Sustainability at 3M

The world faces tremendous challenges in this time of unprecedented change. Science will play a critical role in ensuring a resilient future where everyone can thrive. At 3M, science is at the heart of what we do. We collaborate with our customers, governments and communities to solve shared global problems. Our commitment to Sustainability drives our purpose-driven innovation that improves every life and we are always trying to do more. We are committing to use the power of our science to accelerate a circular economy and improve the climate, to do more with less material and inspire others to join us. Learn more about how we are making a difference in our 2018 Sustainability Report..

A message from our CEO

  • Inge Thulin CEO

    "At 3M we apply science to solve customer problems, reduce environmental impact, and improve the lives of people around the world. As a purpose-driven enterprise, we are committed to working with our customers, business partners, and communities to innovate for a more sustainable future."

    Mike Roman
    Chief Executive Officer, 3M

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Our Strategy

Our ambition: Apply science to improve every life

  • 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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