Obey the law and 3M's Code of Conduct
The foundation of 3M’s business conduct program is this: we will do business legally and ethically in all aspects of our global operations. The Business Conduct Principles aligned with our Be Good fundamental expectation describe the requirement that employees and others acting on 3M’s behalf must abide by all laws and 3M Code of Conduct at all times. This section also provides some guidelines for making ethical decisions, to use in those situations, where neither law nor policy provides a clear answer. In order to advance our culture of compliance and ethical business conduct, this section also describes employees’ obligations in respect of our Code of Conduct and legal compliance, as well as confirms 3M’s commitment to non-retaliation.
3M is a global company, with suppliers, customers and competitors in every country in which we do business. Each of those many countries has laws that regulate how we interact with those groups as we conduct business. Because 3M is a U.S. company, many U.S. laws apply to our business operations around the world. At the same time, 3M is subject to laws in the various countries in which we do business. It is vitally important that we comply with all applicable laws and regulations that affect our global business operations. Employees should seek guidance from their assigned 3M legal counsel or the Compliance & Business Conduct Department whenever they are unsure of obligations in these complex areas.