Skip to Primary Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content All Site Map

Corporate Profile

3M Performance

3M is fundamentally a science-based company. We produce thousands of imaginative products, and we're a leader in scores of markets - from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives. Our success begins with our ability to apply our technologies - often in combination - to an endless array of real-world customer needs. Of course, all of this is made possible by the people of 3M and their singular commitment to make life easier and better for people around the world. We leverage these competencies to create innovative solutions for our customers and to also provide investors with attractive long-term returns.

Year-end 2016

3M is one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For the most up-to-date financial information, please visit Investor Relations (Worldwide, English).


$30.109 billion
$17.921 billion

60% of company's total

Net Income

Net Income – reported
$5.050 billion
Percent to sales
Earnings per share – diluted – reported


Income tax expense
$1.995 billion


(Paid every quarter since 1916)
Cash dividends paid per share

One original share, if held, is now

R&D and Related Investments

For 2016
$1.735 billion
Total for last five years
$8.617 billion

Capital Investments

For 2016
$1.420 billion
Total for last five years
$7.523 billion


United States

Patents Awarded

In 2016
U.S. 668; Total 3,770
In company history


For detailed information on 3M Leadership, please visit Corporate Governance (Worldwide, English).


  • 26 business units, managed under these five business groups:
    • Consumer
    • Electronics & Energy
    • Health Care
    • Industrial
    • Safety & Graphics
  • Operations in about 29 U.S. states and 70 countries around the world.
  • Laboratories in 36 countries.


  • 46 technology platforms, including:
    • Adhesives
    • Abrasives
    • Electronics & Software
    • Light Management
    • Microreplication
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nonwoven Materials
    • Surface Modification
  • 8,100 researchers worldwide; 4,300 in the United States.


Sustainability Results

  • Pollution Prevention Pays celebrated its 40th anniversary, having now prevented over 2.1 million tons of pollutants since 1975.
  • 3M listed on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 17 consecutive years.
  • 3M released a new expanded parental leave policy that extends the amount of leave, designed to help all parents play active roles in their families.

Community Citizenship/3Mgives

  • Cash and product donations to education, community and environmental programs topped $60 million in 2016; 3Mgives has contributed $1.45 billion since its inception. 3M employees and retirees volunteered more than 300,000 hours improving lives around the world.
Innovation Brochure

3M Science. Applied to Life.

Download Brochure

(English, PDF 800KB)

Related Links