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    Timeline Intro

    1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
    The Year 1930 1932 associate image

    1932

    Stakeholders

    3M began providing short-term and long-term disability coverage and a pension plan for employees in the 1930s. The company institutes one of the nation's first company-paid unemployment insurance plans.


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    1946

    Vision

    President and CEO William L. McKnight offers his management philosophy to guide the company. His belief in encouraging individual initiative, risk-taking, and the freedom to fail enables 3M to manage many diverse businesses and deliver steady growth.


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    1949

    Stakeholders

    First 3M stock purchase plan for employees is introduced.


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    The Year 1950 1951 associate image

    1951

    Stakeholders

    3M Safety and Security Department is created.


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    1953

    Stakeholders

    3M Foundation is established. It is one of the early corporate charitable foundations in the United States.


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    1961

    Environment

    3M Water and Sanitary Engineering Department is created.


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    1963

    Environment

    The 3M Carlton Society is created to honor outstanding technical employees. It is named for former 3M President Richard P. Carlton, who in 1921 became the company's first technical employee to hold a college degree.


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    1964

    Stakeholders

    First formally trained industrial hygienist and health physicist join 3M's Medical Department.


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    1970

    Product Innovation

    Product Environmental assessments begin.


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    1970

    Environment

    Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control (EE&PC) organization is formed.


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    1970

    Environment

    Industrial hygiene and health physics services expand to 3M operations outside the United States.


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    1971

    Stakeholders

    3M Employee/Retiree Matching Gift Program is established for charitable contributions.


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    1973

    Stakeholders

    Employee van pools are created.


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    1973

    Environment

    Energy Management Department is formed.


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    1974

    Stakeholders

    3M is among the first corporations to offer in-house Employee Assistance Program, providing personal education and consultation services for employees and their families.


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    1975

    Environment

    3M Environmental Policy is adopted by the 3M Board of Directors.


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    1975

    Environment

    Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) Program is formed. First-year results: 19 projects prevented 73,000 tons of air emissions, 2,800 tons of sludge.


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    1977

    Environment

    3M and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsor four conferences on pollution prevention.


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    1980

    Stakeholders

    3M Safety and Health Policy is first adopted.


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    1981

    Environment

    Environmental Audit Program begins.


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    1984

    Environment

    World Environment Center presents 3M with the First Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievements.


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    1984

    Stakeholders

    3M is the first corporation to offer sick child care services to employees. During the same year, 3M begins administering the 3M Poll to U.S. employees and the Standard Opinion Survey globally every two years to measure employee opinion.


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    1984

    Stakeholders

    3M CARES (Community Action Retired Employee Services) Program is created to bring together retiree volunteers under the 3M banner and match them to specific needs.


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    1986

    Stakeholders

    3M Community Volunteer Award is established.


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    1987

    Vision

    3M Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Committee is formed.


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    1987

    Environment

    3M Air Emission Reduction Program is launched.


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    1988

    Environment

    3M Ozone Depleting Chemical phase out policy is adopted.


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    1989

    Environment

    3M Year 2000 Environmental goals are established.


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    1989

    Stakeholders

    3M Employee Safety, Health and Environmental Policy is adopted.


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    1989

    Environment

    National Wildlife Federation presents its Environmental Achievement Award to 3M.


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    The Year 1990 1990 associate image

    1990

    Product Innovation

    Recycled paper Post-it® Notes are introduced.


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    1990

    Stakeholders

    3M 16-point Safety Program is approved.


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    1991

    Environment

    Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award is received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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    1993

    Environment

    3M goal of 70% reduction in worldwide air emissions is achieved.


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    1993

    Environment

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Corporate Wildlife Award is received.


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    1994

    Environment

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presents Achievement Award for 3M's successful participation in the 33/50 Voluntary Air Emission Reduction Program.


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    1995

    Product Innovation

    3M launches world's first CFC-free metered dose inhaler for the treatment of asthma.


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    1995

    Stakeholders

    3M initiates program to reduce injuries and illnesses by 50% in four years.


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    1995

    Product Innovation

    3M receives the National Medal of Technology Award, the highest award for technical achievement in the United States.


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    1996

    Environment

    President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development selects 3M's 3P Program for the President's Sustainable Development Award.


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    1996

    Environment

    3M Environmental Management System is formalized.


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    1996

    Stakeholders

    3M Global Safety and Health Plan is developed.


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    1997

    Product Innovation

    3M formalizes Life Cycle Management System to ensure the consideration of Environmental, health and safety issues in new product development.


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    1997

    Product Innovation

    3M scientists receive Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society for the development of 3M Hydrofluoroethers (HFEs) as a CFC replacement.


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    1997

    Stakeholders

    3M initiates Lifescapes program to help employees protect their health, safety, and well-being at work and at home.


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    1997

    Stakeholders

    3M initiates Lifescapes program to help employees protect their health, safety, and well-being at work and at home.


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    1998

    Stakeholders

    3M sets safety and health goals to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses 25% a year for three years.


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    1999

    Environment

    Hamburger Umweltinstitut of Germany ranks 3M second in eco-performance among 50 largest chemical-using companies worldwide.


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    2000

    Stakeholders

    3M GIVES (Grants Initiated by Volunteer Service) is established.


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    2001

    Stakeholders

    3M Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Management System is adopted.


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    2001

    Environment

    Environmental Targets for 2005 are launched.


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    2001

    Environment

    Environmental dimension is added to the 3M Contributions Program.


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    2001

    Stakeholders

    3M receives the National Points of Light Foundation Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service.


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    2002

    Vision and History

    3M is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as the leader in the Industrial Goods and Services category.


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    2002

    Vision and History

    3M is included on the FTSE Socially Responsible Investment Index.


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    2002

    Vision and History

    3M receives the "Vision for America" Award from Keep America Beautiful.


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    2003

    Environment

    3M is awarded the Clean Air Excellence Award in the Category of Regulatory/Policy Innovations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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    2004

    Environment

    3M is awarded a 2004 Energy Star award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its leadership in energy management.


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    2005

    Environment

    3M is awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Protection Award.


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    2005

    Environment

    3M completes its 2000–2005 Corporate Environmental Goals program, exceeding each of its targets, and launches a new set of Corporate Environmental Goals for 2005–2010.


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    2005

    Environment

    3M is awarded the 2005 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.


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    2005

    Environment

    3M is selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the first ever corporate-level National Environmental Performance Track Outreach Award winner.

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    2008

    Product Innovation

    3M establishes its Renewable Energy Division.
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    2008

    Vision and History

    3M establishes new Strategic Sustainability Principles.
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    2010

    Stakeholders

    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. Check out this video.


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    2011

    Vision

    3M establishes is 2015 Sustainability Goals.
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    2011

    Environment

    3M is recognized for the eighth year in a row by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy by winning the Sustained Excellence Award for Energy Management in recognition of continuous improvement in energy management.


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    Timeline

    Timeline

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


    Timeline.

    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.