Corporate responsibility is now high on national and international agendas. In 1975, 3M was one of the first major manufacturing companies actively to address environmental issues and, as with our drive for innovation, we involved employees through our benchmark program Pollution Prevention Pays.
We believe we have a sound record of achievement in corporate responsibility, but continually strive to improve our performance and address the ongoing challenges and opportunities. We are committed to sustainable development through a proactive approach to environmental protection, social responsibility and strong economic progress.
3M's commitment is to actively contribute to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic progress. To us, that means meeting the needs of society today, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Everything we do is underpinned by our corporate values, and our day-to-day actions are guided by our Business Conduct Policies.
Our Sustainability Strategic Principles
3M's strategies for sustainability encompass the pursuit of customer satisfaction and commercial success within a framework of environmental, social and economic values.
Economic Success: Build lasting customer relationships by developing differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to their sustainability challenges.
Environmental Stewardship: Provide practical and effective solutions and products to address environmental challenges for ourselves and our customers.
Social Responsibility: Engage key stakeholders in dialogue and take action to improve 3M's sustainability performance.
3M New Zealand and Sustainability
At 3M we pride ourselves as being a company that puts integrity, collaboration, innovation and sustainability above all else.
3M’s breadth in product lines and in the wider marketplace ensures employees can explore a diverse range of career opportunities including those in the technical, accounting, sales, marketing, production, and other specialist roles and fields, all within 3M.
At 3M we support an environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance, we believe our employees should work in a supportive environment that values its staff and provides them with an enjoyable work life, as well as fostered career progression.
We offer a range of out of office activities that foster team work, individual development, and promote general health and wellbeing.
Rodney Coast Challenge
The Rodney Coast Challenge is an example of the team building activities that 3M New Zealand employees are encouraged to take part in. The multi sport event is run by the Kaukapakapa Scout group as a fundraiser, and takes place every October. The event consists of a 10km forest run, a 30km road cycle, 24km mountain bike, 8km kayak and at 150 metre sprint to finish. The Rodney Coast Challenge usually attracts more than 300 participants.
In 2010 24 3M New Zealand employees took part.
Tread Lightly Caravan
Of all the pathways to growth, investing in our people is the most important. The premise is simple – if your people grow, your company will grow.
3M New Zealand sponsor the Tread Lightly Caravan. This charity offers a unique opportunity to invest in our team & the community. We offer every employee the opportunity to volunteer one school day per year. 3M’ers are able to attend their children’s schools manning environmental exhibits, teaching children how everyday life choices impact on the environment.