Environment

Energy recognition
As a part of the EHS Management System, 3M's corporate-wide Environmental Targets 2010 take over where year 2005 environmental achievements left off. These assume a much broader approach to addressing environmental issues. The corporate environmental targets are stretch goals directed at reducing our environmental impact on top of significant progress already made.

In 2008 3M was presented the Environmental Responsibility Award in the European Office Products Awards for the company's development of recycled Post-it® products.

Management System
3M's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System promotes sound environmental management at our facilities worldwide. It helps us address changing customer needs and expectations as we continue to drive sustainable growth. The EHS Management System:

. includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement
. promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business unit strategic plans
. requires each business unit to identify EHS issues, develop formal action plans, set goals and measure results
. requires a Life Cycle Management review of all new products and of existing products on a prioritised basis.

Environmental Targets for 2010
As a part of the EHS Management System, 3M's corporate-wide Environmental Targets 2010 take over where year 2005 environmental achievements left off. These assume a much broader approach to addressing environmental issues. The corporate environmental targets are stretch goals directed at reducing our environmental impact on top of significant progress already made.

2005 - 2010 Corporate Environment Goals:

. Reduce Volatile Air Emissions by 25%
. Improve Energy Efficiency by 20%
. Reduce Waste (NonProduct Output) by 20%
. Complete 800 Pollution Prevention Pays projects.

Life Cycle Management
An integral part of the new EHS Management System is Life Cycle Management (LCM). Instead of only focusing on the manufacturing process to control environmental, health, safety and energy effects, the spotlight is now on products throughout their entire life cycle, from manufacturing through customer use and disposal. 3M has adopted a Life Cycle Management Policy requiring all business units to conduct LCM reviews for all new products and to conduct LCM reviews on existing products on a prioritised basis. LCM reviews of all existing products must be completed by 2010.

ISO Certification
Eight UK and Ireland manufacturing sites are accredited to the voluntary international ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard: Atherstone (Warwickshire), Aycliffe (County Durham), Bangor (County Down, Northern Ireland), Bedford, Clitheroe (Lancashire), Gorseinon (South Wales), Loughborough (Leicestershire) and Northallerton (North Yorkshire).

Health and Safety
Employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and safety, as well as that of their peers. Our Corporate Health & Safety Policy, Global Safety and Health Plan Self Assessment and EHS Management System work together to help maintain the safety and health of 3M UK and Ireland employees and provide a safe and healthy workplace. In the UK seven sites are accredited to the voluntary safety standard OHSAS 18001: Atherstone, Aycliffe, Bangor, Bedford, Hillington (Strathclyde), Gorseinon and Loughborough.

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