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3m canada co. manufacturing & energy
www.3mcanada.ca / Revenue: $30 billion globally / HQ: London, Ontario / Employees: 1,800 / Specialty: Manufacturing /
Jeff van Geel, director of strategic sourcing: "We have been on the sustainability movement for several decades now."

Innovative Sourcing
3M Canada continues to improve its sourcing and sustainability
practices. By Jim Harris

Environmental stewardship and sustainability are relatively new
aspects of the corporate
responsibility policies
of many firms. For 3M,
JEFF VAN GEEL
however, going "green"
director of stratehas been a part of its
gic sourcing
identity since the 1970s.
"We're one of the few companies that's been included in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
for 17 consecutive years, since the
inception of the Index in 1999,
and we have a program called
'Pollution Prevention Pays,' or 3P,

that we started here over 40 years
ago," says Jeff van Geel, director
of strategic sourcing for the global
manufacturing company's Canadian operations. "We have been on
the sustainability movement for
many decades now."
The company's sustainability
goals heavily influence its sourcing activities, as it considers the
energy consumption and overall
environmental impact of potential purchases such as equipment.
Company car purchases are mindful of sales representatives' needs
as well as fuel economy, he adds.

3M Canada's team includes (from
left) Jeff van Geel, director of
strategic sourcing; Terry Bowman, executive director, supply
chain; Mojdeh Poul, president
and general manager, 3M Canada;
and Mark Jacob, compliance and
sustainability leader.

Many of the materials sourced
by the company are sustainable
in nature, including its shipping
boxes made of 100 percent recycled corrugate materials. Several
of the company's plants in Canada
are ISO 50001 certified for their
energy management systems.

Supporting Sustainability
3M Canada's sustainability strategy takes what it calls the "three
pillar approach" - environmental,
social and economic factors - into
consideration. "We know we
need to do our part to protect our
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