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Member since September 2014


3M has 91,000 employees who work to apply science in ways that make a positive impact on people’s lives. 3M’s has five business groups, thousands of products and dozens of diverse markets—all of them with impact on a global scale. With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in 200, 3M creates technology and products to advance every company, enhance every home, and improve every life.


3M’s goal is to assure that the virgin wood fibre used in their pulp and paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect the rights of workers and people who live in or may depend on forests for their livelihood. Earthworm Foundation has helped 3M to build a robust pulp and paper policy and associated responsible sourcing program that goes beyond legal harvesting legislation to incorporate crucial social and environmental expectations for its suppliers. 3M has thousands of direct suppliers in multiple categories including production papers, paper-based packaging and paper-based outsourced manufacturing. Earthworm Foundation and 3M work closely to map 3M’s supply chains to forest source and to understand how suppliers are managing risks in their own supply chains.

Key Stats

As of December 2018, 88% of 3M's pulp and paper supply chain is traceable to paper mill or beyond.
Of this, 48% is traceable to forest source or fully recycled, 23% is traceable to pulp mill, and 17% to paper mill.

Key Milestones

Mar 2015

Revised Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy

Nov 2017

Co-hosted a Responsible Paper Summit with other TFT Pulp and Paper Members in Shanghai, China

Our work

Earthworm regional staff with expertise in the pulp and paper sector work directly with 3M staff in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Earthworm Foundation has conducted trainings for 3M staff and suppliers around the world to better understand the policy and expectations, and how to adapt operations to be most successful.

3M and Earthworm Foundation are continuing to collaborate on traceability and transparency by creating questionnaires for suppliers to report on their progress in conforming with the 3M policy. 3M and Earthworm Foundation have created a complementary tool for 3M to track supplier progress in reaching alignment with 3M’s expectations, and will be adapting it to a supplier database system.

Earthworm Foundation and 3M work directly with suppliers to engage in specific conversations about improvement and program implementation, and opportunities for collaboration where suppliers go beyond the minimum expectations. 3M targets work with its direct suppliers, encouraging them to take responsibility for their supply chains by creating their own responsible sourcing policies and management systems for the fibre they source and produce.

News & Stories

Apr 13, 2018

3M: Taking control of a complex supply chain

Apr 12, 2018

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

Apr 12, 2018

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