3Mgives community programme
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 3Mgives community programme in the UK and Ireland 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 science-based 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 - in particular female students - are staying with these subjects beyond GCSE. We therefore aim to help increase this talent pool - our target employees of the future - by doing whatever we can to make these subjects real and relevant to pupils.
Our community programme encompasses partnering with schools local to our major sites; the donation of in-kind gifts of 3M products and services; visits to (and the use of) 3M facilities; encouragement of employee volunteering - particularly STEM Ambassadors; matching our employees' fundraising achievements; and hosting an annual STEM-based competition for schools local to our Loughborough and Bracknell sites.
The 3M Young Innovators Challenge aims to inspire the next generation of original thinkers through a series of practical, theoretical and creative Challenges. Held between January - June each year, the competition is open to primary and secondary schools in Leicestershire, South Nottinghamshire, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham. Each Challenge is aligned to a different area of the STEM curriculum and through participation, students can gain a British Science Association CREST Award at Discovery or Bronze level. Finalists are invited to a celebration event where their work is displayed and the winners announced by guests of honour Dr Philip Lee (Member of Parliament for Bracknell) and Nicky Morgan (Member of Parliament for Loughborough).