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2021 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.




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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