3M has announced that it is collaborating with the Pandemic Action Network to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and to help prepare for future pandemics. St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M operates in the promotional products market through its 3M Promotional Markets Dept. (PPAI 113638, S11).

Pandemic Action Network is a coalition of more than 100 global multi-sector organizations that are driving collective action to bring an end to COVID-19 and to ensure the world is prepared for the next pandemic. 3M and Pandemic Action Network will work together on programming to support vulnerable communities that continue to bear the brunt of COVID-19.

"We're staying true to our 3M vision to improve every life, as we take steps today to prepare for and help protect against future pandemics," says Denise Rutherford, SVP and chief corporate affairs officer, 3M. "No stakeholder or sector can tackle the enormity of this alone. The challenge demands bold collaboration on solutions and innovative approaches with governments, NGOs, academic organizations and other companies because that's how we will build a stronger and more resilient future."

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO of Panorama Global and co-founder of Pandemic Action Network, adds, “With the mass roll-out of vaccines and the U.S. CDC's recent guidance on masking, many people are understandably hopeful that the worst is behind us—but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and now is not the time to let our guard down. So far in 2021, there have been more cases and deaths reported compared to the whole of 2020. We must act on lessons learned, and continue to promote and inspire healthy behaviors while ensuring the world is better prepared for pandemic threats. Through our partnership with 3M, we will mobilize public support and catalyze action until the world has fully crushed this pandemic."