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Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility is now high on national and international agendas. Yet 3M has long way we run our business. In 1975, 3M was one of the first major manufacturing companies actively to address environmental issues and, as with our drive for innovation, we involved employees through our benchmark program Pollution Prevention Pays.

We believe we have a sound record of achievement in corporate responsibility, but continually strive to improve our performance and address the ongoing challenges and opportunities. We are committed to sustainable development through a proactive approach to environmental protection, social responsibility and strong economic progress.


3M's commitment is to actively contribute to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic progress. To us, that means meeting the needs of society today, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our corporate values, and our day-to-day actions are guided by our Business Conduct Policies.

Our Sustainability Strategic Principles

3M's strategies for sustainability encompass the pursuit of customer satisfaction and commercial success within a framework of environmental, social and economic values.

  • Economic Success: Build lasting customer relationships by developing differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to their sustainability challenges.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges for ourselves and our customers.
  • Social Responsibility: Engage key stakeholders in dialogue and take action to improve 3M's sustainability performance.

For more detailed information about 3M Sustainability, please visit our Sustainability at 3M website (US, English).

3M Australia and Sustainability

3M Australia has policies in the areas of workplace health and safety, environment, quality and sustainable procurement, and an integrated management system for environment, workplace health and safety, and quality (EHS&Q). These policies, together with the integrated EHS&Q management system, directly support our commitment to sustainable development.

Our policies and details of our integrated EHS&Q management system are found below.

Integrated Management System

3M Australia's Integrated Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHS&Q) Management System promotes sound management of the environment and workplace health and safety and quality at our sites within Australia. It helps us to address changing customer needs and expectations as we continue to drive sustainable growth. The EHS&Q Management System:

  • includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement.
  • sets annual objectives and targets
  • implements improvement plans for achieving these objectives and targets.
  • requires Life Cycle Management of all new products, and of existing products on a prioritised basis.

Management System Certification

Three of 3M Australia's four major sites are certified to the international environmental management systems standard ISO 14001:2004. These sites include: Pemulwuy Warehouse and Distribution Centre and 3M Health Care, each located in Sydney, and the 3M Automotive Industry Centre (AIC) located in Melbourne. These three sites and the 3M Australia head office, located at Pymble in Sydney, are each certified to the international quality management systems standard ISO 9001:2000.

National Packaging Covenant Signatories

3M Australia is a signatory to Australia's National Packaging Covenant (NPC) and has produced a series of Action Plans that address our commitments and responsibilities under the Covenant. These commitments include the introduction of processes to minimise the environmental impacts of our packaging and the reduction of our site waste to landfill. National Packaging Covenant action plans are available for public viewing.

Sustainable Procurement Policy

3M Australia, as part of its commitment to sustainable development, has developed a Sustainable Procurement Policy endorsed by top management to ensure its purchasing activities take place in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

The policy requires that consideration will be given to environmental, health and safety and quality (EHS&Q) issues in the purchasing of all products and services.

Sustainable Procurement Policy