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    How We Connect Intro

    3M Celebrates Sustainable Energy Week with an event
    in Brussels that brought together 3M, 3M customers
    governments, and non-governmental organizations to
    discuss solutions to climate change.


    We’re a diverse company, producing thousands of products through operations in more than 65 countries. We’ve long recognized that dialogue and collaboration with our neighbors, shareholders, employees, and partners is crucial. Locally and at the global level, we’re reaching out and staying in touch.

    In 2005, we developed a new system for engaging stakeholders around the world at the local facility level. Under the new system, each local 3M site develops a custom plan to solicit feedback from various stakeholders. The frequency of these consultations varies according to the stakeholder and the issues at hand. For instance, a 3M location may meet with employee groups monthly and with community leaders and regulators quarterly. The feedback we receive from our stakeholders is invaluable in shaping our sustainability strategies and helps to ensure that we continue to operate in a way that is sensitive to their needs. In 2010, we established a goal as part of our 2015 sustainability goals to challenge our locations to expand their current plans to also include community volunteerism, tracking of local community giving and its impact on key priorities, and formal stakeholder surveys.

    In consulting with stakeholders, facilities use a variety of tools, including:

    • Neighbor meetings
    • Employee meetings
    • Employee surveys
    • Community newsletters
    • Facility open houses and tours
    • Participation in local civic groups
    • Participation in community organizations like chambers of commerce or task forces around issues such as economic development and job creation
    • Facility websites.

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    Engagement at the corporate level

    While the majority of 3M’s stakeholder interaction occurs at the local and regional level where our activities touch our stakeholders, we also engage with stakeholders at the corporate level to address broader issues.

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    Notable Stakeholder Interactions

    World Resources Institute

    We’re working with the World Resources Institute and our fellow members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop a global protocol to quantify carbon emissions in the supply chain and throughout product life cycles.

    Design for the Environment

    Our Building and Commercial Services Division participates in a Design for the Environment (DFE) initiative through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of the initiative, 3M researchers work with government specialists to identify effective chemicals for cleaning products that protect both human and environmental health.

    EPA Energy Star Exhibit House

    In the fall of 2010, 3M teamed up with the U.S. EPA and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to bring the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Exhibit House to the Minnesota State Fair. The event is the second largest state fair in the United States by attendance. The exhibit is an interactive display offering ideas on how to save energy and money at home. Over 30,000 visited the booth at the fair which was part of the MPCA’s Eco Experience building. 3M sponsored the exhibit and provided 300 volunteers to staff the booth during the 10-day event.

       Energy House
    Check out this video

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    A look back at significant milestones from 3M’s rich sustainability legacy.


    Product Spotlight

    Product Spotlights

    3M’s propensity to innovate is our most effective way to promote change.

    Sustainable projects.

    Making a Difference

    Making a Difference

    3M has a commitment to connecting with people—our most valuable resource.

    Community works.

    Goals and Progress

    Goals and Progress

    3M reveals its targets and performance metrics for sustainability.

    Dashboard of data.