We believe we have a responsibility to protect critical habitats and species around the world.
3M is one of the most acclaimed companies in the world for its commitment to the environment.
For more than 40 years, 3M has been a leader among global companies – having pioneered the concept of sustainability in its manufacturing processes, beginning with its groundbreaking Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) Program in 1975 to a broad portfolio of sustainable products today.
We have also set aggressive environmental goals for our company to address climate change, water stewardship, air emissions, and waste reduction while increasing the recyclability and recycled content of our packaging.
As a global company, we believe that we have a responsibility to society, in general, and especially to the communities in which we live and work. This includes protecting critical species and habitats. We have donated more than $20 million to The Nature Conservancy to safeguard critical biodiversity and habitat throughout the United States, China, Mexico and Brazil.
As part of our overall sustainability efforts, we have had a long-standing commitment to responsible forest management. We source paper products from suppliers who we believe share our values and are equally committed to protecting forest areas.
The 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy (PDF, 94.6 KB) is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be traced to the forest source, proven to be obtained legally, and protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights.
We are partnering with Earthworm Foundation (formerly The Forest Trust), a non-profit organization with a strong track record in guiding companies on the development and implementation of responsible pulp and paper sourcing and improved forest management across global supply chains. Together, we are engaging with our direct and indirect suppliers, to trace 3M materials back through mills to the forest sources, educate them on the forestry issues addressed in the Policy, and support them to set up their own responsible fiber sourcing programs. Through this collaboration under the framework of our Policy, we are harnessing the power of our supply chain to promote responsible sourcing and sustainability in forest sources around the world.
For information on implementation of the Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy within 3M and our supply chain, please refer to the latest Progress Report, November 2021 (PDF, 1.75 MB).
3M continues to advance sustainable product development. Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100% recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100% recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100% Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers, and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100% recyclable.
Certain Post-it® brand and Scotch® brand products now utilize a revolutionary adhesive made primarily from renewable plants. This reduces the use of petroleum in the manufacturing process, which is better for the environment.
All of these things together help preserve our world’s forests, reduce the impact of climate change and improve lives around the world. Working with our vendors, employees, customers and community stakeholders, we will continue to meet the needs of society today, while respecting the needs of future generations