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Why it matters

  • By 2050, the world population is expected to surpass nine billion people. Science is more important than ever to help the world’s growing population live well. At 3M, we use science every day to improve the lives of people in communities around the world through our products and our actions.

    The global pandemic brought to light the critical role that science must play in our communities. From helping in the fight against COVID-19 to preparing customers for future events, 3M is committed to applying science to support public health and safety for communities around the world. Furthermore, it is through science, innovation, and collaboration that we believe we can help solve some of the world’s other great challenges like climate change, health care inequality, and other inequities adversely affecting our communities.

    The success and growth of our business hinges on the success and growth of all of our communities, so we recognize the importance of equal access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers as well as the need to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within our company and communities. Together, we will lead and design an equitable and sustainable future for all.

Our approach

  • At 3M, we lead with culture. We want our employees to focus on making an impact on the world and feel empowered to bring innovation into their work.

    Our 95,000 employees do work that matters, applying 3M Science in ways that make a positive impact on people’s lives. As we build 3M for the future, strengthening our culture is a top priority.

    Building, fostering, and supporting meaningful connections inside of 3M as well as within the local communities where we operate is fundamental to our Strategic Sustainability Framework. Active listening and engagement are the first steps to understanding and managing our impacts on local communities as well as helping identify opportunities to support them in their needs.

    Our 3M Equity & Community internal organization supports our goals and commitments to progress equity in our workplaces, business practices, and communities globally.

Our goals

Science for Community

  • Invest $50 million to address racial opportunity gaps in the U.S. through workforce development and STEM education initiatives by 20251

  • Double the pipeline of diverse talent in management globally to build a diverse workforce by 20302

  • Double the representation of Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino employees in the U.S. 1,3

  • Advance economic equity by creating five million unique STEM and skilled trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 20254

  • Provide training to five million people globally on worker and patient safety by 2025

  • Invest cash and products for education, community, and environmental programs by 2025

  • Maintain or achieve 100% pay equity globally1,3

  • Provide 300,000 work hours of skills-based volunteerism by 3M employees to improve lives and help solve society’s toughest challenges by 2025

  1. 2020 is the baseline measurement year
  2. In 2021, 3M updated the goal maturity date to 2030 from 2025. See 3M's 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report (PDF, 2.23 MB) for more details.
  3. Established in 2020 to drive trend and trajectory progress over time
  4. 2021 establishing baseline measurement year. 3M defines underrepresented individuals in the U.S. using National Science Foundation research. For global definitions, we rely on gender diversity and local context for marginalized populations

Looking forward

  • 3M employee interacting with a group of Indian children during a 3M Impact - a skills based employee program

    As a global science, technology, and manufacturing company, 3M is uniquely positioned to advance equity and inclusion, not only in our workplaces but also in our communities.

    As we advance our social justice and equity initiatives with urgency, we know systemic change requires resources and long-term dedication.

    We will continue to deliver on our $50 million incremental community investment, deploying the skills of our employees and partnering with organizations dedicated to ensuring justice and equity.

    We will continue to play an important role in the fight against COVID-19 as we manufacture products that help protect people as well as solutions that are used in the development and production of vaccines and therapeutics.

    Our aim is to develop a new environmental justice program for 3M globally, using science to improve lives and equity for all people, and collaborate with the communities where we work and live.