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Legal Harvesting Laws


Products and product packaging supplied to 3M Company must comply with laws related to product content, including laws that prohibit use of illegally harvested timber or plant materials. Laws regarding timber and timber products, such as the United States Lacey Act, the European Union Timber Regulation, and the Australia Illegal Logging Prohibition Act, restrict the sales and imports of illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber (including paper or paper pulp). These laws also may include "due care" or "due diligence" requirements.

Additional Details on U.S. Lacey Act Requirements
The U.S. Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prohibit the purchase or sale of products or product packaging in the United States made from wood, paper, wood fiber or other plant materials, with certain limited exceptions, if the plant material was illegally harvested in its country of origin. The Lacey Act has import declaration requirements that are currently in effect for a limited number of wood products. However, the prohibition on purchase or sale of products containing illegally harvested plant materials applies to all products containing plant material.

3M has developed a corporate U.S. Lacey Act Specification. The Specification has additional background on this law, and sets out 3M's expectations for suppliers providing materials to 3M that contain plant material subject to the Lacey Act. See U.S. Lacey Act Specification.

3M's Sourcing Contract Provisions and Supply Chain Policies on Legal Harvesting
3M includes prohibitions on illegally harvested plant materials in new and renewed sourcing contracts. Under 3M's Supply Chain Policies: EHS, Transportation, Labor/Human Resources and Supplied Materials, suppliers are expected to supply 3M materials containing plant materials or their derivatives that are legally sourced, harvested and exported from their country of origin. Suppliers are also expected to adopt policies and management systems with respect to the United States Lacey Act, the European Union Timber Regulation and similar laws (such as the Australia Illegal Logging Prohibition Act), and to require their suppliers to adopt similar policies and systems.

As a supplier to 3M, please become aware of these requirements and take the following steps:

  1. Determine which of the products you supply to 3M contain timber or plant materials within the scope of the U.S. Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation, Australia Illegal Logging Act and similar laws.

  2. Work with your suppliers to make sure all plant materials are legally harvested, sourced and exported from their country of origin, or validate the origin as recycled.

  3. Adopt company policies and management systems with respect to the U.S. Lacey Act, EU Timber Regulation, Australia Illegal Logging Act and similar laws, and require your suppliers to adopt similar policies and systems. This will assist in pushing these requirements upstream and in obtaining information on legality of harvest that is passed downstream.

Click here for more information on the U.S. Lacey Act: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Click here for more information on the EU Timber Regulation.

Click here for more information on the Australia Illegal Logging Prohibition Act.

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