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3M
Gap Score: +3.4
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  • Since 2010, 3M has improved energy efficiency by nearly 10% and avoided more than 855,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. The brand has implemented 252 energy efficiency projects, saving nearly $9 million and 61,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

  • 3M’s Pollution Prevention Pays initiative (3P) has resulted in the elimination of more than 3.8 billion pounds of pollution and saved nearly $1.7 billion.

  • 3M India’s Bangalore facility treats its wastewater on-site and uses the sanitized water to irrigate its grounds. Doing so reduces the facility’s water use by 1.5 million gallons annually and cuts water costs by half.

  • 3M India’s Bangalore facility treats its wastewater on-site and uses the sanitized water to irrigate its grounds. Doing so reduces the facility’s water use by 1.5 million gallons annually and cuts water costs by half.

Working Together

From employee surveys to meetings with local civic groups, the feedback 3M receives from its neighbors, shareholders, employees, and partners is invaluable in shaping its sustainability strategies. By becoming a signatory member of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) this year, 3M has committed to align its operations and strategies with UNGC principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption. 3M also works globally with partners like The Nature Conservancy to protect critical species and habitat.

The Green Advantage

For almost 60 years, 3M’s environmental responsibility has been closely woven into the fabric of all aspects of its operations and supplier partnerships. Close monitoring of its impacts related to climate change, emissions, water stewardship, waste management, biodiversity, and forestry has led 3M to an industry-leading position that enhances its economic success as much as it elevates its environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Building on its reputation for innovation, 3M introduces products and solutions that address environmental and social challenges and constantly looks for ways to improve its offerings and reduce impacts through life cycle management. Even with all these strengths, 3M could go further to distinguish its commitment through additional reporting in key areas such as governance and certifications related to products and services. This is especially important for 3M, as other brands have significantly increased both disclosure and the scope and scale of their sustainability efforts.

Links

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence
The UN Global Compact (UNGC)
The Nature Conservancy