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Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility is now high on national and international agendas.  Yet 3M has long held the belief that reputation depends not solely on our financial performance but also on the way we run our business.  In 1975, 3M was one of the first major manufacturing companies actively to address environmental issues and, as with our drive for innovation, we involved employees through our benchmark programme Pollution Prevention Pays.

We believe we have a sound record of achievement in corporate responsibility, but continually strive to improve our performance and address the ongoing challenges and opportunities.  We are committed to sustainable development through a proactive approach to environmental protection, social responsibility and strong economic progress.

We also play an active role in the communities where we have manufacturing plants or offices.  Learn more about our award-winning 3M Community Programme in the UK and Ireland.

Our Vision

3M's commitment is to actively contribute to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic progress.  To us, that means meeting the needs of society today, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our Corporate Values and our day-to-day actions are guided by our Business Conduct Manual.

3M's approach to corporate responsibility and our sustainability policies and practices are directly linked to our four fundamental corporate values:

  • Act with uncompromising honesty and integrity in everything we do
  • Satisfy our customers with innovative technology and superior quality, value and service
  • Provide our investors an attractive return through sustainable, global growth
  • Respect our social and physical environment around the world
  • Value and develop our employees' diverse talents, initiative and leadership
  • Earn the admiration of all those associated with 3M worldwide.

Our Sustainability Strategic Principles

3M's strategies for sustainability encompass the pursuit of customer satisfaction and commercial success within a framework of environmental, social and economic values.

  • Economic success:  Build lasting customer relationships by developing differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to their sustainability challenges.
  • Environmental Stewardship:  Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges for ourselves and ourselves and our customers.
  • Social Responsibility:  Engage key stakeholders in dialogue and take action to improve 3M's sustainability performance.