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.
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.
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.