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By Stephen Johnson, Eugene Luo, Frank Margherita, Dipak Patil
This paper explores the sustainability of 3M’s many supply chains.
office products. any form of waste and application of green technologies within transportation and logistics networks.Company Overview: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co (3M). inventory and traditional views of cost1. They are a leader in many markets including health care.000 employees. produce over 55. 3M is best known for the inventions of masking and Scotch tape. In practice. but are important for longterm effectiveness and profitability of companies. http://searchmanufacturingerp. 3M’s 2015 Sustainability Goals represent the company’s continuing 1 SearchManufacturingERP.techtarget. Classically. supply chain sustainability. have operations in over 60 countries which include 29 international companies with manufacturing operations. 3M’s products are available for purchase in over 200 countries through distributors and retailers.com. and adhesives.000 products.com/definition/supply-chain-sustainability . The philosophy is based on the principle that socially responsible products and practices are not just good for the environment. electronic materials. Sustainability Goals: Supply chain sustainability is a holistic perspective of supply chain processes and technologies that go beyond the focus of delivery. supply chain sustainability can include projects to reduce energy cost. highway safety. optical films. Today 3M employs over 76. and 35 with laboratories. electronic circuits. was founded in 1902 and is now headquartered in St Paul MN.
• Develop Water Conservation Plans when 3M is located in water scarce and stressed areas. And conventional controls only constrain the problem temporarily. • Reduce Waste 10% by 2015 from 2010 base year indexed to net sales. In 1975 the year it started. they do not eliminate it. It is based on the belief that a preventative approach is more effective. human energy. These goals include: • Reduce Volatile Air Emissions 15% by 2015 from 2010 base year.000 tons of air . The program is proved to have great success. • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 5% by 2011 from 2006 base year.commitment to reduce its releases to the environment. and economical than conventional pollution controls. indexed to net sales. To Achieve the Goal: Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program – in the 1960-70s pollution became hot issue. Building conventional controls requires natural resources. and money. indexed to net sales (Goal was set in 2007). indexed to net sales. 3M initiated Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) in 1975. technically sound. operating them requires even more. it ran 19 projects which prevented 73. • Improve Energy Efficiency 25% by 2015 from 2005 base year.
As a result.3M is implementing innovative truck decking systems that decrease air emissions and save on fuel costs. B.000 per year. the facility reduced solvent emissions by more than 45 tons per year. This new system has reduced the number of daily truckloads by 40 percent. Doing so reduces the facility’s water use by 1.5 million gallons annually and cuts water costs by half. By preventing solvent emissions at the source.4 billion through 8.emissions and 2.800 tons of sludge. By now over 6000 projects are implemented and they prevent more than three billion pounds of pollution and saved nearly $1.500 gallons of fuel and $110. Water treatment – For reducing water demands 3M India’s Bangalore facility treats its wastewater on-site and uses the sanitized water to irrigate its grounds. Energy Reduction . The decking system allows one truck to carry two levels of load without stacking the pallets on each other and damaging the products. saving about 12.600 employee driven pollution prevention projects since 1975. Reducing – 3M has long been devoting in reducing the environmental footprints (or carbon footprints) during the entire industrial processes including: A. the plant also eliminated the need for pollution control equipment. reducing the . for wastewater treatment 3M Brazil facilities replaced a solvent-based paper treatment process the company used to manufacture packaging with a new water-based process.
The project prevented nearly 11 tons of waste and saved nearly $1 million in its first year of implementation. resulting in a saving of 550 tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) annually. reusable steel crates that reduce waste and save money.5 tons of hazardous waste per year. it 3M Fairmont recently installed a new solvent-free coating technology to eliminate the use of organic solvent. Waste Disposal Reduction .S.plant’s energy use and eliminating more than 125 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.800 in the first year it was implemented alone. The project is expected to save 3M Brazil more than $850. D.3M is reducing waste inherent to product design by using Red Dot Resting (RDR) Electrodes. Wisconsin. so that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air emissions by 90%.000 in its first year of implementation. thereby eliminating the need to use pollution prevention equipment. The new crates collapse to one-third of their height for easy return to the U. This change resulted in the elimination of 50 tons of air emission and 1. Air Emissions Reductions – 3M uses coating reformulations and equipment modifications in Prairie du Chien. Moreover. Also. C. 3M develops collapsible. . This project eliminated 315 tons of solid waste and produced savings of $101.
and donation to environmental groups. 3M also adopted a new Life Cycle Management Policy in 2001 requiring all of our business units to conduct life cycle reviews for all new and existing products. 3M have donated more than $10 million to The Nature Conservancy to safeguard critical habitat and biodiversity in the U. Mexico.000 and prevent more than 1. Every year 3M award the individual or groups make great contribution such as 3P program. Supplier Standers .000 in the first year. In practical it is usually processed by tree planting.000 tons of waste per year..Suppliers are expected to adopt practices that comply with all applicable laws and regulations and that are . Another plant that produces film prevented 164 tons of waste and resulted in a savings of $336.S. With these types of processes a plant that has uses platinum in their production process is saving more than $100. and China. Brazil. as well carbon trading – buying carbon emission “quota” from elsewhere. Carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other GHGs made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. education. Carbon Offsets – 3M’s sustainability program includes not only reduction and recycling but also carbon offset. 3M also have been encouraging its employees to create on sustainable field.Recycling – Several 3M facilities have developed pollution prevention projects that turn wasted supplies into raw materials by working with a recycler to recover waste so it could be reused.
increasing energy and resource efficiency in the manufacturing and supply processes to reduce environmental impacts.environmentally sound and socially responsible. Use of Materials – reducing use/volume of materials.ensuring that products and services are produced to standards consistent with 3M’s Supply Chain Policies. Examples include: • Increasing the energy efficiency of process equipment . including input materials • Increasing the recyclability of saleable product C. waste • Increasing the reuse of materials • Increasing the use of renewable materials • Recycling materials. Use of Energy and Indirect Resources . B. increasing use of substances that have less environmental impact than alternatives. based on the following factors: A. including packaging. Responsible Sourcing . and designing products that can either be reused or recycled. Examples include: • Reducing material content. increasing use of materials with recycled content.
.• Increasing modes the energy efficiency in transportation • Reducing water consumption • Reducing the resource intensity to fabricate capital equipment Success on Sustainability Achievement – Thanks to 3M’s continues working on sustainable supply chain. great achievements have been made on various of field including: • Air emission reduces 85% since 1990 • Pollutants disposing in water body reduces 80% since 1990 • Waste disposal reduces 25% since 1990 • Total waste disposal reduces 35% since 1990 Recognition of Sustainability • Sustained Excellence Award for Energy management Eighth year in a row 3M’s been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy. • Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands for 2011 – Ranked #2 on the list of ‘Greenest’ Brands.
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