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Public Policy

We participate in the political process to help shape public policy and legislation that have a direct effect on our company. This engagement is tied closely to our business strategies and is an important way to build and protect our license to operate. Our involvement includes coalition building, relationship building, advocacy, political contributions and grass roots activities.


Our involvement in the political process reflects the company’s interests and not those of individual officers or directors. Public policy and legislative priorities are reviewed annually with senior business leaders as well as with the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee of the board of directors. Issues of particular importance to us include:

  • Green building and bio-based purchasing programs, standards and recognition for the sustainable attributes of wood and forest products
  • Energy policy, including the role of biomass in renewable energy policies and rates levied by the Bonneville Power Administration
  • Climate policy, including impacts on manufacturing costs and positive recognition of sequestered carbon in forests and forests products
  • Clean air and water policies, including impacts on manufacturing processes and forest management activities
  • Conservation of and access to the boreal forest and protection of caribou in Canada
  • Softwood lumber trade between the United States and Canada
  • Taxation of timberlands in the United States

To advocate our positions, we rely on government affairs professionals, assisted by business managers and subject-matter experts. We follow both the letter and the spirit of the laws governing lobbying, with managers receiving regular training on current law and practices. In our lobbying efforts, we strive to work fairly and honestly with public officials at all levels.

All laws and regulations regarding in-kind contributions, use of corporate facilities and resources, independent expenditures, and gifts and ethics laws are stringently followed. Employees may not offer, promise or give anything of value to any government official, employee, agent or other intermediary (either domestically or internationally) to influence the exercise of government duties. We disclose all transactions in our annual report of company political donations.


We strongly support employee involvement in political affairs and encourage and support lawful individual activities that involve political parties, candidates or issues. Our employees must comply with all laws, regulations and company policies regarding gifts to, and entertainment of, government officials.

Employees may communicate personal opinions to government officials. However, our employees may not use company stationery, the Weyerhaeuser name, work titles or other company resources, such as electronic media, copiers, phones or fax machines, to express personal opinions to government officials or to promote candidates.

We encourage employees to register and exercise their right to vote. We also may ask employees to communicate with public officials through the company website on important company issues. No pressure in any form may be directed toward any employee to make any personal political contributions or to support or oppose any ballot measure, political party or the candidacy of any person.


Political contributions reflect one dimension of participation in the political process. To ensure we are in compliance with all applicable laws, our political contributions are managed by our public affairs team, under a general delegation of authority from the company’s general counsel. No contribution may be given in anticipation of or in return for an official act.


Annually, we disclose our political contributions made in the United States in our report of political donations. Some states allow companies to contribute directly to campaigns for state and local offices and for ballot measures, a democratic process in which we participate. These contributions are filed as required at state and local levels. In 2013, Weyerhaeuser Company and our U.S.-based subsidiaries donated $248,063 in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

We also sponsor a U.S. employee-funded Weyerhaeuser Political Action Committee, which solicits voluntary contributions from eligible shareholders, employees, and our company board of directors. Decisions regarding contributions are controlled by an employee-based board of trustees and advisers, chaired by our CEO. These contributions are bipartisan and based on a variety of considerations. WPAC contribution reports are filed with the Federal Elections Commission and we provide a summary in our annual report of WPAC political donations. In 2013, our WPAC donated $223,500 to federal candidates, committees and some state candidates.


Canadian donations are made at only the federal and provincial levels of government and are publicly disclosed in accordance with reporting requirements in each jurisdiction where the company operates, as well as in our annual report on Canadian political donations. In 2013, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, our Canadian subsidiary donated CA$64,320 to political parties or candidates in Canada.


Last updated July 23, 2014