When you work with 3M, you can feel good about knowing our company shares your commitment to sustainability. Since 1932, we’ve been at the forefront of companies adopting programs and policies to ensure environmental protection, social responsibility and economic vitality.
3M’s unwavering commitment to sustainability spans the life cycle of our products. With hundreds of new products introduced each year, we have a continuous flow of opportunities to improve the environmental, health and safety effects of the things we make.
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. The new 2015 Sustainability Goals go beyond the environment and now include social responsibility and economic objectives.
3M Commercial Graphics is committed to improving our environmental footprint along with the corporation. From 2005 to 2011, our manufacturing location in Nevada, Missouri has improved its energy efficiency by more than 15% in the production of finished materials and reduced Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by over 10% per unit of finished material. Since 2005, 3M Nevada has more than doubled the amount of material that is externally reused or recycled which led to, in 2011, reuse and recycling programs preventing over 35% of all waste produced from being disposed of by landfill, incineration, or waste-to-energy facilities. Our manufacturing location in Hilden, Germany is a zero waste-to-landfill facility that has improved its energy efficiency by more than 10% since 2010.1
Additionally, 3M Commercial Graphics' manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 certified.
3M introduced the Pollution Prevention Pays initiative – better known as 3P – in 1975. 3P prevents pollution at the source, in products and manufacturing. To date, 3P has resulted in the elimination of more than 3 billion pounds of pollution and saved us nearly $1.4 billion. 3M's Commercial Graphics maintains several 3P programs at our 3M Facility aimed at reducing air emissions, solid wastes, recycling, and energy reduction. In 2012, 3P programs at 3M Nevada prevented over 700 tons of waste from being produced and over 4,000 tons of GHGs from being emitted.
3M Commercial Graphics joined the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) in 2012. SGP is a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry. According to Bob Doughty, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Graphics, “This investment is well-aligned with our long-standing commitment to sustainability and with our reputation for providing the industry with the best and most innovative large format graphic products. SGP helps provide a framework for sustainable innovations to our industry that benefits 3M and our customers.”
3M Commercial Graphics was a Technology Sponsor of EcoPrint 2012, the world's first exhibition and event 100% focused on the sustainable print industry. Held in Berlin in September 2012, this event highlighted existing solutions for sustainable media production that have huge relevance for brands, agencies and print service providers. Representatives from 3M spoke on sustainability in the print industry and product development at the event.