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    United Nations Global Compact

    The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. 3M became a signatory member of UN Global in February 2014.

    Our Commitment-Message from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    I am pleased to confirm that 3M supports the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. While we have always acted in accordance with the core values represented by UNGC, we are proud to formalize our commitment to its principles. Through that commitment, we express our intent to implement and make the principles part of the strategy, culture, and day to day operations of our company. We also seek to engage and look forward to collaborative projects which advance the broad development of the goals of the United Nations around the world.

    Sincerely yours,

    Inge G. Thulin
    Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Human Rights

    • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
    • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.  


    • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
    • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
    • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labor; and
    • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 


    • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
    • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
    • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.   


    • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. 

    3M’s Communication on Progress
    3M’s activities and associated work toward implementing the 10 UN Global Compact Principles into business strategies and global operations is provided in our 2014 Sustainability Report.  The UN Global Compact Index included in the report provides a cross reference to each of the 10 principles and our progress within the relevant report sections.



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