At 3M we believe that commercial success and corporate responsibility are inseparable, so we are committed to making a fitting contribution to the communities in which we have plants or offices.
Our award-winning community programme is not about reacting to general requests for cash donations - it is a proactive programme focused on those areas where we believe our contribution can make a real difference. We aim to support organisations that help communities help themselves.
Our national programme
As a technology company, 3M understands the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects – people with STEM qualifications form a large part of our employee base. However, the Government and industry alike recognise that too few pupils are staying with these subjects beyond GCSE. We therefore aim to help increase this talent pool – our target employees of the future - by working with educational specialists in order to provide free online educational resources that help make these subjects real and relevant to pupils.
Our community programme encompasses the donations of in-kind gifts of 3M products and services; the use of 3M facilities; encouragement of employee volunteering - particularly STEM Ambassadors; matching our employees' fundraising achievements, and creating free online teaching resources that can be used by schools throughout the UK and Ireland.
Our STEM Ambassadors go into schools to show that scientists and engineers do not all spend their lives wearing white coats working in laboratories. They demonstrate that a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers are open to people with STEM qualifications. Through them, we aim to engage and motivate students to choose science, technology, engineering and maths when the time comes to consider qualifications and careers.
Our local programmes
Different communities have different needs, so each of our UK locations has some limited funding available so they can provide direct support to the areas of greatest need.
Recognising that we cannot possibly support all the many worthy causes which might seek support, our local campaigns are focused on three areas:
We believe in bridging the gap between classroom and work place by forging links with local schools through activities relevant to the academic curriculum. As a company with innovation at its heart, we are particularly keen to support the science and technology curriculum and help stimulate young minds.
We are committed to promoting healthier, safer and more environmentally aware communities, in line with our strong reputation for environmental responsibility, which for more than 30 years has focused on preventing pollution at source.
Relief of Suffering
Health-related charities, elderly welfare groups, disabled groups, volunteer centres.
In order to be considered for support, projects must fall within one or more of these topic areas and relate to a community in which 3M has a site presence (view map - pdf 113KB).
Proposals must also fulfil one or more of the following criteria:
be a registered UK charitable concern (no individuals/teams/third party fundraisers or requests for funds for overseas can be considered)
address a specific identified local community need
involve 3M volunteers
on completion, be able to demonstrate measurable results.
For more information, please Contact Us and reference Community.