Corporate responsibility is now high on national and international agendas. Yet 3M has long held the belief that reputation depends not solely on our financial performance but also on the way we run our business. In 1975, 3M was one of the first major manufacturing companies actively to address environmental issues and, as with our drive for innovation, we involved employees through our benchmark program Pollution Prevention Pays.

We believe we have a sound record of achievement in corporate responsibility but continually strive to improve our performance and address the ongoing challenges and opportunities. We are committed to sustainable development through a proactive approach to environmental protection, social responsibility and strong economic progress.


3M’s commitment is to actively contribute to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic progress. To us, that means meeting the needs of society today, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our corporate values and our day-to-day actions are guided by our Business Conduct Policies.

Our Sustainability Strategic Principles

3M’s strategies for sustainability encompass the pursuit of customer satisfaction and commercial success within a framework of environmental, social and economic values.

  • Economic Success: Build lasting customer relationships by developing differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to their sustainability challenges.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges for ourselves and our customers.
  • Social Responsibility: Engage key stakeholders in dialogue and take action to improve 3M’s sustainability performance.