3M, which has a manufacturing plant at Northallerton, has won two new accolades for the way it carries out its business.
The science-based technology company manufactures high performance protective coatings for oil, gas, water, rail and automotive industries at its Standard Way plant.
It has been named as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the fourth year running in the annual rankings produced by the prestigious Ethisphere Institute – an honour that only four industrial manufacturing companies worldwide can claim this year.
The Ethisphere Institute assesses companies on a series of levels, from compliance programmes and corporate responsibility to leadership and a culture of ethics.
Kristen Ludgate, 3M’s chief compliance officer, said: “At 3M, it’s not enough to just win in business – it matters how you do it. Customers want to do business with companies they can trust, and achieving that trust requires the help of all employees.”
3M has also received a gold rating for corporate social responsibility from EcoVadis, an organisation that evaluates the environmental, social and ethical management systems of suppliers.
The gold rating puts 3M in the top one per cent of companies assessed this year.
The company celebrated its success during last week’s Responsible Business Week.