3M is marking Responsible Business Week by hosting a sustainability workshop and welcoming school children to its head office to compete in a science challenge.
Responsible Business Week, 24-28 April, is run by Business in the Community as an opportunity for companies to come together to demonstrate the positive impact they make and share ideas with other organisations.
On Wednesday 26 April, 3M is hosting a sustainability workshop facilitated by Forum for the Future, an international non-profit making organisation that works with businesses, governments and society to solve complex sustainability challenges.
3M is a long-standing member of the forum and will be joined by companies including Bosch, BASF, Kimberley-Clarke, Aster Group, Godrej and Johnson Matthey to explore innovative ways to work together to tackle common challenges such as reducing packaging and waste. Delegates will also enjoy a tour of 3M's state-of-the-art Customer Innovation Centre.
During the week, more than 130 students from 13 primary and secondary schools will be competing in four Young Innovators challenges. These include the Tower Tech Challenge – which has been developed with lecturers in civil and building engineering at Loughborough University – and the Canyon Crossing Challenge, which was developed by principal 3M project engineer Chris Bishop for primary school children to build a bridge that is as light and strong as possible.
This is the first time that the popular 3M Young Innovators Challenge, which has been running in the Loughborough area since 2013, has been extended to schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts in Berkshire.
Said 3M’s Corporate Communications manager John Klee: “The Young Innovators Challenge reflects the aims of our community programme to foster young interest in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.
“The annual competition has proved enormously popular with schools in Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire and we are aiming to replicate that enthusiasm in the Bracknell and Wokingham region.”
During Responsible Business Week, 3M will also be sharing a number of sustainability stories via social media channels such as Twitter.
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