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Committed to the Principles of the UN Global Compact

3M proudly aligns with principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 3M became a signatory member of the UN Global Compact in February 2014.



  • Inge Thulin CEO

    Our Commitment-Message from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    I am pleased to confirm that 3M supports the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. While we have always acted in accordance with the core values represented by UNGC, we are proud to formalise our commitment to its principles. Through that commitment, we express our intent to implement and make the principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company. We also seek to engage and look forward to collaborative projects, which advance the broad development of the goals of the United Nations around the world.

    Sincerely yours,

    Inge G. Thulin
    Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer


  • Human Rights

    Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and 
    Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses

  • Labour

    Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective
    Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
    Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour and
    Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

  • Environment

    Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; 
    Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
    Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

  • Anti-Corruption

    Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

3M’s Communication on Progress

  • 3M’s activities and associated work toward implementing the 10 UN Global Compact Principles into business strategies and global operations is provided in our 2014 Sustainability Report. The UN Global Compact index included in the report provides a cross reference to each of the 10 principles and our progress within the relevant report sections.