Setting goals to drive progress towards sustainability is nothing new at 3M. 3M has been setting environmental goals since 1990. These goals have helped 3M dramatically reduce its environmental footprint.
In 2010, 3M developed its first set of Sustainability Goals. These Goals go beyond the environment and now include social responsibility and economic objectives.
Continuing to improve our environmental performance remains a key component of our 2015 Sustainability Goals, yet there is so much more we are doing:
Reduce Volatile Air Emissions 15% by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
Reduce Waste 10% by 2015 from 2010 base year indexed to net sales
Improve Energy Efficiency 25% by 2015 from 2005 base year, indexed to net sales
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 5% by 2011 from 2006 base year, indexed to net sales
(Goal was set in 2007)
Develop Water Conservation Plans When 3M is located in water scarce and stressed areas
VOC Reductions: 8.6%
Waste: 9.2% reduction
Energy efficiency: 32% improvement from 2005 base year!
Greenhouse Gases: 55% reduction from 2006!
Water conservation plans: 100% plan development
Develop Community Stakeholder Engagement
Plans at 3M Facilities
Review at least 80% of Supplier Spend in the following countries: China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey to Drive Conformance with 3M EHS, Transportation & Labor/Human Relations Policies by 2015.
Enhance the Environmental Sustainability Attributes of New Products
Completed review of 74% of supplier spend in targeted countries
2011 Update Dozens of environmental products introduced. Some examples:
Scotch-Brite™ Botanical Disinfecting Wipes – a no-rinse botanical disinfecting wipe that kills 99.9 percent of household germs.
New Low VOC Aerosols and 3M™ Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesives with up to 50% reduction of volatile air emissions or VOCs.
Collimating Multi-layer Optical Films (CMOF) which eliminate all free-floating films, as well as the light guide from LED LCD backlights.
A look back at significant milestones from 3M’s rich sustainability legacy.