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Member since: September 2014 Commodities: Pulp & Paper, Wood


Member since: September 2014

Commodities: Pulp & Paper, Wood


3M believes science helps create a brighter world for everyone. By unlocking the power of people, ideas and science to reimagine what's possible, our global team uniquely addresses the opportunities and challenges of our customers, communities, and planet.

One of 3M’s sustainability goals is to assure wood fibre used in its products, including packaging, comes from sources that protect forests' ecological values and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood.

To achieve this goal, Earthworm Foundation partnered with 3M to create a robust Forest Products Sourcing Policy and associated implementation program which goes beyond legal harvesting legislation, incorporating crucial social and environmental expectations for its suppliers.

Earthworm experts work directly with 3M staff in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to assess regional supply chain risks related to forest products sourcing and support the implementation of the 3M global policy. We provide 3M with technical support to better understand how their suppliers manage their own sourcing risks and where to apply due diligence to advance responsible forestry in the value chain. This includes leading global risk assessments, conducting field assessments to verify practices on the ground conforming with 3M's policy, and engaging collaboratively across the supply chain.

3M's engagement with their upstream supply chain leads to greater accountability and transparency, enabling better-informed sourcing decisions. This strategy allows 3M to address systemic issues through comprehensive supplier engagement and sourcing-country assessments. As a result, 3M suppliers are enhancing their own responsible sourcing programs, and others are implementing programs that did not exist previously.

2023 Objectives

  1. Targeted supplier engagement across regions, high-risk monitoring and management
  2. Values-driven transformation and community engagement
  3. Proactive communications & industry-aligned reporting.

Key Resources

News & Media

Sep 13, 2022

Understanding Shared Impacts on Landscapes for Better Sourcing Practices

Key Milestones

Key impacts

From 2019-2022, 267 participants attended EF’s Brazil CSE trainings from over 35 companies. These companies manage over 7.4 million hectares of forest plantations and impact over 4,300 communities.
3M has conducted 18 supplier field assessments covering over 20 million hectares of forest in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America
As a result of 3M’s support and communications, the Tsay Keh Dene Nation has reported improved negotiation outcomes with industry and the province, and received verbal support for the Ingenika IPCA from two of the three licensees operating in their traditional territory.

Pulp & Paper

Forests are under increasing pressure from human activity resulting in forest loss and degradation. The forest product industry can contribute to these pressures but is also an essential part of the solution to keep forests thriving and restore forest values.

Earthworm experts work directly with 3M staff in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America to assess regional supply chain risks related to pulp and paper sourcing. Together, 3M and Earthworm Foundation engage with suppliers on responsible sourcing improvement and implement transformation projects to address the most urgent risks on the ground.

Feb 2, 2022

Supporting the Tsay Keh Dene's Efforts to Sustainably Manage their Territory

Dec 16, 2021

Supporting Brazilian forestry companies to engage with Indigenous people

Apr 12, 2018

How we’re tackling challenges in the pulp and paper industry