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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.


2015 Sustainability Goals
Setting goals to drive progress towards sustainability is nothing new at 3M.  3M has been setting environment goals since 1990.  These goals have helped 3M dramatically reduce its environmental footprint.

In 2010, 3M developed its first set of Sustainability Goals.  These goals go beyond the environment and now include social responsibility and economic objectives.

Continuing to improve our environmental performance remained a key component of our 2015 Sustainability Goals, but we are going to do more:

Environmental Stewardship

  • Reduce Volatile Air Emissions 15%
    by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Reduce Waste 10%
    by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Improve Energy Efficiency 25%
    by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 5%
    by 2011 from 2006 base year, indexed to net sales
    (Goal was set in 2007)
  • Develop Water Conservation Plans
    Where 3M is located in water scarce and stressed areas


Life Cycle Management
An integral part of the new EHS Management System is Life Cycle Management (LCM).  Instead of only focusing on the manufacturing process to control environmental, health, safety and energy effects, the spotlight is now on products throughout their entire life cycle, from manufacturing through customer use and disposal.  3M has adopted a Life Cycle Management Policy requiring all business units to conduct LCM reviews for all new products and to conduct LCM reviews on existing products on a prioritised basis.  LCM reviews of all existing products must be completed by 2010.

ISO Certification
Ten UK and Ireland manufacturing sites are accredited to the voluntary international ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard:  Atherstone (Warwickshire), Aycliffe (County Durham), Bangor (County Down, Northern Ireland), Bedford, Bridgend (Mid Glamorgan), Chadderton (Greater Manchester), Clitheroe (Lancashire), Gorseinon (South Wales), Loughborough (Leicestershire) and Northallerton (North Yorkshire).

Health and Safety
Employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and safety, as well as that of their peers.  Our Corporate Health & Safety Policy, Global Safety and Health Plan Self Assessment and EHS Management System work together to help maintain the safety and health of 3M UK and Ireland employees and provide a safe and healthy workplace. In the UK, nine sites are accredited to the voluntary safety standard OHSAS 18001: Atherstone, Aycliffe, Bangor, Bedford, Bridgend, Chadderton, Clitheroe, Gorseinon and Loughborough.

Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)Logo The 2012 UK awards scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) again recognised 3M's all-round commitment to the highest occupational health and safety (H&S) standards.

Sites at Bridgend, Chadderton, and Northallerton won RoSPA gold awards for continuously improving their H&S management systems.  3M's sites at Gorseinon and Manchester achieved gold medals (awarded to those who have been gold award winners for at least five consecutive years).  President’s awards for 10 or more consecutive gold awards were won by 3M sites at Aycliffe (for the 5th time), Clitheroe and Loughborough (both for the 2nd time) and also by 3M United Kingdom as a whole.  Three sites - Atherstone, Bangor and Bedford - gained an Order of Distinction for obtaining 15 or more consecutive RoSPA gold awards.