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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "3M Policy Expectations[...]apply to 3M Tier 1 Suppliers[...include]No deforestation/conversion". 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      3M have stated that they are a signatory member of the UN Global Compact and an associate member of the Forest Solutions Group- WBCSD. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "3M has prioritized pulp and paper products as an area that warrants additional formal expectations because of potential environmental risks, such as deforestation and habitat loss; potential human rights issues, such as infringement of indigenous peoples’ rights; and potential unsafe labor practices". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    41/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      41/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            For its Tier 1 suppliers, 3M state that: "3M [...] 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: Traceable through the supply chain back to the source of harvest [...] Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [...] Not from areas where high carbon stock forests are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            "3M continues to advance sustainable product development.  Just one example is our Post-it® Greener Notes and Post-it® Recycled Notes, which are made from 100 per cent recycled paper, and the packaging for the Recycled notes is made of 100 per cent recycled cardboard. We also offer Post-it® 100 per cent Recycled Pop-Up Notes, Post-it® Greener Pagemarkers and Post-it® Recycled Easel Pads. All Post-it® Notes are 100 per cent recyclable". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "3M will verify supplier conformance to this Policy and work to continuallyimprove 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. Evaluating potential new suppliers during the supplier qualification process for the capacity to conform to this Policy."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "If 3M learns during this verification process or otherwise that a supplier does not meet the requirements of this Policy, 3M will follow its established corrective action process with that supplier."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          3M provide a 'Business Conduct Ethics Reporting Service' through which any individual can report complaints or concerns about any aspect of 3M's operations.
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "3M partners with The Forest Trust for their expertise in responsible sourcing policies and improving forest management practices across global supply chains". 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "3M Policy Expectations[...]apply to 3M Tier 1 Suppliers[...include]Free, Prior and Informed Content (FPIC) of indigenous people, protection of traditional rights". 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          3M require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          3M require their suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against based on gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    22/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    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.

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

Top Brands

ACE, Bondo, Command, Post-it, Scotch (tape)

How we assess the Forest 500

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