Accelerating ambitions: 3M’s 2022 Global Impact Report

3M’s 2022 Global Impact Report highlights their progress toward their goals – as well as the actions taken in 2021 to accelerate their ambitions in environment, social and governance (ESG).

3M’s actions in sustainability are rooted in their purpose to “Unlock the power of people, ideas and science to reimagine what’s possible” through the actions they take across their Sustainability Framework.

Science for circular:

This is the first year 3M is reporting their progress on recent water and plastic goals, and they’ve seen positive movement.

  • Since 2019, they have reduced water usage by 10.7% indexed to sales. In addition, they have taken steps to install state-of-the-art water quality systems at some of their largest water using locations around the world.
  • In 2021, they reduced the use of over 18 million pounds of virgin-based plastic.
  • By the end of 2021, 45.2% of 3M sites had attained zero landfill status.

 Science for climate:

Climate change remains one of their greatest challenges, and they continue to focus on driving innovations to help provide climate solutions in their operations, products and communities.

  • Since 2002, they have reduced their absolute carbon footprint by 75.0%, and since 2019, have reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 26.1%.
  • They are on target to surpass their 2025 annual renewable energy goal of 50% renewable energy in their operations two years ahead of schedule.
  • As of 2021, 3M helped customers reduce their GHGs by 100 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions through the use of 3M products since 2015.

 Science for community:

In 2021, 3M continued to take meaningful steps towards a more equitable future and unlocking the power of diversity.

  • In 2021, they gave the largest amount in 3M’s history ($88.5 million) in total global giving.
  • In 2021, they invested $12.0 million in organisations and schools that promote STEM and skilled trades for underrepresented communities, as well as organisations that assist families and households facing unique challenges from centuries of systemic racism and inequalities that multiply generationally.
  • 3M also achieved 100% gender pay equity in their global regions.

Throughout the remainder of 2022, 3M will continue to bring their Purpose and Promise to life through the actions and progress they make on their goals – a journey of imagining and delivering a better world for everyone.

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