3M is recognized with the prestigious 2017 Catalyst Award, which honours companies for their proven approach to expand opportunities for women and business.
3M’s “I’m in – Accelerating Women Leadership,” is a global initiative that focuses on the advancement of women, and is an important component of a diversity and inclusion strategy that positively impacts the company worldwide.
“Diversity is a competitive weapon for 3M as it spurs creativity and new ideas, while helping us better serve our customers around the world,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“From appointing women to top leadership positions to new expanded parental leave benefits, we are creating an even more diverse and inclusive culture, where all people can succeed. Equally important, we will build on our progress and do even more into the future, including doubling 3M’s pipeline of diverse leaders by 2025.”
While 3M’s initiative focusing on women in the management pipeline and across the company, it is part of a broader “I’m In.” organizational approach to engage and develop all 3M people worldwide. A few of the specific elements as a part of this initiative include:
The “I’m in. Accelerating Women’s Leadership” initiative accelerated progress for women leaders in business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the past five years with the following global results:
“Intentional change requires bold leadership, which these companies embody. This is how diversity, inclusion and gender parity come to life in the workplace. It’s incredible to see these Award-winning initiatives changing minds, changing behaviours and creating more opportunities for women,” said Deborah Gillis, CEO of Catalyst.
“Business leaders have the power and a greater responsibility than ever before to make room for all employees to succeed. 3M is to be commended for leading the change,” Deborah added.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Catalyst Award recognizes companies that have proven organizational approaches to address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women.
Catalyst Award-winning initiatives are evaluated in a rigorous, year-long process against criteria such as strategy and rationale, senior leadership activities, accountability and transparency, communication, employee engagement, innovation, and measureable results. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 85 initiatives at 79 organizations from around the world.
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