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Member since: September 2014 Commodities: Pulp & Paper


Member since: September 2014

Commodities: Pulp & Paper


3M is a science-based company committed to improving lives. One of 3M’s sustainability goals is to assure that the virgin wood fibre used in its 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 sourcing policy and associated implementation program that goes beyond legal harvesting legislation to incorporate crucial social and environmental expectations for its suppliers.

We partner to understand how 3M suppliers manage their own supply chain risks, further supplier engagement and conduct field assessments to verify that practices on the ground comply with 3M’s policy. 3M’s engagement with their upstream supply chain is leading to greater accountability and transparency, enabling more informed sourcing decisions. This strategy allows 3M to address systemic issues at scale through on-the-ground transformation, by taking targeted action where we see it’s most needed.

News & Media

Apr 13, 2018

3M: Taking control of a complex supply chain

Key Milestones

Key impacts

3M suppliers are improving and implementing their own responsible sourcing programs. In 2020 with 3M support, CSE Brazil led a FPIC training for 50 staff from 25 companies, representing 40% of plantation forest management in Brazil. In 2021, the largest Brazilian forest plantation company incorporated FPIC into its policy.
3M has conducted 15 supplier field assessments covering over 19 million hectares of forest in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America and is supporting indigenous forest stewardship of 5 million hectares of forest in Brazil and British Columbia through EF’s forest landscape transformation projects.
As of August 2021, over 89% of 3M's pulp and paper supply chain global spend is traceable to the paper mill or further upstream. Specifically, 79% is either traceable to forest source or 100% recycled, 5.6% to the pulp mill and 4.6% to the paper mill.

Pulp & Paper

Forests are under increasing pressure from human activity that results in forest loss and degradation. The pulp and paper industry is one of these pressures, but it can also be what keeps forests standing and contribute to the restoration of 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