3M (formerly the Minnesota Mining and
Manufacturing Co.) markets a diverse range of industrial and consumer products,
ranging from Post-it® notes and Scotch® tape to bandages, pharmaceuticals, and
2005 Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock
in 3M, a resolution
was filed in the fall of 2004 calling on the company to "Give the Animals 5"—replace five crude and cruel animal tests with
state-of-the-art and scientifically valid non-animal methods that were already
in use in other countries.
Despite assurances that "3M acknowledges
and encourages the use of alternatives to animals and subscribes to the
recognized principles of replacement, reduction, and refinement," the
company opposed our resolution. Furthermore, 3M sought permission from the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to exclude our resolution from its
proxy statement, arguing that it dealt with
ordinary business matters that are not subject to a vote by stockholders. The
SEC staff did not concur with any of the company's arguments
and ordered 3M to publish the PETA-sponsored resolution in
its shareholder proxy materials.
PETA's resolution was brought to a vote and
received almost 14 million shares (2.9 percent).
2006 Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
In 2006, PETA filed a resolution with 3M calling
on the company to develop and make publicly accessible an animal welfare policy
that would include reducing the numbers of animals used and
ensuring that social and behavioral enrichment measures were implemented for
the animals used both in-house and at contract testing laboratories.
The resolution was largely the result of the horrors uncovered in
the independent contract testing laboratory Covance Inc., whose officials boasted
that their clients included "just about every major company
around the world."
3M again challenged our resolution, partly on
the grounds that the company would be unable to evaluate the animals' needs.
Again, the SEC ruled in PETA's favor and ordered 3M to publish the
PETA-sponsored resolution in its shareholder proxy materials. 3M published our
resolution along with its opposition statement advising shareholders to vote
with 3M prior to the annual meeting resulted in withdrawal of the resolution
when the company agreed to implement the proposal and work with PETA to reduce
the number of animals used.
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