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natural environment, and we need to be profitable and
return a profit to our shareholders to remain viable, but
the social aspect of sustainability is also very important
to us," van Geel notes.
The company's 3MGives program encourages employees around the world to donate time and effort to
organizations including United Way by giving paid time
to volunteer. Environmental-specific volunteer efforts
include tree-planting events and participating in conservation protection projects.
"Our support of the three pillars of sustainability contributes to the company's financial sustainability, and
helps make sure we spend company money accordingly,"
he says. "The work my teams do is very tied together with
those three pillars.
"We continue using science to develop innovative
products that address sustainability challenges facing
our customers and our global community, including the
use of renewable raw materials rather than using finite

natural resources, promoting access to clean water, enhancing human health, increasing energy efficiency, and
enabling safe work environments," van Geel adds.
The company highlights positive environmental
practices at its annual Sustainability Fair, where it
invites vendors to its Canadian headquarters in London,
Ontario, to spotlight services or products that promote
sustainability. The most recent event in April was attended by more than 300 employees as well as more than 40
students and teachers from different high schools in the
area who were invited by fair organizer Mark Jacob, 3M
Canada's compliance and sustainability leader. This is
the first time the event, which has been running for 12
years, was expanded to non-3M Canada attendees.
"We wanted to give the young people in our community an opportunity to see first hand what our suppliers and
our community partners are doing in term of improving
sustainability," says Jacob. "The students are the employees of the future, ones who will be maintaining and
leading the sustainability projects in years to come."
The teachers and students were given exclusive access
to the event for one hour, during which they were able
to ask questions of suppliers and 3M Canada President
Mojdeh Poul.

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Being at the forefront of sustainability practices is
just one example of 3M's visionary nature. The company - which has its international headquarters in St.
Paul, Minn. - is synonymous with innovation because
it is known for products that have positivity impacted
people's lives including Scotch tape, sandpaper, Post-it
Notes, Filtrete Filters and Meguiar's car care products.
3M's presence extends into several industries including
electronics, healthcare and manufacturing.
3M's Canadian operations date back to 1951. Today,
3M Canada employs 1,800 people across the country.
Van Geel's staff includes 30 people dedicated to strategic
sourcing, package engineering and facilities.
Improving the way the company sources materials
from its vendors is a high priority for the company. In
recent years, 3M Canada has invested in ways to increase
its level of collaboration with suppliers including implementing the SAP supply chain management software
platform across its operations. The effort - a global initiative spearheaded by 3M President, CEO and Chairman
of the Board Inge Thulin - will take 10 years to complete.
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