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As a diversified global technology company, 3M businesses draw on the creative thinking of their employees to churn out game-changing technologies, initiate sound practices and invent sophisticated manufacturing processes that ultimately help our customers be successful in their own businesses. This 3M culture fosters a spirit of entrepreneurship and perseverance that outside organizations have come to recognize. We are proud these venerable institutions honor our achievements.

2014

3M Awards 2014

Rankings and Recognition
International
Business
Products
Sustainability

Rankings and Recognition

Rankings
  • 3M ranked #8 globally and #6 in North America on Aon Hewitt’s 2014 Top Company for Leaders list. Aon Hewitt recognizes employers who foster an environment that produces resilient and engaging leaders who help their companies rise above the rest.
    3M ranked #9 globally out of 20 companies on Hay Group’s 2014 Best Companies for Leadership list. Hay Group assesses leadership development practices, with a special focus on preparing leaders to face the challenges of an ever-changing global environment.
  • 3M was awarded the 66th spot on Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Brands List, moving up ten spots from its 76th ranking in 2013. When determining the top 100 most valuable brands each year, Interbrand examines three key aspects that contribute to a brand’s value:
    • The financial performance of the branded product and service
    • The role the brand plays in influencing customer choice
    • The strength the brand has to command a premium price or secure earnings for the company
  • 3M ranked No. 14 overall in the Bluefin Elastic Innovation Index of 50 global companies that that have strong reputations in the news media for being innovative. 3M ranked No. 5 of 10 in the manufacturing and transport sector. The index measures a company’s ability to innovate and transform (i.e., adapt and intelligently respond to new market opportunities at short notice). Bluefin, a global consultancy firm, surveyed more than 5,000 companies on the NYSE, NASDAQ, Tokyo, LSE, Hong Kong, DAX, CAC40 and Korean stock exchanges using big data analytics from MakePsychData to measure a company’s presence on news and social media. Bluefin selected 100 companies and assessed innovative capabilities and corporate adaptability based on 35 criteria and other metrics in five key areas: social (communications and marketing); platform and data; leadership; strategy; and business process.
Recognition
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc. named 3M as one of their 2014 Vendor Partners of the Year. 3M was selected for its commitment to product quality, innovation and customer service.
  • Health Partners presented 3M with a Workplace Well-being Award at the 2014 Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference. The award recognizes 3M’s conscious effort to engage its employees in Healthy Living programs and promote healthier behaviors on its campus.
  • The National Law Journal selected 3M Legal Affairs as its “In-House Legal Department of the Year” for the Twin Cities (Minn.) region. The recognition was awarded based on the National Law Journal’s own criteria, including overall excellence, outside counsel management, corporate compliance, major transactions/litigation, diversity and pro bono work. Some of 3M Legal Affairs’ accomplishments last year included strengthening and simplifying 3M’s business conduct code, expanding online compliance training, and protecting 3M’s intellectual property.

 

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International

  • 3M Ireland topped the 2014 list of the “Best Small Workplaces in Ireland,” a ranking of companies with less than 100 employees. The Great Place to Work Institute determined the results through examining employee survey responses and company programs and practices.
  • 3M’s facility in Antwerp, Belgium achieved the Energy Excellence Award for its work and results on energy conservation projects which go beyond the requirements of the Corporate Energy Management program. The plant’s Energy Team, which is made up of employees from multiple departments, helps ensure that energy efficiency is a major parameter in all new projects.
  • 3M Korea ranked among the top 10 “Best Foreign Companies to Work for” in Campus Job & Joy magazine’s survey of more than 1,800 college and graduate students. Companies on the list included the Korean units of Google, Apple and Starbucks.

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Business

  • The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Auditing and Consulting Firm and the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) recognized 3M with the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2014 in the category “Car Body and Exterior.” Based in part on a survey of automotive manufacturers, the award recognizes suppliers that lead the industry in innovation. 3M was highly rated for its work developing paint protection films, lightweight materials, and innovative adhesive technologies.
  • The Ethisphere Institute ranked 3M as one of  The World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies in the Industrial Manufacturing category. This standing recognizes companies that go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translate those words into action. WME honorees promote ethical business practices internally and exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices. The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and enables organizations to enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors.
  • For the ninth consecutive year, The Anaheim Group, distributor of Dental Fax Weekly, named 3M ESPE as the most innovative company in the worldwide dental industry. The recognition, published in the 2013 Dental Industry Review, was based on new product approvals and international patents. Among the 63 innovations that pushed 3M ESPE to the top were two FDA 510(k) new product clearances for the US market, 36 U.S. patents, and 25 patents from the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization. In addition to new product clearances and patents, the report noted several product introductions by 3M ESPE in 2013, including 3M™ ESPE™ Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels, 3M™ ESPE™ Imprint™ 4 VPS Impression Material, and a software upgrade for the 3M™ True Definition Scanner.

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Products

  • 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express System received a silver Edison Award in the Science/Medical area’s “Detection” category. The 3M Petrifilm Salmonella Express System is an all-in-one test method for the rapid detection and biochemical confirmation of Salmonella in enriched food and food process environmental samples. Two-Phase Immersion Cooling technology using 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluid earned a bronze Edison Award within the Applied Technology section’s “Industrial Productivity” category. The technology reduces data center energy consumption by as much as 95 percent. Edison Universe conducts the awards to celebrate game-changing products.
  • BUILDINGS Magazine named 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Neutral 60 as one of its “2014 Money Saving Products.” Winning products were selected based on criteria including potential cost savings to customers, quality, and innovation. Advantages of 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Neutral 60 include its ability to help eliminate hot spots within a building, block ultraviolet rays, reduce glare, and control energy costs.

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Sustainability

  • For a record-breaking tenth consecutive year, 3M earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. No other company has achieved this distinction for that many consecutive years or as many as ten times. A sampling of 2013 efforts for which EPA recognized 3M includes:
    • Implementation of 252 projects, which resulted in savings of $8.79 million and 61,700 metric tons (MT) of CO2
    • Development of a strategic initiative to identify and implement projects to make step-change improvements in greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency
    • Formation of Centers of Excellence to integrate all aspects of sustainability into business strategies across the company
    • Bringing energy-saving innovations to diverse markets, and engaging communities globally in energy and sustainability dialogues
  • For the 15th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a global stock index that recognizes and tracks the performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. As one of the most highly regarded rankings in terms of sustainability performance, this index is created by research analysts who perform an in-depth study of environmental, social and economic performance.

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2013

3M Awards 2013

Rankings and Recognition
Sustainability
International
Products

Rankings and Recognition

Rankings
  • 3M ranked No. 5 on Booz & Company’s Global Innovation 1000 study’s survey ranking of the 10 most innovative companies. Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm, surveyed nearly 400 innovation leaders from companies worldwide to determine which companies are seen as the most innovative. The study again found that higher R&D spending doesn’t guarantee better payoffs. The 10 most innovative companies identified by the 2013 study financially outperformed the world’s top 10 spenders, despite actually spending less on R&D. 

  • Among top consumer brands around the world, 3M ranked ninth overall in customer satisfaction in a survey conducted by ForeSee, a Michigan-based firm that measures customer experience with top brands as determined by Interbrand. The ForeSee Experience Index (FXI) report was based on data collected from 75,000+ respondents in 2013 that recently purchased or conducted business with the top global companies. FXI scores included satisfaction, retention, upsell and word-of-mouth.  Scoring 84 out of 100, 3M ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction in the Technology & Electronics category, finishing ahead of companies such as Apple, Sony and Philips. 3M also earned the highest Word-of-Mouth Index (WoMI) score with a 61 in the category.

  • For the third consecutive year, 3M was named a Thomson Reuters 2013 “Top 100 Global Innovator.” The program, an initiative of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters, recognizes the most innovative companies in the world according to a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. Thomson Reuters selected the 100 most innovative companies based on four criteria:  the number of patents over the past three years; patent grant success rate; global reach of the portfolio; and patent influence as evidenced by citations. 3M had 2,335 unique innovations between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012. 

  • 3M was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in “The Civic 50,” an annual survey that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.  3M ranked fourth in the “materials” category. Developed by the National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light and Bloomberg, the survey measures civic engagement programs of S&P 500 companies based on five factors: organizational commitment; strategic investment; business integration; fostering civic culture; and measuring impact.  Bloomberg cited 3M’s partnerships with organizations such as American Red Cross and United Way to deliver aid through its 3Mgives program.

    3M made four of Fortune’s high-profile annual lists earning a spot on the magazine’s 2013 best-of-compilation or “Blue Ribbon Companies” list. 3M ranked 101st on the Fortune 500 list, 382nd on the “Global 500,” 24th on “Top MBA Employers,” and 21st on the “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, the highest position held by a medical equipment company.

  • 3M ranked No. 24 on research firm Universum’s list of “Top 100 M.B.A. Employers” for 2013. Partnering with more than 320 universities across the U.S., Universum surveyed 75,000+ undergraduate and M.B.A. students to create the 2013 U.S. Ideal Employer Rankings. 3M also ranked No. 38 among the Top 100 Engineering Employers and No. 87 among the Top 100 Business Employers. 
  • 3M was named among “The Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership” in a study conducted by global consulting firm The Hays Group. The list ranks companies for leadership around the world and examines how those companies nurture talent and foster innovation in their organizations. According to the study, the best companies for leadership are purposeful and strategic in developing, enabling and motivating leaders throughout the organization to do their best. 3M has been focused on building leadership capability across the company for decades and has a broad definition of leadership, including thought leadership, process leadership and project leadership, as well as people leadership. 3M ranked No.13 in the 2013 study, and has appeared on the Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership list five times since the list’s inception in 2005. The 2013 survey included responses from nearly 18,000 individuals at more than 2,200 organizations worldwide. 
  • 3M ranked No. 34 on CR Magazine’s list of “America's 100 Best Corporate Citizens,” above Starbucks, JP Morgan Chase, Dell, Verizon and HP. The list ranks companies in the Russell 1000 index based on publicly available information in seven categories: environment; climate change; employee relations; human rights; governance; finance; and philanthropy. The list’s creators assigned a 19.5 percentage weighting to environmental impact and employee relations thinking these are issues consumers, shareholders and employees care most about.
  • 3M came in at No. 7 in the “Brand Asia 2013” ranking based on a brand power survey conducted by Japanese consulting firm Nikkei BP. The survey evaluated 100 brands in 10 product categories using questionnaires. Nearly 15,000 customers from 11 regions of Asia responded to questions about brands in terms of favorable impressions, degrees of helpfulness, sense of quality, etc.
  • 3M ranked No. 17 on Business Insider’s list of “50 Best Employers in America.” The business website ranked 2012 Fortune 500 companies using data collected by PayScale through employee surveys.
    • 3M employees reported high rates of relaxation (44%), flexibility (79%), satisfaction (77%), and meaningfulness (59%).
    • 3M’s median pay at $82,400 (after five years) is high compared to industry peers, according to Business Insider.
    • 3M employee benefits mentioned: standard medical, dental, and vision health benefits; life insurance and retirement; benefits to same-sex couples in domestic partnerships; child and elder care consulting services; smoking cessation program; stress management coaching; and an on-site pharmacy and medical clinic.
  • 3M ranked No. 21 on Fortune magazine’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” (No. 1 in the Medical Equipment category). According to the rankings, 3M is admired for being one of the world’s most innovative companies; for instituting a policy allowing technical employees to spend up to 15% of their time on projects of their choosing; and for aiming to have 30% of its $30 billion annual revenue come from products introduced in the last five years.
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Recognition
  • IndustryWeek named 3M Aberdeen (Aberdeen, S.D.) as one of the "Best Plants of 2013" in an annual salute to North American manufacturing excellence. The competition recognizes facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness enhance satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. The following four 3M manufacturing facilities were named finalists in the competition: 3M Decatur Film (Decatur, Ala.), 3M Edumex (Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico), 3M Greenville Film (Greenville, S.C.) and 3M Knoxville (Knoxville, Iowa).
  • Dr. Andy Ouderkirk, Corporate Scientist for 3M’s Electronics Markets Materials Division, received the 2013 R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year Award. This award honors Ouderkirk for demonstrated skills in leadership and innovation. He is cited for excellence in research for inventing advanced optical films used in consumer electronics and for furthering practical development processes. Ouderkirk’s research led to the creation of 3M™ Multilayer Optical Film with light management properties that conserve energy. The thin film is used in smart phones, computer displays, e-books, tablets and other consumer electronics devices to help improve battery life. The R&D Innovator of the Year Award goes to individuals or teams of innovators who display a rare mix of capabilities--the ability to advance research and technology development in a fundamental way; and the ability to see how these discoveries could be applied, benefiting people in daily life.
  • For its philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact, 3M earned United Way Worldwide’s highest national honor: the 2013 United Way Spirit of American Award. 3M was recognized for setting the standard for improving educational outcomes and creating more sustainable communities.
    • As a science and technology company, 3M’s focus is encouraging innovation through STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). In 2012, 3M donated $56.6M in cash and in-kind to education, health and human services, arts and the environment. Of the total, $26.6 million went toward education, including supporting teachers and schools through ingenuity grants for STEM-focused school supplies and providing products, such as Post-it® Notes and mobile projectors.
    • 3M raised $8.6 million for 135 communities nationwide through its 2011 “Every One Counts. Live United” United Way campaign. In addition, employees volunteered 200,000 totalhours. Globally, 3M employees serve on United Way boards in 16 U.S. states, as well as Brazil, Chile and Colombia.
    • Education programs supported by 3M reach more than 7.6 million young people each year. Programs include science fairs and Generation Next. More than 1,700 3M employees volunteer nationwide to support education, including 500 St. Paul-based employees.
  • 3M's facility in Guin, Alabama was named one of Alabama's 2013 Manufacturers of the Year. The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network presented the awards, which were based on a company leadership, performance, profitability and work force relations. 3M Guin and its 303 employees manufacture reflective sheeting used in commercial and traffic signs, as well as glass bubbles used in hundreds of applications. The 3M facility, which won the medium manufacturer award, has focused on eliminating waste to help save money.
  • 3M was honored with a Silver U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 10,000 volunteer hours to Junior Achievement. Jack Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, presented the award to 3M noting the company’s 64 years of Junior Achievement leadership and the countless hours of dedicated work from 3M employees who have significantly impacted the future leaders of business and communities.
  • Elliott Berger, division scientist, 3M Personal Safety Division, received the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to hearing conservation and to NHCA. Berger, who developed the E-A-RCAL acoustical laboratory at 3M, helped direct the industry’s approach to preventing hearing loss caused by occupational and environmental noise. He has been a driving force in research, training and product development, and in the establishment of national and international standards and regulations. Berger serves as chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Working Group on Hearing Protectors and is the author and editor of books, papers and articles about hearing conservation.
  • 3M was the first corporation to be presented the “Excellence in Mentoring in America: Corporate Leadership” award by the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), a champion for youth mentoring in the U.S. 3M was honored for its commitment to advance mentoring throughout the nation and, in particular, in Minnesota. In 2011 alone, 3M awarded $60.9 million to education and charitable organizations.3M’s investment and leadership support was critical in getting the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota off the ground. 3M provides resources and encourages employee engagement in a wide range of mentoring programs.

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Sustainability

  • 3M was awarded the coveted Gaia Award for 3M™ VHB™ Green Building solution at the 2013 edition of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show in Dubai, U.A.E. The awards honor companies in the construction sector whose products and services (distributed in the Middle East & North Africa region) demonstrate a reduction of construction's impact on the environment. Nominated in the coatings, adhesives and sealants category, the VHB green building solution emerged as the clear winner for its convenience and simplicity, which make it suitable for use in many interior and exterior bonding applications, often replacing rivets, spot welds, liquid adhesives and other permanent fasteners. 3M VHB tapes--eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits--are made with acrylic foam, which is viscoelastic in nature. This gives the foam energy absorption and stress relaxing properties.

  • 3M’s manufacturing facility in Villach, Austria was recognized for its energy efficiency efforts by the Austrian Ministry of Life within the country’s climate protection initiative “klima:aktiv.”  3M’s winning project improved heat recovery in the thermal oxidizer process and delivers savings of €200,000, annually.

  • The German Sustainability Award Foundation recognized 3M for its exemplary resource protection. In 2013, 3M is one of the top three organizations in the special category “Resource Efficiency”.  3M was recognized  as setting itself apart with  ambitious goals around reducing its ecological footprint in the entire value chain. The citation notes that 3M, wherever possible, enables the customer to operate more efficiently. In the entire lifecycle of products, appropriate measures are implemented - from design to procurement, use, disposal and recycling.

  • 3M ranked No. 24 on Interbrand’s 2013 Best Global Green Brands list of companies. Brand consultancy firm Interbrand commended 3M for its sustainability goals and performance, for making sustainability central to all its business activities, and for the numerous awards it garnered in 2013, including the Sustained Excellence Award from the EPA. To make the list, companies must perform well in both sustainability performance and perception.  

  • 3M India was honored with the “Best Corporate Sustainability Endeavor Award 2013” from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The award recognizes 3M’s efforts toward sustainable development in research and development, and in the Environment, Health and Safety regulatory function. Leaders from industry, government and non-governmental organizations evaluated the nominations. 3M India came in second in the “large corporate category.” For the nomination, 3M India presented the life-cycle management process used in developing sustainable products, and featured 3M products that exemplify sustainability attributes, including:

  • A line of automotive aftermarket products, including 3M™ Engine Oil Flush, formulated with fewer volatile organic compounds.
  • 3M™ Synthetic Resin Adhesive — a nanoparticle-based wood adhesive that is free of phthalates (chemicals used as “plasticizers”).
  • 3M™ Sunlight Delivery Systems, which light building interiors with full-spectrum sunlight, saving energy by using 3M film technology and optical design.
  • 3M™ Avagard™ antiseptic hand prep, developed from its initial life-cycle management stages to be free of any carcinogenic substances.
  • Phthalate-free heat-shrink kits for medium-voltage cable joints and terminations
  • 3M was named one of the top 50 socially responsible companies in Canada by Macleans, a weekly current affairs magazine. Macleans and Sustainalytics, a sustainability analysis firm, selected recipients in 10 categories based on their performance across a range of environmental, social and governance indicators. 3M Canada was one of four companies honored in the industrial category and was recognized for its commitment to reduce volatile organic air emissions. The company has reduced its volatile organic air emissions by 95 percent since 1990 by developing solvent-free technologies and pollution-prevention programs, and through the use of pollution control equipment. Maclean’s also applauded 3M’s executive-driven sustainability strategy, which is set, approved and directed by the company’s CEO and direct reports.
  • 3M’s environmental initiatives were recognized with a “Big Tick” Responsible Business Award by the United Kingdom’s Business in the Community (BITC) organization. The awards are the longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards in the U.K. 3M received the accolade in the Marketplace Sustainability Leadership category and reflects 3M’s achievements in continuously improving the ways in which its products are made and how it carries out its business. 3M’s award submission focused on how sustainability is a way of life for 3M and featured examples ranging from the environmental stewardship of the Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program to products such as 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluid, which can reduce energy use in data centers by 97 percent. 3M United Kingdom also received Big Tick awards in 2007 and 2011 in the community and education categories, respectfully.
  • 3M was among organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their commitment to energy efficiency and leadership under the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge. The Better Buildings Challenge is a public-private partnership program in which leading organizations commit to improve the energy intensity of their building portfolios by at least 20 percent over 10 years and share strategies and results with the market. More than 110 organizations have taken the challenge. As a partner, 3M has committed 94 plants to reduce energy use an additional 25 percent by 2016 throughout 37 million square feet of building space. 3M also set aside $1 million in capital each of the past two years for the rapid implementation of additional energy efficiency projects.
  • Earning a place on the Sustainable Brands list of “13 Hot Sustainable Products to Follow in 2013” is the Scotch-Brite®  Greener Clean Sponge, a household cleaning tool made from 100 percent renewable, plant-based fibers. The key material in the sponge is recycled fiber from the agave plant, which is chiefly grown for its juice and used in tequila production. The rest of the plant, which takes up to a decade to grow to maturity, is usually discarded as waste. Scientists at 3M discovered that this leftover plant fiber can be converted into a durable yet non-scratching nonwoven material, making it ideal for a second life as a Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean Sponge.
  • For an industry-leading ninth consecutive year, 3M earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts.  No other company has achieved this distinction for that many consecutive years or as many as nine times. 3M’s achievements in 2012 include:
    • Earning ISO 50001 energy management certification for two plants.
    • Implementing 201 new energy efficiency projects.
    • Hosting a “Working with ENERGY STAR” workshop for local manufacturing companies.
    • Involving 78 3M facilities in the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge, collaborating with other industry participants on energy-saving techniques.
    • Launching an education program to engage students in environmental leadership.
  • 3M was among recipients of the Uptime Institute’s 2013 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, which recognize pioneering advancements that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT. 3M, Iceotope and University of Leeds were jointly honored in the Facility Product Deployment category for the energy-saving installation of Iceotope/3M liquid-cooled servers. Iceotope’s revolutionary computer server uses 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluid--rather than fans--to keep electronics inside the computer cool. 
  • 3M received Xcel Energy’s 2013 Energy Efficiency Expo Award, which recognizes Minnesota businesses that participated in the utility company’s 2012 energy efficiency programs. Among seven companies awarded for choosing more efficient facility equipment and processes, 3M achieved gas savings of 1,794,010 therms--the highest gas savings by a commercial customer.

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International

  • For the second year, 3M was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Employers” by Mediacorp Canada, Inc., publisher of specialized employment information. The award recognizes employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. The application process included a detailed review of operations and human resources practices. 3M Canada won praise for its supportive corporate culture, commitment to sustainability and ethical business conduct, employee engagement, family friendliness, and community giving.
  • 3M was among winners of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ according to executive search firm Waterstone Human Capital, which founded the program. The program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. More than 600 companies were nominated for the 2013 designation. Winners were selected by the program’s 30-member Board of Governors consisting of top executives from organizations across Canada. 3M was recognized in the “enterprise” (revenues above $500 million) category.
  • For the second consecutive year, 3M was named the “Most Innovative Company in Brazil,” receiving the 2013 Best Innovator Award from business magazine Época and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. 3M Brazil also won in the “processes” category of innovation.
  • 3M Healthcare won the “Sterilization Services Company of the Year” award during the Frost & Sullivan’s India Healthcare Excellence Awards. The awards recognize innovative growth strategies and solutions adopted by top companies in the health care industry for 2012-13.
  • The German Sustainability Award Foundation recognized 3M for its exemplary resource protection. In 2013, 3M is one of the top three organizations in the special category “Resource Efficiency”.  3M was recognized  as setting itself apart with  ambitious goals around reducing its ecological footprint in the entire value chain. The citation notes that 3M, wherever possible, enables the customer to operate more efficiently. In the entire lifecycle of products, appropriate measures are implemented - from design to procurement, use, disposal and recycling.
  • 3M was named “The Most Admired Company in Chile” by Diario Financiero, a Chilean financial newspaper, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Rankings were based on surveys of 4,000 executives in a variety of industries around the country. 3M ranked high is categories including business strategy, financial results, innovation, products and service quality, quality and attractiveness of marketing and corporate image, quality of personnel and executives, and social responsibility. 
  • 3M was recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the top 10 “Best Small Workplaces” in Ireland. 3M Ireland placed sixth in the category for companies that employ 20-100 people. Eligibility for the award is based on a “culture audit” detailing employment policies, as well as a survey of employees measuring the level of trust, pride, and camaraderie they experience within the organization. 3M Ireland has consistently climbed higher in the list each year since 2010, and this year marks its first among the top ten.
  • 3M Germany was among five companies in Europe to receive an award for “benchmarking in technology management” from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT). A jury of technology managers and R&D leaders from global companies selected winners from a field of 160 candidates. The IPT jury praised 3M for a culture of innovation that firmly anchors technology management in the minds of all employees, and for its use of a periodic table to summarize its 46 technology platforms (for quick identification of new strategic fields). According to IPT, 3M was the only company that exhibited “successful practice” in how it measures its technology management success, based on qualitative and quantitative variables, and by using indicators.
  • China’s corporate Weibo (similar to Twitter) was named “Top Corporate Weibo of China” by SINA, China’s largest infotainment web portal. Awardees were selected based on rankings on the 2012 Weibo Composite Index and the Weibo influence ranking. 3M China’s Weibo was honored as the “Best Weibo for Customer Engagement” for its innovative content, interactivity and business-driven initiatives. Of the more than 370,000 active followers of 3M’s Weibo, more than 200,000 have participated in the company’s online events.
  • 3M Gulf was named a “Superbrand” in the United Arab Emirates for 2013. Superbrands--an invitation-only branding award-- identifies brands that offer consumers “significant emotional and/or physical advantages over competitors.” Selection is based on input from 2,500 marketing professionals, and the award is given to brands shortlisted by each country’s Superbrands Council, an independent group of marketing personnel familiar with local trends and business methods. The award demonstrates high levels of familiarity, awareness and recall for 3M in the United Arab Emirates.

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Products

  • Popular Science named 3M™ Enhanced Combat Helmets among the “100 Best Innovations of 2013” for making our world safer and more efficient. Made by Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, the Enhanced Combat Helmets provide unparalleled ballistic and fragmentation protection over today’s standard-issued helmets. The combination of advanced materials with unique 3M processing technology enables the new helmet design to have over 35 percent better ballistic protection at a lighter weight. This is the fifth award 3M has won from Popular Science in the last six years.

  • Research firm KLAS gave 3M Health Information Systems the highest overall performance score among vendors for its inpatient computer-assisted coding (CAC) technology. The 3M™ 360 Encompass™ System, which integrates and automates coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) processes, received the highest marks for positive impact on coder productivity, case mix index, “discharged not final billed” (DNFB) days, and overall cost of coding. The KLAS report was based on in-depth interviews of healthcare providers with CAC software that is live and operational. 3M was cited as the most considered inpatient CAC vendor with 40 percent of the validated live inpatient CAC clients.

  • 3M™ LED Advanced Light received the Advanced Manufacturing Award at the Minnesota  High Tech Association’s (MHTA) 2013 Tekne Awards. The 3M LED Advanced Light advances lighting technology by using light-emitting diodes (LED). Developed with 3M™ Multilayer Optical Film, adhesives and heat management technologies, the bulb provides energy efficiency and long-term cost savings over an impressive 25-year product lifespan. In addition, with the new federal standards phasing out incandescent light bulbs, the 3M LED Advanced light provides an option that is just as bright as a traditional bulb at a fraction of the energy.

  • 3M captured three 2013“New Product of the Year” awards from Occupational Health & Safety magazine. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges out of a record 71 product nominations in 22 categories. The following 3M products captured awards in the hearing protection, fall protection and safety eyewear categories:

    • 3M™ Peltor™ Ground Mechanic WS™ Solutions Headset
    • 3M™ Peltor™ Ground Mechanic WS™ Solutions Headset 
    • ZT35 Prescription Safety Eyewear
  • 3M™ Molecular Detection System won a bronze Stevie® award for Best New Product (Health and Pharmaceuticals) in the 2013 International Business Awards. The system is a simple, accurate and cost-effective pathogen detection solution that benefits food processors, universities, governments, and contract testing laboratories. Integrating isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection, the system helps detect dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria on the DNA level. After just 19 months on the market, it is now used in more than 35 countries. The technology also received a silver Edison award in March 2013.
  • For combining excellent protection with supreme comfort and a professional, stylish look, 3M™ Peltor™ Earmuffs X Series captured a bronze award at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2013 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA®) competition. The earmuffs, designed for 3M by Veryday, feature breathable materials and a smaller, lighter design for excellent fit and superior comfort, yet maintain the toughness and durability that workers need in demanding environments. The Peltor Earmuffs X Series also took home a Red Dot Design Award in 2013.
  • 3M Cogent MiY-Touch Indoor Touch-screen Biometric Access Control Reader bested more than 80 other products to win the Judge’s Choice Award at the Security Industry Association’s 2013 New Product Showcase. The MiY-Touch reader is a sophisticated, accurate and customizable biometric physical access control terminal designed to perform fast authentification, efficient entry, and time and attendance among other customizable functions. Small, fast, and one of the lightest reader in its class, the MiY-Touch has a compact design featuring a fingerprint scanner and an intuitive touch-screen interface.
  • 3M earned 13 awards from international institutions for design excellence in areas ranging from consumer products and packaging, to health care and workspace.

    2013 Red Dot Design Awards (High Design Quality):2012 GOOD DESIGN Awards (Household Products):2013 Office Products International (OPI) Design Excellence:2013 Graphic Design USA American Package Design Award:2013 International Interior Design Association FAB Award (Small Commercial):
    • Post-it® Big Pad: an ideation tool designed to facilitate collaborative engagement.
    • Post-it® Full Adhesive Roll: an easy-to-use dispenser that creates labels in the perfect length.
    • Filtrete™ Car Purifier: a compact, elegant and quiet air filtration technology.
    • 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape: a next-generation medical tape that provides the optimal balance of securement and gentleness.
    • 3M™ ESPE™ Intra-oral Syringe: a single-use solution designed for precise application of impression materials in the patient’s mouth.
    • 3M™ ESPE™ Retraction Capsule: an ergonomic dispenser for astringent retraction paste that allows for effective mechanical retraction of the gingiva prior to impression-taking or direct restorative procedures.
    • 3M™ Peltor™ Earmuffs X Series: hearing protection that sets a new standard in protection, design and comfort.   
    • Scotch® Magic™ Tape with Notchless™ Dispenser: a dispenser with an elegant minimalist design that delivers precise tape-cutting action.
    • Post-it® and Scotch® Dispenser Line by Designer Karim Rashid: weighted dispensers that bring design to organization.
    • Post-it® Z-Notes “Fashionably Fun” Dispenser Line: dispensers that add an element of fun while helping increase productivity.
    • 3M™ LED Advanced Light
    • Scotch-Brite™ Printed Lint Roller
    • 3M Global Design Lab: BWBR Architects of St. Paul, Minn. and 3M were recognized for interior design excellence.
  • Two 3M technologies received prestigious honors from the Edison Awards, a program conducted by Edison Universe to celebrate game-changing new products and services from around the world. 3M™ LED Advanced Light received a Gold Edison Award in the Lighting category while the 3M™ Molecular Detection System earned a Silver Edison Award within the Diagnostic/Analytic Systems category. Nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine. The evaluation criteria emphasized concept, value, delivery and impact.
    • 3M LED Advanced Light provides an option that’s just as bright as a traditional incandescent bulb, and with its special Light Guide Technology, it shines in all directions. Developed with 3M multilayer optical film, adhesives and heat management technologies, the bulb provides long-term cost savings but doesn’t compromise on energy efficiency. What’s more is that it has an impressive 25-year product lifespan.
    • 3M Molecular Detection System represents a pure and simple approach to detecting dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria on the DNA level. Created with global food safety needs in mind, the system saves time for processors, increases their productivity and assures their overall testing accuracy.

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2012

3M Awards 2012

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Rankings and Recognition

Rankings
  • 3M was recognized by Selling Power magazine as one of the “Best Companies to Sell for” in the United States. The magazine focused on companies with sales forces of 500 or more and surveyed top sales executives, training managers and HR managers requesting information considered important to prospective employees. The rankings evaluated data in three main areas--compensation (including pay, incentives and benefits), training and career mobility—then compared companies in three general industry classifications: manufacturing, service and insurance. 3M’s came in at No. 3 among the top 20 firms in the manufacturing sector.
  • At year-end 2012, 3M ranked No. 3 in Selling Power Magazine’s list of “Best Manufacturing Companies to Sell for Now.” Focusing on U.S. companies with sales forces of 500 or more, Selling Power gathered data from tops sales executives, training managers and human resources managers in three categories: compensation, training and career mobility.    
  • 3M ranked No. 50 on Boston Consulting Group’s list of “The Most Innovative Companies in 2012.” The results reflect surveys of 1,500+ executives across industries in metrics of innovation and outlook for increased innovation spending over the coming year. Companies were weighted to incorporate relative three-year stakeholder returns, revenue growth and margin growth.
  • 3M was named among Thomson Reuters “2012 Top 100 Global Innovators.” The list honors corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of patent-related metrics. Inclusion on the list confirms an organization’s commitment to progressing innovation globally, protecting ideas and commercializing inventions. Financial analysis by Thomson Reuters confirmed that the organizations outperformed the S&P 500 by three percent in their markets capitalized weighted revenue (15 percent versus 12 percent). This year’s winners also added more than 124,000 new jobs over their prior year employment figures.
  • 3M earned a top spot on Booz & Company’s list of most innovative companies for the third consecutive year, ranking No. 3 behind Apple and Google. Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm, surveyed nearly 700 innovation leaders from companies worldwide to determine which companies those leaders see as the most innovative companies in the world.
  • 3M ranked No. 37 on Universum USA’s list of “Top 100 MBA Employers” for 2012.  Research firm Universum USA annually ranks the most desirable employers in the world based on where MBA candidates say they would most like to work. 
  • 3M came in at No. 29 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2012 list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” The list ranks companies in seven areas, including environment, human rights, employee relations and philanthropy.
  • 3M ranked No. 27 on the 2012 list of “America’s Most Reputable Companies.” The list, developed by the Reputation Institute and Forbes magazine, is the result of an online study of more than 10,000 consumers, measuring their perceptions of the 150 largest U.S. companies.
  • 3M ranked No. 18 on Fortune magazine’s 2012 list of “50 Most Admired Companies.”
  • 3M ranked No. 4 on Chief Executive magazine’s 2012 list of “10 Best Companies for Leaders”—a list of corporations who lead the pack when it comes to leadership development.
  • 3M was among 13 companies in Minnesota (and 190 companies nationwide) to receive a 100-percent index rating in the 2012 Corporate Equality Index report for workplace inclusiveness. Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation rated employers on policies and practices that are most friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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Recognition
  • 3M Austin earned top honors for outstanding contributions to the community from the United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX). 3M Austin received UWATX's highest award, the 2012 Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy, for overall campaign excellence, results and volunteerism. 3M also received the 2012 Leadership Giving Award for having the highest number of Leadership Givers (gifts over $1,000) in the 2012 campaign. These awards recognize 3M Austin’s continued commitment to supporting communities and efforts to improve lives.
  • Kenneth Yu, president, China Region and 3M China was named “China Business Leader 2012” in the talent management category by China Business Network (CBN), a business management group. Yu created 3M China’s strategic blueprint: “In China & For China.” As part of this plan, he focused on investing locally to build talent, technical capability and manufacturing excellence. In 2012, the CBN jury sought to recognize corporate leaders who were able to drive growth despite a challenging global economy. Yu was one of only seven winners from a pool of 3,000 candidates.  Panel members cited 3M China’s growth (outpacing the market), continuous innovation, and strategic expansion as evidence of Yu’s strong leadership.
  • Babu Gaddam, corporate scientist, 3M Corporate Research Materials Laboratory, was awarded the 2012 Industrial Polymer Scientist Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award recognizes industrial innovation and creativity in the application of polymer science. For more than 30 years, Gaddam has made groundbreaking discoveries that have shaped the field of polymer chemistry. He has more than 100 patents in diverse polymer applications, such as dentistry, health care, display and graphics, photoinitiators, optics and nanoparticles and has published nearly 90 papers in prestigious journals. 
  • The 3M Hutchinson Plant in Minnesota was awarded the 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA). 3M Hutchinson’s hearing conservation program was recognized for its integrated approach to worker hearing health including statistically driven noise exposure assessments, implementation of a Buy-Quiet equipment program, and noise control for existing equipment.
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Sustainability

  • 3M Canada’s Brockville, Ontario tape manufacturing facility earned accredited registration to the ISO 50001 international standard and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program at the highest level—Platinum—for its energy efficiency accomplishments. The facility is only the second in the world to receive this recognition and the first in Canada.  ISO 50001 is a voluntary international standard promoting energy management in businesses. The SEP designation indicates that additional energy management and performance verification requirements have been
  • 3M ranked No. 12 on Interbrand’s 2012 list of “Best Global Green Brands.” Brand consultancy firm Interbrand commended 3M (one of the leading American brands on the list) for its enduring commitment to sustainability citing its high score in Stakeholder Engagement, a product portfolio that is as strong as it is sustainable, and the awards it garnered in 2012, such as the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. To make the list, companies must perform well in both sustainability performance and perception. 
  • For a record-setting eighth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again from 2005 to 2012 with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
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International

  • 3M was named “2012 Best Innovator Company in Brazil” in a competition promoted by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Brazilian business magazine Epoca Negocios. The contest focused on the “how to” of innovation and what leading companies do to achieve growth through innovation strategies. Eighty companies were evaluated based on the following criteria: strategy; process; culture and organization; structure and support; and innovation results. 3M was highlighted in the culture and organization.
  • 3M Chile ranked sixth on the annual list of the “Most Respected Companies” in Chile as compiled by research company Adimark and La Segunda newspaper. 3M Chile ranked No. 1 for “innovation” for the second consecutive year. 3M Chile was also No. 1 for “working environment,” fifth for “better satisfying customer needs” (up from ninth in 2011) and sixth for “doing something about the environment” (up from ninth in 2011).
  • 3M was honored by the National Committee on United States—China Relations for improving lives through innovation and for its commitment to China over several decades. Established in 1984 as a wholly-owned, foreign-invested enterprise, 3M China Limited today spans 12 subsidiaries, 27 offices and 11 manufacturing sites.
  • The Healthcare Division of 3M India was named Wound Management Company of the Year during the Frost & Sullivan's 4th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards.  The awards recognize innovative growth strategies and solutions adopted by top companies in the healthcare industry. Companies were evaluated based on criteria ranging from revenue generation and market share to technological innovation and clinical excellence. It was noted that the efforts undertaken by the 3M division to train the nursing fraternity has helped raise the standards of care in wound management.
  • 3M was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2013) by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The national honor identifies employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. 3M Canada received the award for its efforts to engage employees in a productive and supportive company culture, to inspire ongoing learning and continued development, and to support the communities in which the company operates. Candidates were  graded on (1) physical workplace; (2) work and social atmosphere; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement. 
  • 3M Canada was recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in Canada. 3M Canada also was honored with the award in 2011. The award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation towards engaging their employees. Applicants are evaluated based on communication, leadership, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility. 
  • 3M was named among the top 20 “Ideal Employers” for engineering students in a study conducted by research firm Universum in Singapore. 3M ranked No. 30 among business students and No. 23 among IT students. More than 2,000 students from four of Singapore’s leading academic institutions participated in the survey.  
  • 3M made the 2012 list of “China’s Top 100 Green Companies” for the fourth consecutive year and was ranked among the top 10 greenest foreign enterprises in China by the Daonong Centre for Enterprise and Green Herald Magazine.
    3M India received the prestigious DL Shah National Award on Economics of Quality from the Quality Council of India. 3M captured the award under the Large-Scale Manufacturing Sector category for its significant efforts in ensuring a superior quality management system.
  • Scientist Alan Hodgson, 3M Security Systems Division (United Kingdom), received the 2012 HP Image Permanence Award for “… his support of academic research and training the next generation of scientists studying the permanence of imaging materials; his work on developing international standards on the permanence and preservation of digital printing materials; his significant contributions to the technical literature; and his long history of volunteer work for the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, the Royal Photographic Society, and the Institute of Physics Printing and Graphics Science Group.” The award is sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company with participation of the International Institute for Conservation for Historic and Artistic Works.

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Business

  • 3M ESPE was named the most innovative company in the worldwide dental industry for the eighth consecutive year, based on new product approvals and international patents. The Anaheim Group, distributor of Dental Fax Weekly published the report, citing 63 innovations from 3M ESPE in 2012. The reported also cited 375 total innovations by 3M ESPE (2007-2012), versus 213 for the second most innovative company.
  • 3M received the 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Supplier Award from Bombardier Aerospace for its sustainable operations. Suppliers were evaluated based on their achievements according to Bombardier’s six CSR pillars: governing effectively; valuing employees; building responsible products; operating sustainably; engaging suppliers; and acting as a responsible citizen.
  • 3M Renewable Energy Division, a supplier of back sheets and other materials for solar modules, received a SolarWorld Award for outstanding achievements in the areas of sustainability and environmental compatibility. SolarWorld AG presented its first supplier awards to companies that have contributed to its production in German and the U.S. towards its goal to provide clean energy. Special recognition was given to 3M’s sustainability report.

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Products

  • 3M and Esys Automation were named 2012 Automotive News PACE Award winners for their joint submission of the automated precision wheel balance system AutoW8t, which installs 3M™ Wheel Weights. Together, the companies helped initiate a leap forward in tire and wheel assembly technology, improving the speed, quality and cost of OEM high-speed tire balancing processes.
  • Seven 3M products captured the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2012:
    • Scotch® Box Dispenser for Scotch® Magic™ Tape
    • Scotch® Magic™ A Greener Choice Glass Dispenser  
    • 3M™ Mobile Projector 225a
    • 3M™ ESPE™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive
    • 3M™ Unitek™ Incognito™ Lite Appliance System
    • Filtrete™ Water Station
    • Scotch-Brite™ Windows Cleaner 
  • 3M Health Care was honored with two Edison Awards, which recognize the most innovative products in the world. Receiving Silver Edison awards were:
    • 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape (for Quality of Life in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category)
    • Aerobic Procedure for Lactic Acid Bacteria with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aerobic Count Plate (for Analytic Systems in the Science/Medical category).
  • 3M™ Stain Resistant Additives and Sealers (SRA-250, SRA-270 and SRA-450) received the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award from Today’s Facility Manager magazine. The products are 3M’s newest additions to its portfolio of stain resistant additives and sealers for concrete, stone and other porous materials.
  • 3M won the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership (ML 100) Award in the Innovative Enterprise category for 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives. Sponsored by the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, the ML 100 award honors manufacturing companies that shape the future of global manufacturing.

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2011

 

3M Awards 2011

 

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Rankings
  • 3M was named a 2011 Top Supporter of engineering programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This is based on a survey conducted by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine of deans of technical education programs at 14 HBCUs and the corporate academic alliance, Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, 3M ESPE was named the most innovative company in the global dental industry. A report published by The Anaheim Group in the 2011 Dental Industry Review cited 81 innovations for 3M ESPE in 2011, calling it a “patent dynamo” both in the U.S. and Europe.
  • 3M was named among the top 50 of “The World’s Most Attractive Employers” in a survey conducted by research firm Universum. More than 160,000 undergraduate business and engineering students worldwide participated in the survey.   
  • 3M ranked No. 16 in the first-ever “Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.”  Earlier in the year, 3M Europe set a new record by ranking No. 5 on the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe, which was led by 3M Germany who attained the No. 1 position in the list of German Great Places to Work.
  • 3M came in at No. 10 in the Corporate Reputation and Social Responsibility Rankings (CSR) Index, which ranks the top 50 U.S. companies that consumers distinguish for corporate social responsibility.   
  • 3M ranked third in corporate reputation among 60 of the most visible companies in the U.S. according to the 12th annual Harris Interactive U.S. Reputation Quotient®  Survey. The survey asked 30,000 members of the American general public to rate companies based on their reputation on 20 different attributes.
  • 3M made Inc. Magazine’s list of “Top Nine Company Names.” Other companies on the list include Google and Kodak. 
  • 3M ranked No. 97 on the 2011 Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the U.S. based on revenue.
  • Ranked by revenue, 3M came in at No. 5 on the Star Tribune 100 listing of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota.
  • 3M ranked No. 4 on the list of "Most Reputable Companies" based on a survey conducted by the Reputation Institute in conjunction with Forbes. The survey asked people about their perceptions of the 150 largest U.S. companies based on revenue.
  • With R&D spending of $1.43 billion over the last four quarters, 3M ranked No. 2 on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's list featuring top 25 publicly held companies in Minnesota.
  • 3M was named among the Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2011 by Savoy Magazine. The survey ranked companies based on their management philosophy, communication efforts, career opportunities and diversity outreach efforts, among other factors.
  • 3M ranked sixth on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's list of "100 Best Corporate Citizens," leading a group of seven Minnesota companies on the list, including General Mills Inc., Hormel Corp., Target Corp., Medtronic Inc., Mosaic Co., and Xcel Energy Inc.
  • 3M ranked No. 7 on Barron's list of the "World's Most Respected Companies" (up from No. 15 in 2010).
  • 3M ranked No. 2 on CareerBliss.com’s 2011 list of “50 Happiest Companies in America.” Using information provided by employees, CareerBliss.com rated companies in categories including growth opportunity, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, and job security.
  • Fortune magazine ranked 3M No. 15 on its 2011 list of “50 Most Admired Companies.”
  • Thomson Reuters named 3M among the “2011 Top 100 Global Innovators” based on a series of patent-related metrics. Inclusion on the list confirms an organization’s commitment to progressing innovation globally, protecting ideas and commercializing inventions.

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Recognition
  • 3M was named winner of the 2011 World Technology Award in the Materials (Corporate) category.  Winners are selected by members of the World Technology Network for doing the innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance.”
  • 3M received the Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Department of Defense to companies that provide “exceptional support” to their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.
  • 3M's law department was named winner of the 2011 Employer of Choice Award for the Midwest region by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Of 3M's 92 lawyers, 46 are women or minorities.
  • 3M was awarded the 2011 Member of the Year Award from the Institute of Corporate Productivity (i4cp). The award is presented to member companies that demonstrate unique and successful programs to increase workforce productivity within their organization.
  • 3M was named “2011 Supplier of the Year” by Imark Group, the largest organization of electrical distributors in the U.S. The award recognizes 3M’s commitment to a quality product portfolio and marketing support through training, communication and field sales engagement. This is the second time in three years that Imark conferred the honor on 3M.
  • The American Heart Association named 3M a “Fit-Friendly Company.” The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace.3M Austin Center in Texas received a 2011 Business Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce for outstanding health and wellness programs (large business category). The award recognized 3M Healthy Living Resources and 3M Austin Fitness Center for programs designed to help employees lead a healthier, more active lifestyle. 3M was also honored for its health and fitness staff.
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Sustainability

  • 3M was named among the 100 greenest U.S. companies on Newsweek’s annual “Green Rankings” of the 500 largest public U.S. companies. 3M ranked No. 85. 
  • 3M was selected as a member of the 2011/2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a global stock index that recognizes and tracks the performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. 3M was one of only four diversified industrial companies selected and led the sector in the following key dimensions: Corporate Governance, Innovation Management, Operational Eco-Efficiency, Water-Related Risk Management and Human Capital Development.
  • 3M ranked No. 2 on Interbrand’s 2011 list of “Best Global Green Brands.”  Brand consultancy Interbrand commended 3M for adopting an environmental policy in 1975, for offering more green solutions to customers, and for its corporate citizenship and award-winning energy management program. The study assessed brands by both consumer perception and environmental performance.
  • For a record-setting seventh consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again from 2005 to 2011 with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
  • 3M Austin's Research Boulevard plant ranked 52nd on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Fortune 500 Green Power Partnerships" list. The ranking highlights the annual green power purchases of leading U.S. organizations. Sixteen percent of 3M Austin's total electricity use comes from green power, specifically biogas and wind.
  • 3M received the “2011 Excellence in Partnership Award” from the U.S. General Services Administration. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the environment through the use of environmentally friendly products/services or adhering to environmentally friendly manufacturing/operating procedures.
  • Duquesne University’s Beard Institute granted 3M the “Green to Gold Award” for demonstrating commercial success in sustainable business practices.
  • 3M was named one of the top three companies in the category “Germany’s Most Sustainable Strategies for the Future (Concern)” at the German Sustainability Awards ceremony. 3M was recognized for its achievements in combining economic success with social responsibility and environmental awareness.
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International

  • 3M India ranked No. 60 on Business and Economy magazine’s 2011 list of “India’s Top 100 Wealth Creators.” Rankings were based on absolute market capitalization increase between January 1, 2010 and December 30, 2011.
  • 3M is among the most desirable employers in Singapore according to JobCentral Group’s online survey of undergraduates. 3M ranked No. 3 among private employers, following Apple and Google.
  • 3M received the “Best Innovator” award in Germany for its best-in-class innovation management and corporate venturing. The award honors3M for the unique way it identifies innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs with game-changing technologies and novel business models. The award is given under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology every year by consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Wirtschaftswoche magazine and recognizes the best innovators in nine industry sectors.
  • 3M India Limited ranked No. 275 in the 2011 “Compendium of Golden 400 Large-Cap Companies” compiled by the Dalal Street Investment Journal.
  • 3M Germany was honored with the “German Human Resources Award” from Personalwirtschaft magazine for its holistic “Build on Strengths” concept and sustainable human resources strategy.
  • 3M India Limited ranked 189th in Business Today magazine’s listing of “India’s Most Valuable Top-500 Companies” based on average market capitalization for April-September 2011.
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Products

  • Six 3M products captured the 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award, which recognizes products that “brighten and enhance society through design.” Winners from 3M were:
    • Filtrete™ Slim Water Pitcher
    • Filtrete™ Water Station
    • Post-it® Z-Notes Natural Dispenser
    • Post-it® and Scotch® Pebble Dispensers for Post-it® Super Sticky Pop-up Notes and Scotch® Magic™ Tape
    • Scotch® Pop-up Tape Refillable Desk Grip Dispenser
    • Scotch-Brite™ Windows Cleaner
  • Recognized as one of the most technologically significant products introduced in the past year, 3M™ Twin Axial Ribbon Cable SL8800 Series solution received R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Award. 3M Twin Axial Cable solutions are the electronic industry’s first known flat, foldable and longitudinally shielded high-performance twin axial ribbon cables.
  • 3M’s landmark Cubitron™ II abrasives technology platform won the TechAmerica Foundation’s American Technology Award in the manufacturing category. The award is presented annually to signify American industry’s best technological achievements in 14 categories. Cubitron II represents a cutting and grinding breakthrough that raises productivity, lowers costs and improves safety.
  • 3M won two Edison awards for "2011 Best New Products." 3M™ Filtrete™ Water Station won the Silver award in the Consumer Packaged Goods--Household category. 3M™ Integrated Cycler won the Bronze award in the Science & Medical—Diagnostics Aids category.
  • 3M™ Sun Control Window Films were named a 2011 Top Products Award Winner by Building Operating Management Magazine. The award recognizes the most popular manufacturers and suppliers of the year as determined by building and facility executives who participated in a national survey.

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2010

 

3M Awards 2010

 

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Rankings and Recognition

Rankings
  • 3M ESPE once again ranked no. 1 as Technical Innovator in the 2010 annual Dental Industry Review's Innovation Index. This is the sixth year that 3M ESPE has topped this category.
  • 3M ranked no. 3 in the 2010 annual Booz & Company Global Innovation Study, which measures innovation based on investments in research and development. Rankings are determined not by the amount spent on R&D, but on how it is spent. 3M came out ahead of companies that dwarf its R&D spending, such as GE, Toyota, Microsoft and IBM.
  • 3M ranked no. 44 in Industry Week's U.S. 500 Rankings.
  • 3M ranked no. 2 in the "general industrials" category and no. 22 overall in Newsweek's Green Rankings of the 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies (up from no. 40 last year).
  • For the first time, 3M joined Interbrand's list of 100 Best Global Brands, coming in at no. 90.
  • 3M tied at no. 43 with McGraw Hill in NetProspex's ranking of the Top 50 Most Social Firms. The ranking is based on social network usage of employees.
  • 3M ranked no. 1 on the Top 100 Companies list published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The list ranks Minnesota's largest publicly held companies by market value.
  • 3M ranked fourth among the best-regarded large U.S. companies according to a Harris Interactive survey. The survey asked 29,000 consumers about the reputations of 60 visible corporations.
  • 3M ranked 106th in the Fortune 500 annual ranking of America's largest corporations.
  • 3M ranked 32nd in Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 2010 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
  • 3M ranked 37th in the "Medical and Other Precision Equipment" category of Fortune Magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
  • 3M ranked 15th in Barron's list of the "World's Most Respected Companies." 3M ranked 13th in 2009.
  • 3M ranked 3rd in the list of "Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership." The list is based on an annual study conducted by Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.com. The Top 20 companies continued to make leadership development a priority over the past year, in spite of the economy.

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Recognition
  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasive received the acclaimed R&D 100 Award as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year according to R&D Magazine. The product also received the 2010 R&D 100 Editor's Choice Award.
  • 3M received one of the first-ever Gigaton Awards recognizing the company's leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability. The Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization, developed and sponsored the Gigaton and presented the awards during the 2010 World Climate Summit. 3M received the Best in Class award, which recognizes an overall leader of the awardees. 3M will pass on its award to next year's leader at the 2011 World Climate Summit.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2010-2011 global sustainability index.
  • 3M China Co. Ltd. was awarded the "Low Carbon Promoter of a Green Global Economy" certificate for 3M™ Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced by the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA).
  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives were named a TEKNE Award (Advanced Manufacturing) winner by the Minnesota High Tech Association.
  • 3M received two Gold Awards at The Edison Best New Products Award gala. The Gold award is the top honor given for product excellence in innovation, creativity and ingenuity. The two awards were given to 3M™ Pocket Projector MPro150 in the technology category and 3M™ Littmann® Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 with Zargis Cardioscan™ Software in the electronics and computers category.
  • Scotchgard Stone Floor Protector won the 2010 Most Innovative Products (MIP) Award at the World of Concrete Show.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 with ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
  • 3M was recognized with a Gold Class distinction in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2010. The yearbook is a corporate sustainability assessment published by SAM and PricewaterCoopers. To qualify for the SAM Gold Class, the SAM Sector Leader must achieve a minimum total score of 75%. Peer group companies whose total score is within 5% of the SAM Sector Leader are also awarded the SAM Gold Class. 3M's score was 81% -- within 1% of the Sector Leader, Siemens.

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Sustainability

  • 3M received one of the first-ever Gigaton Awards recognizing the company's leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability. The Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization, developed and sponsored the Gigaton and presented the awards during the 2010 World Climate Summit. 3M received the Best in Class award, which recognizes an overall leader of the awardees. 3M will pass on its award to next year's leader at the 2011 World Climate Summit.
  • 3M ranked no. 2 in the "general industrials" category and no. 22 overall in Newsweek's Green Rankings of the 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies (up from no. 40 last year).
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2010-2011 global sustainability index.
  • 3M China Co. Ltd. was awarded the "Low Carbon Promoter of a Green Global Economy" certificate for 3M™ Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced by the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA).
  • For the sixth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 with ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
  • 3M was recognized with a Gold Class distinction in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2010. The yearbook is a corporate sustainability assessment published by SAM and PricewaterCoopers. To qualify for the SAM Gold Class, the SAM Sector Leader must achieve a minimum total score of 75%. Peer group companies whose total score is within 5% of the SAM Sector Leader are also awarded the SAM Gold Class. 3M's score was 81% -- within 1% of the Sector Leader, Siemens.

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International

  • 3M Singapore’s Woodlands Plant received a “Green Mark for Buildings” Gold Award from Singapore’s Building Construction Authority for its commitment to energy efficiency. Energy-saving measures at the 3M plant include use of 3M HVAC filters to reduce power consumption at the air handling unit and use of 3M solar films to reduce heat load into the building.  
  • 3M received one of the first-ever Gigaton Awards recognizing the company's leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability. The Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization, developed and sponsored the Gigaton and presented the awards during the 2010 World Climate Summit. 3M received the Best in Class award, which recognizes an overall leader of the awardees. 3M will pass on its award to next year's leader at the 2011 World Climate Summit.
  • 3M China Co. Ltd. was awarded the "Low Carbon Promoter of a Green Global Economy" certificate for 3M™ Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced by the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA).

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Business

  • 3M ESPE once again ranked no. 1 as Technical Innovator in the 2010 annual Dental Industry Review's Innovation Index. This is the sixth year that 3M ESPE has topped this category

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Products

  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasive received the acclaimed R&D 100 Award as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year according to R&D Magazine. The product also received the 2010 R&D 100 Editor's Choice Award.
  • 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives were named a TEKNE Award (Advanced Manufacturing) winner by the Minnesota High Tech Association.
  • 3M China Co. Ltd. was awarded the "Low Carbon Promoter of a Green Global Economy" certificate for 3M™ Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced by the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA).
  • 3M received two Gold Awards at The Edison Best New Products Award gala. The Gold award is the top honor given for product excellence in innovation, creativity and ingenuity. The two awards were given to 3M™ Pocket Projector MPro150 in the technology category and 3M™ Littmann® Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 with Zargis Cardioscan™ Software in the electronics and computers category.
  • Scotchgard Stone Floor Protector won the 2010 Most Innovative Products (MIP) Award at the World of Concrete Show.

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2009

 

3M Awards 2009

 

Rankings and Recognition
Sustainability
International
Business
Products

Ranking and Recognition

Rankings
  • Based on 2008 annual revenue, 3M ranked 17th in the 2009 Consumer Goods Registry's listing of the 100 top-performing consumer goods companies.
  • 3M ranked 16th in the world and 10th in North America on Fortune magazine's 2009 "World's Best Companies for Leaders" list.
  • 3M ranked 40th in Newsweek magazine's "Green Rankings," an environmental ranking of America's 500 largest companies. The Green Rankings are based on a company's environmental impact, policies, performance, and reputation. 3M's rank puts it in the top 10 percent of U.S. companies.
  • 3M ranked 95th in the Fortune 500 annual ranking of America's Largest Corporations.
  • 3M ranks No. 17 on the Corporate Responsibility Officer's (CRO) 2009 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. The rankings were determined by 27 leading corporate responsibility practitioners representing nine major industry segments at the CRO Conference in Chicago last October.
  • Harris Interactive survey ranked 3M 9th in their list of Most Admired Companies.
  • 3M Greece was recognized as one of Greece's "Best Places to Work," ranking seventh among companies with 50 to 250 employees and eighth in the overall list of participating companies. It is the first time 3M Greece has participated in the competition. The Great Places to Work Institute recognizes companies with the best working environments according to the following criteria:
    • Trust and confidence in management
    • Respect to the employees
    • Fairness and equality
    • Pride for being member of the company
    • Companionship and team spirit amongst employees
  • 3M ranks no. 41 in BusinessWeek's global list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies.
  • 3M ranks no. 5 in the Star Tribune 100 list of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota (ranked by revenue).
  • 3M ranked no. 13 among Barron's World's Most Respected Companies. In Barron's survey, money managers were asked to indicate the degree to which they respect—or don't respect—the world's 100 largest public companies.

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Recognition
  • 3M was listed among the Top 100 Influential Enterprises of Global Environmental Protection by the International Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA), which is committed to development in China.
  • 3M was awarded the Best China Corporate Citizen Award by 21st Century Business Herald in recognition of its sustainability principles, environmental protection and social responsibility.
  • 3M was awarded the Best China Commercial Model Award by 21st Century Business Herald and 21st Century Business Review for its leadership in R&D, its diversified technology platforms and its innovative products serving dozens of diverse markets.
  • 3M earned a coveted spot on Staffers magazine's Top 50 Employerslist for 2009, confirming its status as an employer of choice for China's young professionals.
  • 3M Performance Label Materials received the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institutes (TLMI). The award recognizes companies that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction,, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new "clean" technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2009-2010 global sustainability index. 3M is included in the DJSI's Diversified Industrials sector and received top marks for its work around innovation, environmental reporting, labor practices, and human capital development.
  • 3M Optical Systems Division received the Alliance to Save Energy's "Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency" Award for its Vikuiti™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Films (DBEF) for LCD TVs and monitors. The Innovative Star award recognizes an emerging technology or service that has the potential to transform a sector of the energy efficiency market. The 3M DBEF Film, a reflective polarizer, enables energy savings of up to 32 percent for LCD TVs and 30 percent for monitors.
  • Dr. Sumita Mitra received the 2009 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society for the development of 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative and for her world-class research and contributions in the field of dental materials, including resin-modified glass ionomers, adhesives and nanotechnology-based dental materials. This is the third time that 3M scientists have been recognized with the award. Past awardees include teams responsible for developing 3M hydrofluoroethers (HFEs) (1997) and Aldara™ (imiquimod) cream 5% (2004).
  • 3M Health Care was awarded the 2009 GHX Best in Class Award for achieving the highest year-over-year market share growth for distributed products in the Sterilization product category for 2008. 3M Health Care was among 30 leading medical-surgical product manufacturers recognized by GHX in five market segments. Winners were determined using GHX Market Intelligence reports, which analyze national distributed sales transaction data.
  • 3M Carlton Society member Dr. Carl Stinson Miller was posthumously inducted into the Minnesota Inventor's Hall of Fame for inventing the world's first easy-to-use, dry copy copier, the Thermo-Fax Duplicating Machine. His machine, commercially introduced in 1950, made carbon paper virtually obsolete and helped create the modern copying industry.
  • In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, 3M has been selected for inclusion in the 2008/09 Dow Jones Sustainability Index that tracks the performance of sustainability-driven companies worldwide. 3M has been included in the index every year since its inception in 1999.
  • 3M is one of just seven mid- and large-cap companies highlighted in an updated April 15, 2009, article titled, "These Companies Will Get Better in a Recession," on The Motley Fool Web site (www.fool.com). According to the article, "Even recessions can be blessings in disguise for strong, well-run businesses — but it takes some time for these blessings to become apparent. And that's why it's important to identify now the companies that will likely enjoy these advantages going forward."
  • 3M received the 2009 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for continuous improvement in energy management. 3M has earned recognition from ENERGY STAR for the sixth year running-- the only company to do so in the industrial category. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 with ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Awards.
  • 3M scientist George Moore was chosen to receive the Minnesota Award of the American Chemical Society's Minnesota Section. Moore was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences. His publications, patents and contribution to innovative 3M products, including synthesis of the first COX-2 inhibitor, testified to his record scientific achievement.
  • 3M Corporate Scientist Dr. George Moore received the 2009 American Chemical Society Industrial Chemistry Award for his work in fluoromaterials research. With 122 patents, Dr. Moore holds the second-largest number of patents among scientists at 3M.
  • The U.S. Industrial Adhesives & Tape Division (IATD) Green Adhesives Website brought global recognition for both 3M and IATD by winning the 2009 Hermes Creative Award (Platinum Award) for outstanding quality, creativity and resourcefulness. Visit the site at http://www.3m.com/adhesives

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Sustainability

  • 3M was one of 10 companies to receive BusinessWeek's Greener China Business Award. 3M was recognized for its strong green focus reflected in the company's innovative products and for its projects specifically carried out in China. All of the winners are leaders in adopting and promoting environmentally responsible processes.
  • 3M China received the Outstanding Contribution Award for Green Products and Technology at the fourth Shanghai International Energy Reserve and Emission Reduction Expo sponsored by Shanghai Energy Reserve Office and Shanghai Energy Reserve Association.
  • 3M was listed among the Top 100 Influential Enterprises of Global Environmental Protection by the International Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA), which is committed to development in China.
  • 3M Performance Label Materials received the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institutes (TLMI). The award recognizes companies that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction,, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new "clean" technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program.
  • 3M ranked 40th in Newsweek magazine's "Green Rankings," an environmental ranking of America's 500 largest companies. The Green Rankings are based on a company's environmental impact, policies, performance, and reputation. 3M's rank puts it in the top 10 percent of U.S. companies.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2009-2010 global sustainability index. 3M is included in the DJSI's Diversified Industrials sector and received top marks for its work around innovation, environmental reporting, labor practices, and human capital development.

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International

  • 3M was listed among the Top 100 Influential Enterprises of Global Environmental Protection by the International Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA), which is committed to development in China.
  • 3M was awarded the Best China Corporate Citizen Award by 21st Century Business Herald in recognition of its sustainability principles, environmental protection and social responsibility.
  • 3M was awarded the Best China Commercial Model Award by 21st Century Business Herald and 21st Century Business Review for its leadership in R&D, its diversified technology platforms and its innovative products serving dozens of diverse markets.
  • 3M earned a coveted spot on Staffers magazine's Top 50 Employers list for 2009, confirming its status as an employer of choice for China's young professionals.
  • 3M was one of 10 companies to receive BusinessWeek's Greener China Business Award. 3M was recognized for its strong green focus reflected in the company's innovative products and for its projects specifically carried out in China. All of the winners are leaders in adopting and promoting environmentally responsible processes.
  • 3M China received the Outstanding Contribution Award for Green Products and Technology at the fourth Shanghai International Energy Reserve and Emission Reduction Expo sponsored by Shanghai Energy Reserve Office and Shanghai Energy Reserve Association.
  • 3M China was recognized as the benchmark company of "China Green Companies." 3M was the only foreign-invested company given the honor by Daonong Center for Enterprise (DCE) together with Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, China Entrepreneur Magazine, Sina.com, Society of Entrepreneur Ecology (SEE) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Experts evaluated enterprises based on criteria, including corporate culture, business advantages, eco-friendly operation, socially responsible fulfillment and innovation.
  • 3M was awarded the U.K.'s Carbon Trust Standard for taking action on climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of its U.K. operations. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's first carbon award that requires an organization to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and make real reductions year after year.
  • 3M Greece was recognized as one of Greece's "Best Places to Work," ranking seventh among companies with 50 to 250 employees and eighth in the overall list of participating companies. It is the first time 3M Greece has participated in the competition. The Great Places to Work Institute recognizes companies with the best working environments according to the following criteria:
    • Trust and confidence in management
    • Respect to the employees
    • Fairness and equality
    • Pride for being member of the company
    • Companionship and team spirit amongst employees
  • 3M Health Care Clitheroe won the 2009 Manufacturing Excellence Award, one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious business awards. The site was chosen in the "people effectiveness" category of the award, which is organized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Winning factors included the site's training and development program and how the site engages employees and the local community.
    3M U.K. facilities have amassed health and safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) this year. The awards reward companies whose daily contributions keep employees safe and healthy. Awards and recipients include:
    • Order of Distinction: 3M Bangor.
    • President's Award: 3M Bedford Distribution Center, 3M UK Plc Atherstone, 3M Aycliffe.
    • Gold Medal Award: 3M Health Care Clitheroe, 3M Health Care Loughborough, 3M UK Plc Manchester, 3M United Kingdom Plc.
    • Gold Award: 3M Gorseinon, 3M Hillington.
    • Silver Award: 3M UK Plc Northallerton.
    • Bronze Award: 3M Health Care Bridgend.

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Business

  • 3M Performance Label Materials (part of 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division) received the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institutes (TLMI). The award recognizes companies that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction,, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new "clean" technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program.
  • 3M Optical Systems Division received the Alliance to Save Energy's "Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency" Award for its Vikuiti™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Films (DBEF) for LCD TVs and monitors. The Innovative Star award recognizes an emerging technology or service that has the potential to transform a sector of the energy efficiency market. The 3M DBEF Film, a reflective polarizer, enables energy savings of up to 32 percent for LCD TVs and 30 percent for monitors.
  • 3M Health Care was awarded the 2009 GHX Best in Class Award for achieving the highest year-over-year market share growth for distributed products in the Sterilization product category for 2008. 3M Health Care was among 30 leading medical-surgical product manufacturers recognized by GHX in five market segments. Winners were determined using GHX Market Intelligence reports, which analyze national distributed sales transaction data.
  • The 3M™ All Weather Paint Pavement Marking System from the Traffic Safety Systems Division was honored with a Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award, winning first place in the "Innovations in Technology" category. The award, bestowed by The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation, recognizes outstanding efforts to help reduce roadway work zone accidents, injuries and fatalities.
  • 3M is one of just seven mid- and large-cap companies highlighted in an updated April 15, 2009, article titled, "These Companies Will Get Better in a Recession," on The Motley Fool Web site (www.fool.com). According to the article, "Even recessions can be blessings in disguise for strong, well-run businesses — but it takes some time for these blessings to become apparent. And that's why it's important to identify now the companies that will likely enjoy these advantages going forward."
  • The U.S. Industrial Adhesives & Tape Division (IATD) Green Adhesives Website brought global recognition for both 3M and IATD by winning the 2009 Hermes Creative Award (Platinum Award) for outstanding quality, creativity and resourcefulness. Visit the site at http://www.3m.com/adhesives

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Products

  • 3M Optical Systems Division received the Alliance to Save Energy's "Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency" Award for its Vikuiti™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Films (DBEF) for LCD TVs and monitors. The Innovative Star award recognizes an emerging technology or service that has the potential to transform a sector of the energy efficiency market. The 3M DBEF Film, a reflective polarizer, enables energy savings of up to 32 percent for LCD TVs and 30 percent for monitors.
  • Dr. Sumita Mitra received the 2009 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society for the development of 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative and for her world-class research and contributions in the field of dental materials, including resin-modified glass ionomers, adhesives and nanotechnology-based dental materials. This is the third time that 3M scientists have been recognized with the award. Past awardees include teams responsible for developing 3M hydrofluoroethers (HFEs) (1997) and Aldara™ (imiquimod) cream 5% (2004).
  • The 3M™ All Weather Paint Pavement Marking System from the Traffic Safety Systems Division was honored with a Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award, winning first place in the "Innovations in Technology" category. The award, bestowed by The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation, recognizes outstanding efforts to help reduce roadway work zone accidents, injuries and fatalities.

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2008

 

3M Awards 2008

 

Rankings and Recognition 
Sustainability
International
Business
Products

Rankings and Recognition

Rankings
  • 3M came in at no. 1 in the 2008 ranking of Top 20 Best Companies for Leaders. The Hay Group and Chief Executive magazine conducted the study, which identified top 20 companies worldwide that demonstrate leadership development at the highest level. According to the study, 3M emphasizes relationships and involvement with the company's senior executives and programs where leaders teach leaders. The company rose from 15th place in 2007's ranking to first place in 2008.
  • Based on revenue, 3M ranked no. 327 in the 2008 Fortune Global 500 ranking of the "World's Largest Corporations" (previous rank was no. 302). 3M ranked no. 4 in the Miscellaneous industry category (previous rank was no. 3).
  • 3M is among America's favorites companies according to the results of the ninth-annual Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient Survey. 3M ranked no. 4 on the list. Companies were evaluated based on emotional appeal, products and services, social responsibility, vision and leadership, workplace environment and financial performance. 3M was a high scorer in emotional appeal and products and services.
  • Scotch® Tape ranked no. 3 among the 2008 Top 20 Most Competitive Consumer Goods Companies in a study by wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm. Scotch Tape ranked no.5 in 2007. Ratings measures a company's ability to generate sustainable economic profit through competitive moats, or barriers to entry, as rated by consumers.
  • 3M ranked as follows in the 2008 Fortune 500 listing of "America's Largest Corporations."
    • Overall: No. 100 (down from no. 97 last year)
    • Profits: No. 42
    • Market value: No. 45
    • In Minnesota: No. 6 (down from no. 5 last year)
    • Miscellaneous Industry category: No. 1 (same as last year)
  • 3M ranked no. 22 on Business Week magazine's list of the "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies."
  • HighJump Software was cited as a leader in the warehouse management system (WMS) industry by independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. According to Forrester, HighJump's strengths include, "a well-architected and configurable workflow engine, a laser-focused product strategy, rapid implementation methodology, excellent versatility, and good support for value-added services."
  • 3M was named in Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" ranking no. 19 overall and no. 3 in the Medical and Other Precision Equipment category.
  • For the third year running, 3M ESPE ranks as the "Most Innovative Company in the Dental Industry" according to the 2007 Dental Industry Review, a report published by The Anaheim Group.

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Recognition
  • The 3M Cesko (Czech Republic) Consumer Office Division was awarded the 2008 Product of the Year Award for the Post-it® product line as a Partner4 Office member of the European Office Supplies Alliance (EOSA). The award evaluates product quality, brand awareness, marketing/sales activity and support, and overall product and brand support.
  • In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, 3M has been selected for inclusion in the 2008/09 Dow Jones Sustainability Index that tracks the performance of sustainability-driven companies worldwide. 3M has been included in the index every year since its inception in 1999.
  • 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division (OH&ESD) was awarded a 2008 Reader's Choice award by RSES Journal. The division's 3M™ Full Facepiece 6700DIN Respirator was rated as one of the most-inquired-about products in the journal published by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society in 2008.
  • For the fourth year running, 3M ESPE ranks as the "Most Innovative Company in the Dental Industry" according to the 2008 Dental Industry Review, a report published by The Anaheim Group.
  • For the second year in a row, 3M Colombia was awarded the Environmental Excellence, Generating Sustainable Development Award by Bogota's District Environmental Agency (Secretaria Distrital de Ambiente). The award recognizes organizations that lead in environmental management and performance.
  • 3M™ ESPE™ LAVA™ Chairside Oral Scanner (C.O.S,) won the 2008 Good Design™ Award in the medical category. The award bestows recognition upon designers and manufacturers for invention and originality and for advancing innovative product concepts.
  • 3M received 2008 Bridge Builder ABBY Award for providing exceptional student workforce development opportunities in the Aberdeen S.D. area through apprenticeship, job shadow and summer temporary programs, vocational education for employee, professional development for teachers (TWIST) and Math Counts.
  • 3M's Sustainability Report honored -- 3M was chosen as a finalist for the Ceres - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants North American Sustainability Reporting Awards.
  • 3M was presented with European Office Products Award for Environmental Responsibility for the company's development of recycled Post-it® products.
    Dr. Joseph T. Ling, former 3M Staff Vice President, Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control, was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for his work to promote pollution prevention worldwide. Dr. Ling launched 3M's Pollution Prevention Pays program (3P) in 1975 and was one of the first individuals to articulate and embrace a holistic approach to environmental management that considers impacts to all media (air, water and land) when evaluating policy and program decisions.
  • 3M received a national law enforcement award from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The ATF Honor Award recognized 3M for its on-going support of law enforcement by providing technologies, solutions and access to 3M facilities for a variety of critical investigations.
  • Two 3M products were named among the winners at the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs), the world's most prestigious design competition.
    • 3M™ Speedglas™ SL Welding Helmet (Gold Award, Commercial & Industrial).As the world's lightest welding helmet, Speedglas SL welding helmet brings a new standard to eye protection and comfort for welders.
    • 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner (Bronze Award, Medical & Science). The digital dental impression system captures continuous 3D video images to create precise 3D dental models, allowing immediate chair-side review.
  • 3M again received the 2008 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for continuous improvement in energy management. 3M earned this recognition from ENERGY STAR for the fifth year running-- the only company to do so in the industrial category. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 with ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Awards.
  • 3M's Cynthiana, Kentucky facility was recognized by the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership program (KYEXCEL) for its membership at the highest "Master" level. The voluntary program, established by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, encourages members to complete projects that help improve and protect Kentucky's environment above and beyond the state's environmental requirements.

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Sustainability

  • For the second year in a row, 3M Colombia was awarded the Environmental Excellence, Generating Sustainable Development Award by Bogota's District Environmental Agency (Secretaria Distrital de Ambiente). The award recognizes organizations that lead in environmental management and performance.
  • 3M's Sustainability Report honored -- 3M was chosen as a finalist for the Ceres - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants North American Sustainability Reporting Awards.
  • 3M was presented with European Office Products Award for Environmental Responsibility for the company's development of recycled Post-it® products.
    Dr. Joseph T. Ling, former 3M Staff Vice President, Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control, was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for his work to promote pollution prevention worldwide. Dr. Ling launched 3M's Pollution Prevention Pays program (3P) in 1975 and was one of the first individuals to articulate and embrace a holistic approach to environmental management that considers impacts to all media (air, water and land) when evaluating policy and program decisions.
  • 3M again received the 2008 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for continuous improvement in energy management. 3M earned this recognition from ENERGY STAR for the fifth year running-- the only company to do so in the industrial category. 3M was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and was recognized again in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 with ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Awards.
  • 3M's Cynthiana, Kentucky facility was recognized by the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership program (KYEXCEL) for its membership at the highest "Master" level. The voluntary program, established by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, encourages members to complete projects that help improve and protect Kentucky's environment above and beyond the state's environmental requirements.

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International

  • The 3M Cesko (Czech Republic) Consumer Office Division was awarded the 2008 Product of the Year Award for the Post-it® product line as a Partner4 Office member of the European Office Supplies Alliance (EOSA). The award evaluates product quality, brand awareness, marketing/sales activity and support, and overall product and brand support.

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Business

  • The 3M Cesko (Czech Republic) Consumer Office Division was awarded the 2008 Product of the Year Award for the Post-it® product line as a Partner4 Office member of the European Office Supplies Alliance (EOSA). The award evaluates product quality, brand awareness, marketing/sales activity and support, and overall product and brand support.
  • For the fourth year running, 3M ESPE ranks as the "Most Innovative Company in the Dental Industry" according to the 2008 Dental Industry Review, a report published by The Anaheim Group.
  • 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division (OH&ESD) was awarded a 2008 Reader's Choice award by RSES Journal. The division's 3M™ Full Facepiece 6700DIN Respirator was rated as one of the most-inquired-about products in the journal published by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society in 2008.
  • For the fourth year running, 3M ESPE ranks as the "Most Innovative Company in the Dental Industry" according to the 2008 Dental Industry Review, a report published by The Anaheim Group
  • For the third year running, 3M ESPE ranks as the "Most Innovative Company in the Dental Industry" according to the 2007 Dental Industry Review, a report published by The Anaheim Group.

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Products

  • 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division (OH&ESD) was awarded a 2008 Reader's Choice award by RSES Journal. The division's 3M™ Full Facepiece 6700DIN Respirator was rated as one of the most-inquired-about products in the journal published by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society in 2008.
  • 3M™ ESPE™ LAVA™ Chairside Oral Scanner (C.O.S,) won the 2008 Good Design™ Award in the medical category. The award bestows recognition upon designers and manufacturers for invention and originality and for advancing innovative product concepts.
  • 3M was presented with European Office Products Award for Environmental Responsibility for the company's development of recycled Post-it® products.
  • Scotch® Tape ranked no. 3 among the 2008 Top 20 Most Competitive Consumer Goods Companies in a study by wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm. Scotch Tape ranked no.5 in 2007. wRatings measures a company's ability to generate sustainable economic profit through competitive moats, or barriers to entry, as rated by consumers.
  • Two 3M products were named among the winners at the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs), the world's most prestigious design competition.
    • 3M™ Speedglas™ SL Welding Helmet (Gold Award, Commercial & Industrial). As the world's lightest welding helmet, Speedglas SL welding helmet brings a new standard to eye protection and comfort for welders.
    • 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner (Bronze Award, Medical & Science). The digital dental impression system captures continuous 3D video images to create precise 3D dental models, allowing immediate chair-side review.
  • 3M scientist Scott Culler and retired scientist Stan Collins won the 2008 American Chemical Society National Team Innovation Award for their leadership in the development of 3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives. The award highlights the value and importance of technical teams and teamwork and recognizes a multidisciplinary team for successfully moving an innovative idea to a product in commercial use.

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