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3M values its diverse workforce as a strong component for the growth of its business globally. They know that a diverse global workforce helps generate more ideas and innovative solutions. Since more than 60% of 3M's sales come from outside the United States, they rely on employees who understand the needs of diverse customers.
3M values and utilizes its Employee Resource Groups/Affinity Groups as diversity champions, educational resources, community outreach participants, and supporters of personal and professional development. Members of the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) also participate in their Human Resources Advisory Committee on Diversity. This Committee promotes understanding and respect for differences among employees, and fosters inclusiveness throughout the company.
Their disability ERG, the Disability Advisory Committee, serves as an advisor to 3M and a resource for employees and their families on issues affecting people with disabilities, including disability awareness and education, accessibility, accommodations and employee recruitment and retention. The Disability Advisory Committee hosts outside speakers and in partnership with the Minnesota Business Leadership Network, members participate in Disability Mentoring Day and Career Fair for high school and college students and graduates with disabilities. Members also help 3M recruit talented candidates with disabilities and partner with 3M scientists to bring science to middle school girls with disabilities at a local camp.