3M is First to Gain WQA Sustainability Certification

  3M is First to Gain WQA Sustainability Certification

                 Products will carry WQA Certification symbol

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- September 16, 2013

3M Purification is the first to achieve WQA Sustainability Certifications
under the new WQA Product Sustainability standards. The products include water
filtration products for the home and water appliances. 3M Purification joined
a task force of other leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to assist
the Water Quality Association (WQA) in developing a new suite of
sustainability standards for drinking water treatment products. Following a
successful third party inspection, six 3M, Aqua-Pure® and Water Factory
Systems™ water filtration products are now the first in the industry to be
certified under these important new standards.

The WQA set out to create the standards in order to give consumers, water
professionals, and other stakeholders meaningful sustainability information
about water filtration products, as well as to drive sustainability and
innovation in the industry. For an activated carbon water filtration product
to carry the WQA Sustainability Certification label, the product must first be
certified to the appropriate safety/performance standard. Also, the
manufacturer must meet two new WQA Sustainability standards. The first, WQA
S-801, is a Sustainable Management standard that examines corporate governance
factors such as: social responsibility; environmental policies, goals and
communications; as well as supplier sustainability performance. The second
standard, WQA S-803, is a Product Sustainability standard for Activated Carbon
Water Filtration Systems. This standard encompasses cradle-to-grave attributes
of a product, including raw material sourcing, manufacturing and assembly,
packaging and end-of-life management.

“As the first company to receive WQA Sustainability certification, 3M has
proven itself to be a leader in environmental responsibility,” said Dave
Haataja, Chief Executive Officer of WQA. Haataja added, “This certification
distinguishes 3M as a conscientious corporate citizen. Committing to
environmental sustainability is the right thing to do, and consumers will
respond positively.”

The six products that have been certified will carry a WQA Certification
Symbol on their packaging, designed to help professionals and consumers
identify water filtration products that are more environmentally friendly. The
certified products include:

  *The 3M™ Full Flow Drinking Water System 3MDW201, an under-sink system that
    operates through the existing faucet
  *The 3M™ Advanced Drinking Water System 3MDW301, an under-sink system that
    operates through a dedicated faucet
  *The 3M™ Advanced Whole House Filtration System Model 3MPF301, a large
    capacity system for city water
  *The Aqua-Pure® 3MFF100 Full Flow Drinking Water System, an under-sink
    filter with a nominal filter pore size of just 0.2 microns
  *Water Factory Systems™ FM DWS 1500, an under-sink carbon filter drinking
    water system
  *Water Factory Systems™ FM 1500-B Faucet Mate™, an under-sink carbon filter
    drinking water system with faucet

“We’re proud to have served on the WQA task force to help develop these
important standards,” said Bill Contaxis, Strategic Business Leader,
Residential Commercial Business Unit, 3M Purification. “We are also proud of
the rigorous environmental practices that we have already had in place, which
certainly contributed to the speed with which our products were certified. We
will continue our leadership in lifecycle sustainability so that our customers
know they can rely on 3M to help minimize their environmental footprint.”

These products are the first in 3M Purification’s ongoing commitment to life
cycle sustainability. 3M Purification is currently working to gain
certification for additional products and expects to announce its next round
of WQA Certified products later this year.

3M Purification provides a diverse portfolio of water and air filtration
products and technologies for the Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and
Life Sciences industries across the globe. For more information about 3M
Purification, click here www.3Mpurification.com.

3M Company has hundreds of solutions to help customers reduce energy, air
pollution, and waste, use more renewable resources, achieve green building
certification, and protect employee health & safety. For more information,
visit www.3M.com/sustainability.

About 3M
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ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on

3M, Water Factory Systems and Faucet Mate are trademarks of 3M Company.
Aqua-Pure is a registered trademark of 3M Company.


For 3M:
Karwoski & Courage Public Relations
Emily Wozniak, 612-342-9635
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