3M consumed 44.7 Mn m3 of water in 2020, equals consumption by 37,033 Americans & 0% water recycled
In the year 2019, approximately 2.2 Bn people lacked access to safe drinking water1. Every year, the world consumes over 4 Tn m3 of freshwater2. As per an estimate, water demand worldwide will increase to 5.5 Tr m3 in 20503. The average American consumes 1,207 m3 of water per year4.
3M produced 14.74 million tonnes of GHGs in 2019, equal to emissions from 874,976 passenger vehicles
Heatwaves, wildfires, tropical storms, and other extreme weather conditions are some of the concerning effects of greenhouse gas emissions on our environment1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that CO2 accounted for more than 80% of GHG emissions in the U.S 2. And global energy-related CO2 emissions stood at 33.1 billion tonnes in 20193. These GHGs, including CO2, trap the sun’s heat and cause climate change1.
3M partners with Fenik to fight global hunger
Refrigerators are common household goods in the 21st century and are effective in keeping food fresh for a prolonged period of time. They reduce food wastage, preserve nutrients, and provide more opportunities to farmers, small businesses, restaurants, etc. However, an estimated 2 billion people (approx. 20% of the world's population) don't have access to reliable refrigeration either due to poverty or due to weak or unreliable access to electricity. 1, 2 As a result, in developing countries there is poor storage of food after harvesting which results in food getting spoilt before it reaches consumers. 3
3M’s Manufacturing and Academic Partnerships (MAP) closes trade skills gap for 3,130 students
One of the challenges faced by employers today is the skills gap that exists in the global hiring pool 1. The rate of skill acquisition is not growing at the same pace as technology, which has resulted in some frustration for employers 1. According to a UN report, it has become increasingly important to up-skill and re-skill current and future generations to prepare for our transition to a sustainable future 2;p 58-59.
3M reduced scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 68.1% in 2019
The emission of greenhouse gases increased by 41% in 2019 since 1990.1 12% of emissions comes from the manufacturing sector and construction sector, this is equivalent to 6.1 GtCO2e.1In the United States the industry sector contributes 22% of the total greenhouse gases emissions.2