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Environmental Health and Safety

Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Little Rock, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.

Environmental Health and Safety Management System

3M Little Rock's EHS Management System promotes sound environmental management. It helps us to manage the environmental footprint of our operations, drive sustainable growth, and address the expectations of our stakeholders. These stakeholders include our employees, customers, regulators, environmental groups, and the communities surrounding our plant.

Our EHS Management System:

  • Includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement.
  • Promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business planning.
  • Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals, and measuring results.

Pollution Prevention

3M pioneered the concept of pollution prevention with the creation of the pollution prevention pays (3P) program in 1975. The 3P program is based on the reality that pollution prevention is more environmentally effective, technically sound, and economical than conventional pollution control equipment. Natural resources, energy and money are used to build conventional pollution controls, and more resources are consumed operating them. Conventional controls are temporarily and do not eliminate the problem. 3P seeks to eliminate pollution at the source through product reformulation, process modification, equipment redesign, and the recycling and reuse of waste materials.

3P is a key element of the 3M Little Rock environmental strategy. Since 1980, 3M Little Rock has completed 62 Projects which prevented more than 13,358 tons of air pollution, 105 million gallons of waste water pollution, and 306,983 tons of waste. Total Pollution Prevented 320,341 tons. Net Benefit Savings of $17,749,496.

Key Environmental and Safety Accomplishments
We are particularly proud of our work around the following:

  • ISO 14001 certification since 2008
  • Installation of process Water Treatment system allowing reuse of all generated process water
  • Formation of a Little Rock Performance Process for active participation by employees
  • MSHA’s Sentinel of Safety Awards at our Quarry Facility, various years

3M Little Rock Environmental Policy
3M Little Rock will continue to recognize and exercise its responsibility to:

  • Solve our own environmental and conservation problems.
  • Develop products that support a sustainable environment.
  • Prevent pollution at the source wherever and whenever possible.
  • Conserve natural resources through the use of optimized manufacturing operations, reclamation and other appropriate methods.
  • Assure that our facilities and products are in compliance with applicable national, regional and local environmental requirements, and in conformance with other applicable environmental obligations.
  • Assist, whenever possible, governmental agencies and other official organizations engaged in environmental activities.
  • Foster continual improvement through company and employee initiative.


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