The first thing I did after joining this company was spend several weeks visiting our operations.
I toured our facilities, met with employees and asked questions about what we do well and where
we need to improve. I learned a lot.
I learned that Weyerhaeuser’s values are not just words on a page — our people really do live
by them every day. I was impressed with the remarkable consistency I experienced when engaging with
people across the company who spoke about our commitment to working safely, acting with integrity,
being responsible stewards of the environment, and giving back to our operating communities.
I also learned that our people are highly talented, proud of our history and deeply committed to
what we do. Like me, they want this company to be the very best it can be — what I call a
truly great company that achieves great financial performance, is a great place to work, and a makes
a great contribution to society. To get there, we must both build on our strengths and actively
improve where we have gaps.
For me, this is the very definition of sustainability — focusing on the critical factors that
will ensure our success, not just in the short term, but for decades to come. Sustainability should
be, quite simply, the way we do business. But I understand it’s not enough to say we are sustainable;
we must be able to prove it by setting the right goals and transparently reporting on our progress
toward meeting them. This section of our website is dedicated to doing just that. For example, some
of our recent accomplishments include:
- We have improved both our absolute
financial performance and relative performance against peer companies.
- We are maintaining excellence in safety,
ending 2012 with a recordable injury rate of 0.76, the lowest in our history.
- We launched a new Leadership
Development Framework that will strengthen our leadership pipeline to fill critical roles throughout
our company in the years ahead.
- We have achieved 100 percent certification
of our timberlands, worldwide, which exceeds both the global average of 10 percent and the North
American average of 32 percent.
- We are actively working to reduce our environmental footprint, with a 28 percent
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2000, a 19 percent
reduction in water use since 2007, a 21 percent
reduction in wastewater pollutant discharges since 2010, and a 9 percent
reduction in solid waste to landfills since 2010.
- We invested $4 million in our operating
communities in the form of cash donations, in-kind giving and employee time, in 2012.
We’re proud of these accomplishments, but our journey is not done. In fact, it will never be done,
because the world is always changing and the bar is always rising for what it means to be sustainable
— financially, socially and environmentally. My goal is to ensure Weyerhaeuser excels at meeting
the needs and expectations of our critical stakeholders in all these areas, now and in the future.
Thank you for your interest in sustainability at Weyerhaeuser. After you've explored our report,
please take a few moments to provide your feedback. Your
input will help us become a truly great company.
Doyle R. Simons
President and CEO, Weyerhaeuser Company