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3M is helping to improve lives around the world.


  • 3Mgives Volunteers

    Investing our resources. Investing ourselves.

    3M improves lives and builds sustainable communities through social investments and the thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide. Through both corporate giving and the 3M Foundation, we support initiatives that impact communities and provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

    In the UK and Ireland our wide-reaching 3Mgives community programme is not about reacting to requests for cash donations - it is a proactive programme focused on those areas where we believe our contribution can make a real difference. We aim to support organisations that help communities help themselves.


We make a positive impact in our three focus areas.

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    STEM Education
    Our programme is focused on encouraging more young people, and particularly girls, to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and to consider a career in this exciting field. Our dedicated STEM Ambassadors run activities for local schools, host visits at our facilities and create educational resources; and every year hundreds of 7-16 year-olds enter the 3M Young Innovators Challenge.
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    Local Community Support

    3M employees are encouraged to dedicate one working day per year to a 3Mgives volunteering project, usually linked to STEM education and/or sustainable living. Through our 3Mgives Care&Share scheme we also support 3Mers who raise funds for registered UK charities. Fund-raising efforts are matched pound-for-pound up to a total of £100 per employee per financial year.

  • Leading The Fight Against Covid-19

    Since the start of the global pandemic, 3M has focused on three key areas: providing Personal Protective Equipment to frontline healthcare workers; supporting the most vulnerable people in society impacted by the crisis; and funding university research programmes into treatments and vaccine development for Covid-19. Working with partners such as United Way Worldwide, we have helped direct global 3M funding to those most in need in our local communities.