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Inge G. Thulin Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Today, some of our most important goals serve the needs of everyone on this planet.

As a company serving a multitude of industries in nearly every country on the planet, we recognize the opportunity we have: to grow our business while solving some of the world’s biggest problems.

This requires, first and foremost, collaboration – with our customers, partners and stakeholders. It means understanding the everyday sustainability challenges faced by our customers, the important commitments companies and governments have made, and how all of this affects the bigger picture – the large, long-term societal issues that must be faced to empower generations to come.

We look forward to forging new approaches that serve both business and society.

At the same time, we recognize the progress we have made throughout 2016, which demonstrates the value of keeping sustainability in our sights at all times and in all of the places 3M operates:

  • We continued using science to develop products that address challenges facing our customers and our global community, including enhancing human health, promoting access to clean water, increasing energy efficiency, and enabling safe work environments.
  • We released a new parental leave policy that extends the amount of leave while including both biological and adoptive parents, which is designed to help all parents play active roles in their families.
  • We partnered with the Smithsonian to open the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., by providing financial and product support.
  • A survey by the National Institute of High School Scholars ranked 3M as the top place to work for millennials.
  • We convened customer conversations focused on sustainability, and embedded sustainability into our business strategies across the company and the globe.

We also began our journey toward our 2025 sustainability goals, which include investing in sustainable materials, energy efficiency and water management; helping our customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the use of our products; promoting worker and patient safety in health care and industrial settings; and strengthening our workforce by doubling 3M’s pipeline of diverse leaders.

In collaboration with our customers, partners and stakeholders, we will reach these goals and continue doing what 3M does best: use science to make the world a safer, healthier and better place. That is 3M Science. Applied to Life.™