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Sustainability brings 3M a Big Tick


1 July 2013

Environmental initiatives carried out by 3M have been recognised with a Big Tick award from the national organisation Business in the Community (BITC).

The accolade has come in the Marketplace Sustainability Leadership category of the annual awards and reflects the diversified technology company’s achievements in continuously improving the ways in which its products are made and it carries out its business.

The award assessors were looking for businesses whose innovative thinking against short and long-term challenges and opportunities will transform business towards a more sustainable future.

Commenting, Stephen Howard, BITC’s chief executive said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – and that is its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better.

“I congratulate 3M for its Big Tick, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

The company has previously won Big Tick awards in 2007 and 2011 in the Community and Education categories respectfully.

Managing director Paul Keel said: “Sustainability is fundamental to our business philosophy – from product development and manufacturing to how customers use our products – and it’s great news that this has been recognised with a Big Tick award.”



Photo caption: John Klee of 3M collects a Big Tick from ITV Meridian News presenter Sangeetha Bhabra and BITC’s Patrick Mallon.


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