing global challenges and how we measure success.

    Learn how we’re investing money, products, and time to support communities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and environmental programs.

    Employee diversity, equity, and inclusion
    Learn how 3M is creating a respectful culture that supports and celebrates diverse, inclusive workforce.

    In 2020, 3M again received accolades for its efforts in the area of sustainability. Here’s a partial gallery of them.

  • A look into how sustainability is embedded into the core of 3M.

    Corporate governance
    A clear explanation of how corporate governance practices serve the long-term interests of 3M and sustainability.

    Enterprise risk
    How 3M helps assure adequate recognition and ownership of the most significant potential risks to shareholder value.

    Corporate Code of Conduct
    Defining the uncompromising values that bind us together as 3M employees, across business groups and geographies.

    Human rights
    We set guidelines and identify high-risk areas in our ongoing effort to assure respect for human rights everywhere.

    A work plan that provides competitive market pay and comprehensive benefits at all levels.

    Employee programs
    From parental leave to managerial development, we are dedicated investors in our most valuable resource: people.

    Environmental, health, and safety management
    An overview of 3M’s approach to responsible stewardship and the steps we’re taking today to advance the safety of 3M employees, visitors, locations, and surrounding communities.

    Circular materials
    How we design solutions that do more with less material, advancing a global circular economy.

    Climate and energy
    How we’re applying science-based innovation to address the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.

    See how our supply chain policies and practices are an extension of our commitment to sustainability.

  • A look at how we utilise our fundamental strengths to create unique solutions for our customers and society, all in support of the greater good.

    Our customers
    How 3M builds sustainability into all new products while innovating and growing with our customers.

    Innovation management
    How we use 3M culture, technology, manufacturing, and global capabilities to create sustainability solutions.

    Our products
    See how we’ve applied sustainability to our diverse product portfolio.

  • A behind-the-scenes description of the global standards and auditing procedures used to generate this report.

    Report scope and boundaries
    An explanation of how we collect, adjust (when appropriate) and verify the data in the 3M 2020 Sustainability Report.

    GRI and UNGC index
    A table referencing the Global Reporting Initiative and United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress.

    SASB index
    A table referencing the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.

    Assurance statement
    A statement from APEX LLC regarding its scope of work, methodology, and findings in the 2020 3M Sustainability Report.

    Metric tables
    The data that helps define our progress in improving sustainability, in all its forms, all around the world.