3M values supplier partnerships where our core values align with empowering ethical growth, inspiring integrity through collaboration and compliance, as well as stewardship of our people, planet and practices. We encourage all suppliers to have a proactive approach in aligning with 3M's policies and programs to strengthen our supply chains and ensure conformance to regulations. By working together, we can achieve business success and uphold our strong, positive reputations.
It is the responsibility of 3M Suppliers to stay current on applicable laws.
The 3M Contract Provisions page contains information on supplier requirements such as:
Background: The 3M “Supply Chain Policies” were first established in 2006 to document our expectations for suppliers’ environmental, health, safety, labor and transportation performance. The Supplier Responsibility Code is the “next generation” of our expectations for supplier responsible practices.
How was this new version developed? A cross-functional team benchmarked the supplier requirements from many peer companies (multi-national manufacturers of diverse products). We also consulted guidance from organizations like the OECD and the UN, and recent case studies from consulting firms and not-for-profit sustainability organizations. Most significantly, we used as a basis for this draft the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly known as the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct, tailoring it to include important aspects of 3M’s existing Supply Chain Policies. The RBA Code is a well-established, comprehensive Code that was initially created for the electronics industry, and is increasingly being emulated in other industries.
What does it cover? This 3M Supplier Responsibility Code consists of 5 main sections, with some of the more significant updates to our original Policies noted below:
How will we implement? New and renegotiated supply contracts and PO terms will reference the new code. Existing contracts will not be re-negotiated solely for this change. Our supplier assessment program is being updated to match the Code expectations.
The 3M Supplier Responsibility Code is available in a number of different languages as provided on the 3M Supplier Responsibility Code page. This Supplier Responsibility Code Assessment introductory presentation (PDF, 1.2 MB) can be accessed and/or shared with suppliers to help them better understand 3M’s environmental and social compliance expectations.
Heavy Metals and Other Environmental Requirements in Packaging
Reference: General Specification HM-PE-002
PDF Document Schedule A – Packaging Suppliers Compliance Certificate (285KB)
3M would like our raw material and packaging selections to promote a “Circular Economy.” In a circular economy, companies strive to keep materials “in play” as long as possible (e.g. use recycled materials, develop durable/recyclable products, create novel end-of-use solutions, etc.) and to utilize regenerative/renewable materials. The information provided in this request form will reside in an internal, 3M global repository, hosted in the U.S. and made available to Sourcing personnel, developers and other team members within the company looking to identify circular economy alternatives.
Please access the Sustainability Solutions request to provide your company’s information.
If you have questions, please send an email to Responsible Sourcing @ mmm.com (copy and paste into your email and remove the spaces).