3M invests in initiatives and programs that support sustainable communities. Specifically, the company invests in projects, which protect threatened ecosystems that provide natural services, underpin local economies, contribute to human health, livelihoods, and well-being and promote science-based environmental and conservation education.
Closed Loop Fund
3M has made $5 million investment in the Closed Loop Fund, a collaborative social impact fund supported by leading companies that provides municipalities access to capital needed to build comprehensive recycling programs.
3M partners with The Nature Conservancy to Help Preserve the Rainforest in Berau, Indonesia
3M recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy to empower local communities in Berau, Indonesia to protect and manage
their rainforest. 3M’s $500,000 investment provides training on land use planning and natural resource management to help locals develop green livelihoods.
Protecting the Brazilian Amazon
In the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous territories suffer from illegal encroachment from loggers. Last year, Brazil adopted a national policy to strengthen indigenous peoples’ control of their lands and direct millions of dollars to needed sustainable development and conservation projects. 3M provided a $500,000 gift to The Nature Conservancy to support implementation of the Indigenous Territories Environmental Management Policy, which will help to address indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as protect pristine habitat in the Brazilian Amazon.
Tangible Impact: Linicia Tikuna studied environmental management, Indigenous rights, and policy at the Amazon Indigenous Training Center, which The Nature Conservancy helped establish. She knew the seeds used to produce her people’s sacred ornaments were disappearing. After graduation, she established a tree nursery in her village to produce the seeds.
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2012 Environment Grants (pdf, 46KB)