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Annual 3M Sustainability Report

Applying science to improve every life

Sustainability is at the heart of 3M innovation. We are driven by our core purpose: Growing our business by collaborating to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

A message from our CEO

  • Inge Thulin CEO

    “At 3M we are a purpose-driven enterprise.  We know that we can grow our business while collaborating to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. And we know that innovation isn’t innovation without Sustainability.”

    Mike Roman
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 3M

    Learn more about Mike Roman (US, English)

Our Strategy

In this pivotal time for our planet, our strategic Sustainability framework directs our efforts to areas biggest impact. Learn more about our commitment.

  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Circular
    Science for Circular

    Design solutions that do more with less material, advancing a global circular economy.

  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Climate
    Science for Climate

    Innovate to decarbonize industry, accelerate global climate solutions and improve our environmental footprint.


  • 3M Sustainability: Science for Community
    Science for Community

    Create a more positive world through science, and inspire people to join us.


Building Sustainability into All New Products

  • At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), 3M is building on its legacy of Sustainability leadership and announcing a formal requirement that a Sustainability Value Commitment will be included in all new products introduced beginning in 2019. Learn more about Sustainability Value at 3M.


Sustainability at 3M
  • Each year since 2011, 3M has produced a report that captures the state of Sustainability in all facets of the company’s business, in all corners of the world. Aimed at 3M employees, job seekers, suppliers, customers, and Sustainability media, it provides an externally verified picture of where the company stands in its mission to improve every life.

  • We’ve made substantial progress against our ambitious 2025 goals that include energy, water, and climate targets. Our goals are tracked regularly and progress updated annually in our Sustainability Report.

  • At 3M, we apply science to improve lives. Sustainability drives our purpose-driven innovation across may industries. Find out more about how 3M’s diverse global products are helping drive change for the greater good.

  • Check out the latest stories about how 3M’s people, products, and technology are changing the world. Learn more about 3M’s sustainable innovation.

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 greenhouse gas emissions by 57% to using less water and releasing fewer pollutants, our sustainability efforts are paying off. Read more.

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