In this interview, Jean Bennington Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M, gives an overview of the company’s sustainability journey as a purpose-driven organisation. She points to three main ways in which sustainability helps 3M –compliance, risk management, and growth—and how this resonates with investors. Jean emphasizes the crucial importance of setting bold sustainability goals-how that drives innovation-and discusses the lesson for the company when it fails meet its sustainability targets, which happened for the first time over the last year. Finally, Jean gives her views on the company’s recently launched 2017 Sustainability Report.
Jean Bennington Sweeney is Chief Sustainability Officer for 3M Company. She has held a wide variety of positions at 3M in product development, manufacturing and business management. Today, Ms. Sweeney is responsible for 3M environment, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility programs globally covering over 200 facilities and the development and implementation of corporate sustainability strategies in collaboration with 3M employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders globally.