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Environmental, Health and Safety Principle

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Principle Statement:

3M provides safe and healthful workplaces, and strives to minimize the impact of our production processes and products on the environment. 3M employees must know and follow all applicable environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws and regulations and 3M’s EHS policies and standards. 3M management is responsible for ensuring that 3M employees are properly trained in these laws and policies. 3M management also must ensure that third parties to which this Principle applies are properly trained on applicable laws and policies. 3M employees must report any concerns in order to protect themselves and their fellow employees, visitors, customers, and contractors.


3M global operations and decisions can affect individuals, communities, and businesses. With 3M’s global reach comes the responsibility to understand and manage the impact of our products and processes on the environment, and on the health and safety of our workers and customers. 3M strives to reduce the impact of our products and operations, conserve natural resources, and conduct all business activities in a manner that protects the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and communities.

This Principle applies globally to all employees and may apply to those acting on behalf of 3M. See the Compliance Principle for information on when a third party might be covered by the Code of Conduct Principles.

Additional Guidance:

  • Comply with all relevant EHS laws and regulations, and 3M EHS Policies and Standards.
  • Report all environmental spills, hazards or accidents.
  • Use 3M’s New Product Introduction Framework and Life Cycle Management program to ensure that environmental, health and safety considerations will be integrated into the design, manufacture, use, and disposal of our products.
  • Incorporate appropriate safety and health considerations into your daily job duties and business decisions.
  • Operate and maintain equipment, facilities and processes in a safe manner.
  • Participate in training and education programs to manage health and safety risks, both on and off the job.
  • Communicate with management and coworkers about working conditions perceived to be unsafe or hazardous and, as appropriate, shut down any operation that is operating in an unsafe condition.
  • Respond to environmental, health or safety concerns raised by fellow employees, customers or neighbors associated with our operations or products.
  • Prevent pollution at the source wherever and whenever possible.
  • Reduce waste wherever and whenever possible.
  • Select and retain those suppliers, contractors, or outsourced manufacturers and service providers who comply with all applicable laws and regulations and meet 3M’s EHS values. Avoid suppliers, outsource manufacturers and service providers who do not comply with laws and regulations and who do not share 3M’s environmental, health and safety values.
  • Conserve natural resources through the use of reclamation and other appropriate methods.
  • Work to improve energy efficiency in existing operations and in new equipment and facilities.
  • Avoid unsafe activities and workplace conditions.
  • Employees should contact their assigned division, facility, or subsidiary environmental, health, and safety professionals for help in identifying and complying with applicable laws and policies.


Failure to comply with environmental health and safety laws and this Principle could lead to criminal and civil penalties for 3M and for employees personally, significant business disruptions, and harm to 3M’s reputation. Violations of 3M’s Code of Conduct will result in discipline, up to and including termination from employment.