Clitheroe firm 3M wins eco award

John Klee of 3M (centre) receives the award from broadcaster Sangeeta Bhabra
John Klee of 3M (centre) receives the award from broadcaster Sangeeta Bhabra

Environmental initiatives carried out by 3M, which has a manufacturing site at Clitheroe, have been recognised with a Big Tick award from the national organisation Business in the Community.

The accolade has come in the Marketplace Sustainability Leadership category of the annual awards and reflects the diversified technology company’s achievements in continuously improving the ways in which its products are made and how it carries out its business.

Its Upbrooks plant at Clitheroe manufactures valves and components for asthma inhalers and contributed to the success with initiatives that have included considerably reducing its carbon footprint in the supply chain.

The award assessors were looking for businesses whose innovative thinking against short and long-term challenges and opportunities would transform business towards a more sustainable future.

Stephen Howard, BITC’s chief executive, said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better.

“I congratulate 3M for its Big Tick, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values.

“We hope their example will inspire many more businesses.”

The company has previously won Big Tick awards in 2007 and 2011 in the community and education categories respectfully.

Commenting on its latest award, managing director Paul Keel said: “Sustainability is fundamental to our business philosophy – from product development and manufacturing to how customers use our products – and it’s great news that this has been recognised with a Big Tick award.”