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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      No overarching deforestation commitment
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "3M is proud to be an associate member of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG), a global platform for strategic collaboration among value chain partners to bring more of the world’s forest under sustainable management and expand markets for responsible forest products." " 3M became a signatory member of the UN Global Compact in February 2014."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "3M also expects that its pulp, paper and packaging suppliers will work to assure and verify that virgin wood fiber and plant-based fiber provided to 3M is:[...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes. [...] Not from areas where natural forests with high carbon stock are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational
      " Upstream 3M depends on various components, compounds, raw materials, and energy (including oil and natural gas and their derivatives) supplied by third parties for the manufacturing of 3M products. Supplier relationships have been and could be interrupted in the future due to supplier material shortage, climate impacts, natural or other disasters, and other disruptive events, or be terminated.
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "Reduce Scope 1 and 2 market-based GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040, and achieve carbon neutrality in our operations by 2050"
  • Commodity score
    40/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      40/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat
            "The 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be traced to the forest source, proven to be obtained legally, and protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights." [....] "We adopted our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in the spring of 2015 and re-published in 2018 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply from the forest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "The 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be traced to the forest source, proven to be obtained legally, and protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights." [....] "We adopted our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in the spring of 2015 and re-published in 2018 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply from the forest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "The 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be traced to the forest source, proven to be obtained legally, and protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights." [....] "We adopted our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in the spring of 2015 and re-published in 2018 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply from the forest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: NA
            "The 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into our paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. 3M will only accept virgin fiber that can be traced to the forest source, proven to be obtained legally, and protective of high carbon stock forests, high conservation values, and workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights." [....] "We adopted our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in the spring of 2015 and re-published in 2018 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply from the forest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "3M’s Package Engineers around the world strive to reduce packaging weight through their development efforts and to increase the number of packages with recycled content that we purchase each year."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "3M’s Package Engineers around the world strive to reduce packaging weight through their development efforts and to increase the number of packages with recycled content that we purchase each year."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            "3M’s Package Engineers around the world strive to reduce packaging weight through their development efforts and to increase the number of packages with recycled content that we purchase each year."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            "3M’s Package Engineers around the world strive to reduce packaging weight through their development efforts and to increase the number of packages with recycled content that we purchase each year."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        15/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: "We adopted our Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy in the spring of 2015 and re-published in 2018 to set standards of excellence for our suppliers and their suppliers through all tiers of supply from the forest - https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1848420O/3m-pulp-paper-sourcing-policy-progress-report-may-2020-final.pdf; https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/sustainability-us/annual-report/past-reports-policies/sustainable-forestry/ - all tiers - https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1033586O/pulp-and-paper-sourcing-policy.pdf?fn=Pulp%20and%20Paper%20Sourcing%20Policy%20M
          "3M also expects that its pulp, paper and packaging suppliers will work to assure and verify that virgin wood fiber and plant-based fiber provided to 3M is [...] Obtained in a manner that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities to the ownership and control of their titled or customary lands, including their right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to proposed developments on their lands [and] obtained in a manner that respects the rights and safety of workers, including no forced or child labor, no employment discrimination, and the freedom to associate."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not disclosed

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training; Other
          "Recognizing that factors such as integrity, quality, service, and competitive price are relevant in deciding whether to purchase products covered by this Policy, 3M will also consider information from suppliers regarding the following sustainable management practices, and use that information as a factor for preference in selection:[...] supplied fiber conforms to some or all Policy expectations.  Including smallholders among their sources of harvest. [...] Providing knowledge-building opportunities for relevant suppliers and contractors to advance responsible sourcing and sustainable forest practices"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Non-Discrimination Suppliers should commit to a workforce free of harassment and unlawful discrimination. Companies shall not engage in discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, union membership, covered veteran status, protected genetic information or marital status in hiring and employment practices such as wages, promotions, rewards, access to training, reduction in workforce or terminations. Suppliers shall reasonably accommodate workers for religious practices"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          "3M continually evaluates aspects of regulatory risk during regular business interactions, including new product development and continuous business improvement. 3M’s operations are affected by national, state, and local laws around the world. 3M has made (and plans to continue making) necessary expenditures for compliance with applicable laws. 3M is also involved in remediation actions relating to environmental matters from past operations at certain sites."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: The total supply chain
          "3M expects that all pulp, paper and packaging from its suppliers contains wood or plant-based fiber that is legally harvested, sourced, transported and exported from its country of origin. 3M also expects that its pulp, paper and packaging suppliers will work to assure and verify that virgin wood fiber and plant-based fiber provided to 3M is: [...] Obtained in a manner that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities to the ownership and control of their titled or customary lands, including their right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to proposed developments on their lands."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: undisclosed

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Publishes frequent Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy Progress Reports (most recent in May 2020) with updates on progress in specific regions and actions. Strong focus on engaging with suppliers to ensure compliance with 3M's sourcing policy. "We aim to work with suppliers to document as much of our global paper supply chain as possible. Since we began implementing this policy, we have mapped over 78% of our global pulp and paper spend to the pulp mill and forest source. The results of the supply chain mapping enable us to amplify our efforts to mitigate risks, improve efficiencies, and drive sustainable practices throughout the supply chain." 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            In May 2020,  3M Company reported that 56% of their pulp and paper was traceable to forest source or 100% recycled.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: 3M are working through their supply chain systematically

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Due diligence systems and supplier surveys

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 58%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Earthworm
            3M have created supplier surveys to assess suppliers against their policies " We partner with a third-party provider, Earthworm Foundation (EF), to help us review the information we obtain from our supplier surveys and combine that with geography and industry specific knowledge to conduct “desktop” risk assessments of our supply chains. We use these assessments to prioritize further engagement and to learn more about our suppliers’ responsible sourcing and sustainable forestry practices."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Training of FPIC to forestry supply chain

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          Updated in their 2021 annual reporting - "Training in Brazil. In 2020, 3M’s support enabled EF to provide a training series on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes, reaching over 50 people from major companies and stakeholder groups in the Brazilian forestry sector. The companies represented at the training account for 3.1 million hectares of forest plantations within a total land holding of 5.7 million hectares in Brazil, or 40% of plantation forest management in the country."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not disclosed
          "We partner with a third-party provider, Earthworm Foundation  (EF), to help us review the information we obtain from our supplier surveys and combine that with geography and industry[..] specific knowledge to conduct “desktop” risk assessments of our  supply chains [...] With the help of EF, we have so far conducted 14 field assessments across all regions, covering more than 16 million hectares. Some of those assessments reviewed Tier 2 pulp mills and were also attended by a Tier 1 supplier."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "As appropriate, and commensurate with 3M’s position as a downstream company in the supply chain, 3M mayprovide assistance to suppliers and/or sources of harvest in high risk regions to assess or build their capacityto meet these criteria.II. All suppliers of pulp, paper and packaging made from wood fiber or plant-based fiber are expected to: Implement policies and programs consistent with 3M’s Supply Chain Policies on Environmental Health& Safety, Transportation, Labor/Human Resources, and Supplied Materials. Maintain and provide to 3M upon request information required by legal harvesting laws, includinggenus, species and country of origin."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Hosted by external company

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "We have a grievance mechanism in place, 3MEthics.com, which can be used to raise a concern regarding any adverse human rights impacts."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: Not disclosed
          "Using a phased approach, 3M must verify supplier conformance to this Policy and work to continually improve responsible pulp and paper sourcing within its supply chains by taking the following actions: [...] Implementing a due diligence program to demonstrate compliance with applicable legal harvest related laws and regulations and the commitments in this Policy. [...] conduct supplier audits verifying supplier compliance with key requirements of this Policy and the accuracy of responsible sourcing information provided to 3M, or rely on industry collaborative auditing programs where those programs exist"
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 10.2%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: at least annually 
          "In 2020, 3M continued to roll-out our Supplier Policy Conformance Self-Assessment across many 3M suppliers. The self-assessment allows our suppliers to evaluate themselves against all aspects of the 3M Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy. The completed self-assessment is one of many tools that is used in 3M assessing each supplier’s overall conformance of our policy and we do this through the 3M Pulp & Paper Sourcing Policy Scorecard." [....] "3M must verify supplier conformance to this Policy and work to continually improve responsible pulp and paper sourcing within its supply chains by taking the following actions: - Implementing a due diligence program to demonstrate compliance with applicable legal harvest related laws and regulations and the commitments in this Policy. [...] Using a prioritized and risk-based protocol to: - periodically review supplier conformance with the requirements of this Policy. - obtain information from suppliers verifying traceability to the source of harvest for pulp and paper provided to 3M, including materials furnished by their suppliers - conduct supplier audits verifying supplier compliance with key requirements of this Policy and the accuracy of responsible sourcing information provided to 3M, or rely on industry collaborative auditing programs where those programs exist." 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Engagement with improvement (not specified)

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with paper policy

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "If 3M learns during this verification process or otherwise that a supplier does not meet the requirements of this Policy, 3M must follow its established corrective action process with that supplier. In addition, if information on 3M’s paper and pulp sourcing is reported through the 3M Compliance & Business Conduct Ethics Reporting Service, 3M must review and follow up on that information with the relevant supplier as appropriate."  
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    15/18
    Avg. score

Profile

3M Company is an American manufacturer operating in four areas: safety and industrial, transportation and electronics, health care, and consumer. 3M Company’s safety and industrial segment serves the paper, printing and packaging markets. The company has over 80 manufacturing plants across the United States with more than 120 manufacturing and converting operations worldwide. 3M Company is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Furniture & flooring, Paper & packaging
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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