Company Score

Industry Capital Goods
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1093
Impact Notes 18
SDG Covered 11 out of 17

3M is a technology company, manufacturing industrial, safety and consumer products. It operates through the following segments: Safety and Industrial, Transportation and Electronics, Health Care, and Consumer. In 2018 3M made $32.8 billion in sales the company had approximately 93,500 employees, and had operations in more than 70 countries.

Read about 3M and its impact below.

Impact notes

Clean Water and Sanitation

3M consumed 44.7 Mn m3 of water in 2020, equals consumption by 37,033 Americans & 0% water recycled

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Tue Jun 15th, 2021 at 11:25am

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.

Climate Action

3M produced 14.74 million tonnes of GHGs in 2019, equal to emissions from 874,976 passenger vehicles

Profile Shah
Icon time Wed Feb 17th, 2021 at 3:42pm

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.

Zero Hunger

3M partners with Fenik to fight global hunger

Profile Bhavya Jaiswal
Icon time Sun Nov 1st, 2020 at 7:45am

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. 12 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

Quality Education

3M’s Manufacturing and Academic Partnerships (MAP) closes trade skills gap for 3,130 students

Profile lolaSDG
Icon time Mon Sep 21st, 2020 at 1:27pm

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.

Climate Action

3M reduced scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 68.1% in 2019

Profile colliochieng24@gmail.com
Icon time Mon Aug 24th, 2020 at 7:49pm

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