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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
      "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."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify::

      Which initiatives?: World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact
      3m have been an "Associate member of the WBCSD" since 2016, and a "Member of the UN Global Compact" since 2014.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Why Forests and Responsible Supply Chains are Important Forests are used by people around the world for recreation, cultural significance, health and livelihood. They are home to many species of plants and animals, their trees capture and store atmospheric carbon, and they support vital services like clean water. These complex ecosystems are valuable resources that should be responsibly managed and preserved for future generations."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      No
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: NA
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    37/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      37/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/12
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests
            4/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests
            4/8
            3M Company state that all of their direct suppliers must ensure that their virgin wood fibre is "Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [and] Not from areas where natural forests with high carbon stock are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            3M Company state that all of their direct suppliers must ensure that their virgin wood fibre is "Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [and] Not from areas where natural forests with high carbon stock are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: NA
            3M Company state that all of their direct suppliers must ensure that their virgin wood fibre is "Not harvested in a manner that threatens high conservation values, including peatland ecosystems and intact forest landscapes [and] Not from areas where natural forests with high carbon stock are being converted to other land uses or plantations."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            Covers their post-it products only at this time.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment; Subsidary; Product line; Location
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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".
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • 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
          "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

          If Other, specify here: Not made clear

          What is the nature of that support?: Other
          3M Company commit their suppliers to "including smallholders among their sources of harvest".
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Suggest that suppliers should commit to non-discrimination in their workforce
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "In 2019, 3M expended approximately $59M for capital projects related to protecting the environment. This amount excludes expenditures for remediation actions relating to existing matters caused by past operations that do not contribute to current or future revenues, which are expensed."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: N/A

            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 November 2019) with updates on progress in specific regions and actions. Strong focus on engaging with suppliers to ensure compliance with 3M's sourcing policy. "Through this partnership and engagement with our suppliers, we have seen many suppliers make significant progress in developing or refining their own pulp and paper responsible sourcing programs."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            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
            0/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
            What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain is traceable to applicable supply chain levels (e.g. direct suppliers/processing facility/production unit)?: 86%

            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
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Created a "Due Diligence Management System" with the help and guidance of Earthworm. They also created a Policy Conformance Assessment Tool, having tier 3 suppliers assess themselves against the 3m pulp and paper sourcing policy

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Consultancy with "Earthworm Foundation", formally the Forest Trust
            Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy Progress Report November 2019 goes into detail around the partnership with Earthworm Foundation and the work they are doing across multiple regions.
          • 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
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: British Colombia Boreal Forest - Establishing Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAS); Latin America - brought together 6 major Brazilian forestry companies for an intensive training course - “Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC): From Theory to Practice.”
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annual
          "As part of our Due Diligence Management System, 3M and Earthworm conduct an annual desktop risk assessment (DRA) based on our most current supply chain data. The overall purpose of the DRA is to identify social and environmental risks associated with wood fiber in 3M’s current paper and packaging supply chain, and to prioritize further engagement with suppliers."
        • 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: The grievance mechanism is run by an external company - NAVEX Global Inc.

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "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
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          The company uses "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: 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?: 3M will "attempt" to work with suppliers to address any non-compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: not specified
          Quote from the Supplier Responsibility Code 2019 - "If non-conformance to this Code is detected, 3M will attempt to work with the supplier concerned to correct the situation. We expect the supplier to develop a corrective action plan to bring its operations into Code conformance so that supply to 3M can continue. If a supplier does not develop such a plan or fails to implement it, 3M may move to terminate the business relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    11/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    13/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    13/18
    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

Top Brands

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

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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