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Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership

The Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership honors an outstanding individual who, through his/her work, has demonstrated the principles of ethical leadership. The award is presented at the annual Hendrickson Forum.

2016 Award Recipient

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ( announced that its 2016 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Inge Thulin, chairman, president and CEO of 3M, for his significant contributions to the Twin Cities’ community.

The Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership honors an outstanding individual who, through his or her work, has demonstrated the principles of ethical leadership. The award will be presented to Thulin on Wednesday, April 20, at the 2016 Hendrickson Forum–“Global Leadership: Our Future With China”–presented by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Thulin has proved to be an exceptional leader for 3M and the community. Under his direction 3M continues to invest significantly in research and development, as well as in leadership development programs for the company’s people. Thulin has also strengthened 3M’s commitment to sustainability and to ethical business practices, which includes introducing a revamped Code of Conduct. 3M was recently named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year.

Thulin sits on the board of the Chevron Corporation and World Childhood Foundation and is a member of the Business Council, Council on Foreign Relations and Business Roundtable. He supports the community as chairman of the Greater Twin Cities United Way Campaign (2015) and through membership in the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

“Mr. Thulin’s dedication to leading 3M with a combination of collaborative teamwork, ethical leadership, and innovation makes him an excellent recipient of the Hendrickson Medal,” said Brother William Mann, FSC, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

A native of Sweden, Thulin joined 3M Europe in 1979 and assumed key roles in marketing, sales and management throughout his career. In 2003 he was appointed head of 3M’s international operations, and in 2011 was named chief operating officer. In less than a year, Thulin was appointed president and CEO, with the subsequent addition of chairman of the board to his duties.

“Mr. Thulin’s international business background has helped shape him as a leader with a true grasp on global trends,” said Scott McMahon executive director, Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. “This experience surely led to his focus on sustainability and the opportunities for 3M to simultaneously improve the environment and the company’s business performance.”

The 2016 Hendrickson Forum, “Global Leadership: Our Future With China,” will feature former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. The luncheon event will be held Wednesday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., with check-in and networking beginning at 11 a.m., at Saint Mary’s University Center on the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $40 per person. Advance registration is required. More information and online registration is available at:

Past recipients of the Hendrickson Medal include Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Doug Baker, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab; and Yvonne Cheung Ho, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA). 

Award Criteria

Nominees for the Award will be ethical leaders that reflect and have demonstrated the following principles noted in Doing Right in a Shrinking World by Brother Louis DeThomasis and Neal St. Anthony:

  • an attitude that embraces diversity, differences and ambiguity;
  • an appreciation for the gift of globally diverse cultures including our own;
  • a creative imagination that leads not to change, but to transformation;
  • the language of stewardship and abundance that transcends ideology;
  • an acceptance of and enthusiasm for the positive integration of faith and finance;
  • an unwavering commitment to do good and to give more; and
  • faith that the outcome of giving more is that we receive more for ourselves, and for all of humankind.

Nominees should demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Makes a significant contribution to the community
  • Employs ethical approaches that are innovative or creative, whether for a business or the community
  • Provides an example of an ethical decision that was in some way transformational for others (employees, customers, volunteers, the community) and the resources and influence used to accomplish this
  • Serves as a role model for young and emerging ethical leaders


The medal may be presented to any individual who is an ethical business leader and lives in the 11-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright counties) or the three-county Winona area (Olmsted, Wabasha, or Winona counties).

Those not eligible for this award include employees, current students and those involved in governance, on a paid or volunteer basis, of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.