On Earth Day, 3M announces goal to reduce dependence on new plastic
ST. PAUL, Minn, April 22, 2021 /3BL Media/ – On Earth Day, 3M is committing to reduce its use of new plastic made from petroleum. By 2025, 3M aims to achieve a new sustainability goal: reduce dependence on virgin fossil-based plastic by 125 million pounds.
During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate 3Mers who get involved to make a difference in their communities. 3Mers like Caroline Ylitalo, a division scientist in the Personal Safety Division who volunteers as a mentor for the next generation of scientists and engineers.
During Earth Month, 3M is celebrating the many ways we give back to the environment and sharing how our global footprint expands this positive impact in a series of stories. These stories share the pathways to advancing sustainability at 3M—from efforts to improve the footprint of our operations, to our innovative portfolio of products and solutions and 3M’s increasingly ambitious sustainability goals.
As part of our overall commitment to creating greater equity in our communities, business practices and workplaces, 3M is setting a new global, education-focused goal. The company will advance economic equity by creating five million unique STEM and Skilled Trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals* by the end of 2025.
Through a series of four Earth Month stories, we will explore how 3M is creating a positive impact on the environment through improvements in its operations, the individual efforts of 3M employees, innovative products and solutions, and increasingly ambitious sustainability goals.
A $5 million gift from 3M to UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will create a new multi-year need-based scholarship program to support more than 100 Saint Paul, MN, students as they embark on STEM-related studies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities or at Florida International University (FIU). The UNCF 3M Science. Applied to Life. TM Scholarship Program is open to underrepresented minority high school seniors attending Saint Paul Public Schools or charter schools serving St.
For 3Mers who graduated from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), the impact of their education on the contributions they bring to work are evident. “Both 3M and my HBCU have a strong focus on collaboration, honesty, integrity and a passion for change,” said Braxton Hooks, a Safety & Industrial Business Group (SIBG) sales representative and graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (N.C. A&T) State University. “As a student, there was a strong encouragement to have integrity and to be honest with all people.
The launch of 3M’s first-ever, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report is not only a milestone in our commitment to increasing transparency as a company and creating greater equity in the world, but a deeper look at what we need to do in order to enact the change we want to see in the world.
Earlier this year, 3M shared the megatrends that are shaping the next 5-10 years of life on this planet. To understand the source of these trends, and their impact around the globe, we are taking a deeper dive into the key themes and the ways our people, technology and solutions are working to improve lives.