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Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Management System
3M's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System promotes sound environmental management at our facilities worldwide.  It helps us address changing customer needs and expectations as we continue to drive sustainable growth.  The EHS Management System:

  • includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement
  • promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business unit strategic plans
  • requires each business unit to identify EHS issues, develop formal action plans, set goals and measure results
  • requires a Life Cycle Management review of all new products and of existing products on a prioritised basis.


Sustainability at 3M
Sustaining our planet and our business means protecting natural resources, helping our customers meet their sustainability challenges, creating employment opportunities and working with local communities in areas such as education and safety. It means balancing economic, environmental and social factors while addressing global challenges.  And above all else, it means uniting under a common goal: improve every life.

Our strategy
Our sustainability goal is to support the growth of communities worldwide while driving a growing business. This means addressing issues such as global challenges, like energy availability and security, raw material scarcity, human health and safety, education and development, while keeping our vision in mind.

  • 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
  • 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
  • 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

Like many organisations, we strive to balance the three key pillars of sustainability:

  • Economic Success: Develop differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to sustainability challenges.
  • Environmental Protection: Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges.
  • Social Responsibility: Host ongoing conversations with key stakeholders to continually improve our sustainability practices.

Learn more about how we’re addressing global challenges.

Goals and progress
The only thing we like better than a great idea is great results.  When it comes to sustainability, excellence lies in the evidence. From cutting green house gas reductions by 57 per cent to using less water and releasing fewer pollutants, our sustainability efforts are paying off. Read more.