3M Commercial Graphics embraces the principles of sustainable development. Today, we’re building on more than 70 years of practices that support economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Our vision is simple: We want to help meet the needs of society today while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
For additional information on how 3M as a whole embraces the principles of sustainable development, our efforts are discussed in depth in the 3M Sustainability Report. An executive summary is available at 3M.com/sustainability.
3M has been setting environmental goals since 1990. These goals have helped 3M dramatically reduce its environmental footprint. In 2010, 3M developed its first set of Sustainability Goals. The new 2015 Sustainability Goals go beyond the environment and now include social responsibility and economic objectives.
3M Commercial Graphics is committed to improving our environmental footprint along with the corporation. From 2005 to 2011, our manufacturing location in Nevada, Missouri has improved its energy efficiency by more than 15% in the production of finished materials and reduced Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by over 10% per unit of finished material. Since 2005, 3M Nevada has more than doubled the amount of material that is externally reused or recycled which led to, in 2011, reuse and recycling programs preventing over 35% of all waste produced from being disposed of by landfill, incineration, or waste-to-energy facilities. Our manufacturing location in Hilden, Germany is a zero-waste-to-landfill facility that has improved its energy efficiency by more than 10% since 2010 (based on annual production volume).
Additionally, 3M Commercial Graphics Division's manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 certified.
3M Nevada (United States): IS0 14001:2004 Environmental Management System
3M Hilden (Germany): IS0 14001:2004 Environmental Management System
3M introduced the Pollution Prevention Pays initiative – better known as 3P – in 1975. 3P prevents pollution at the source, in products and manufacturing. To date, 3P has resulted in the elimination of more than 3 billion pounds of pollution and saved us nearly $1.4 billion. 3M Commercial Graphics maintains several 3P programs at our manufacturing facility. These programs are aimed at reducing air emissions, solid wastes, recycling, and energy reduction. In 2012, 3P programs at 3M Nevada prevented over 700 tons of waste from being produced and over 4,000 tons of GHGs from being emitted.
Carbon Footprint Response
3M Commercial Graphics joined the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) in 2012. SGP is a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry. According to Bob Doughty, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Graphics, “This investment is well-aligned with our long-standing commitment to sustainability and with our reputation for providing the industry with the best and most innovative large format graphic products. SGP helps provide a framework for sustainable innovations to our industry that benefits 3M and our customers.”
Sustainable Green Printing Website
3M Commercial Graphics was a Technology Sponsor of EcoPrint 2012, the world's first exhibition and event 100% focused on the sustainable print industry. Held in Berlin in September 2012, this event highlighted existing solutions for sustainable media production that have huge relevance for brands, agencies and print service providers. Representatives from 3M spoke on sustainability in the print industry and product development at the event.
Sustaining the Environment
3M has an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System for its facilities, business units and subsidiaries globally. The system was developed to identify EHS issues impacting 3M facilities and businesses, to develop action plans to address the priority issues, implement the action plans, track progress on the action plans through regular reviews and audit the system. The key to the EHS Management System is raising EHS issues at the business unit and subsidiary level where we can provide more proactive management.
Tracking Environmental Progress
Within this EHS Management System, an EHS Scorecard helps track our progress. This is done at the facility, division/subsidiary and corporate levels. In the EHS Scorecard, eco-efficiency metrics cover the critical environmental performance aspects of our operations. For some of these environmental metrics, we have set targets to drive continuous and health metrics.