Science matters to 3M – and it matters to people all over the world.
This year, to help bring our State of Science Index findings to life, we reached out to 3M employees and other thought leaders across the world to ask them what science – and its power to drive social impact – means to them.
78% of people believe ensuring access to quality healthcare regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, location, etc. is the top social justice advancement society should prioritise in the next five years.
“I am the HR leader in one of 3M India’s manufacturing facilities in Pune. Volunteering time and working for social causes is very close to my heart. Following the 2nd wave of the pandemic - the only clear way to protect lives was to ensure vaccination for all. We initiated a Community Vaccination program with our CSR partners Vaccine on Wheels and United Way of Bengaluru in August 2021. At that time, the availability of vaccine and administering it were both equally challenging. We collaborated with the local government to ensure continuous vaccine supplies and built awareness in targeted slum areas, which resulted in successfully vaccinating the economically disadvantaged.
This model is now being replicated in other states as we continue our efforts towards such meaningful interventions. Having led this pilot, I am very proud to say that we will soon be crossing 50,000+ beneficiaries by end of April 2022.”
- Arti Mishra
HR manager, Pimpri Plant
87% of people believe it’s important to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.
“Growing up, I was fascinated by the science and engineering behind things we encounter every day—planes, whistling kettles, rubbish disposal. When I combined this natural curiosity with my desire for a career that would benefit society, I decided to study chemical engineering. As someone who identifies as LGBTQ+, however, there was a distinct feeling that science and engineering wasn’t for queer people. I believe a diverse population of scientists and engineers is what makes our daily lives better, and it’s important to drive out stereotypes and stigmas that deter more people from entering the field.”
- Jaipal Sachdev
EMEA Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and 3M Pride Chair Elect
Roughly two-thirds of the world believes AI is an exciting technology that impacts their life daily.
“In the next five years, AI will become increasingly sophisticated and improve a diverse range of industries and business processes—most of it largely invisible to us. Benefits range from individual user experiences—like tailored recommendations on social media or streaming devices and checkout-free shopping—to the discovery of new medicines and early identification of supply chain impacts. The opportunities for AI are almost limitless.”
- Mani Upadhyaya
Vice President, Data Analytics & Technology Center of Excellence, Digital Transformation, 3M
79% of the world is concerned that they or a loved one may one day be displaced from where they live due to extreme weather related to climate change.
“After the earthquake and tsunami hit Ofunato City in 2011, I was assigned to work as a city official and consulted local companies on how to restart and rebuild their businesses. Now, as part of the CSR committee for 3M Japan, I am leading a project to make our community more resilient to disasters. We are planning to establish the autonomous disaster relief team incorporating local volunteers, enterprises and local government in Yamagata, which will increase the responsiveness and resilience of the local community during future emergencies.”
- Takemasa Fujii
Facilitation & Delivery Team, Global Learning, 3M
81% say women are a source of untapped potential in the STEM workforce.
“A lot of times I’m overlooked for my capabilities, or I feel undermined just because people don’t view me as a scientist or an innovator… just because of how I look.”
- Gitanjali Rao,
Inventor and youth science advocate, Not the Science Type
Over the past five years, the importance of science to everyday life has risen 8 percentage points. 52% say science is very important to their everyday lives in 2022, vs. 44% in 2018.
“On the 5th anniversary of the 3M State of Science Index, it’s clear that people around the world recognise the importance of science more today than they did five years ago. As the role of science in society becomes increasingly relatable to people, it also becomes more personal. 3M’s efforts to advocate for STEM have never been so relevant as they are today, and we value the diversity of thought reflected in these voices that champion science to improve lives.”
- Dr. Jayshree Seth
3M Chief Science Advocate
82% agree there is a lot of opportunity for jobs in skilled trades.
Female scientists, including Jayshree Seth and Gitanjali Rao, challenge stereotypes and blaze paths for future generations in this 3M-produced docuseries.