Weyerhaeuser logo

Participating in the Political Process

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 reputation and relationships with government officials are extremely important assets, which contribute significantly to our success. Therefore, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing strong relationships with government officials through ethical, responsible and lawful actions.


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.

Political contributions reflect one dimension of participation in the political process. To ensure that we are in compliance with all applicable laws, Weyerhaeuser’s political contributions are managed by Corporate Affairs, under a general delegation of authority from the company’s general counsel. Prior approval for any contribution must be given by the appropriate Corporate Affairs senior manager. No contribution may be given in anticipation of or in return for an official act.

To advocate our position, we rely on government affairs professionals, assisted by key managers and subject-matter experts. Only authorized employees and contract lobbyists may engage in lobbying activities, as defined by the appropriate jurisdiction, on behalf of the company. Such persons must comply with all applicable legal requirements.

All laws and regulations regarding in-kind contributions, use of corporate facilities and resources, independent expenditures, and gifts and ethics laws must be 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. In 2012, we used $35,000 of corporate funds to support independent expenditures . Under circumstances when corporate funds are used for independent expenditures, all transactions are disclosed and transparent in our annual report of all political donations.

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.


We strongly support employee involvement in political affairs and encourage and support lawful individual activities that involve political parties, candidates or issues.

Employees may communicate personal opinions to government officials. However, Weyerhaeuser 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. In addition, personal political contributions may not be reimbursed.

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.

Our employees must comply with all laws, regulations and company policies regarding gifts to, and entertainment of, government officials.


Political contributions reflect one dimension of participation in the political process. All of our political contributions comply with applicable law, and require the prior approval of the law department and authorization of the director of government and community relations. A report of compliance is provided annually to the board governance committee.

Weyerhaeuser sponsors a U.S. employee-funded Weyerhaeuser Political Action Committee, which solicits voluntary contributions from eligible shareholders and employees. Fifty-five percent of our board of directors support the WPAC. Decisions regarding contributions are controlled by an employee-based board of directors. These contributions are bipartisan and based on a variety of considerations. These pooled funds are used mainly to support candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In some jurisdictions where we operate — Arizona, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas—legally sanctioned WPAC funds are also used to support candidates for state elective offices.

In 2012, the Weyerhaeuser Political Action Committee contributed $384,680 to federal candidates, committees and some state candidates. WPAC contribution reports are filed with the Federal Elections Commission and posted on its website.

Other states allow companies to contribute directly to campaigns for state and local offices and for ballot measures, a democratic process in which we participate. In 2012, Weyerhaeuser and our subsidiaries made political contributions of $518,575 in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Reports of state and local contributions are filed as required at state and local levels.


Lawful corporate donations to political parties are a recognized, legitimate and transparent part of Canadian governmental processes. 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.

In 2012, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the company's Canadian subsidiary, contributed CA$37,148 to political parties or candidates in Canada.


We belong to a variety of industry associations and public policy organizations that participate in the public debate about issues that are of interest to us. We review our membership in these associations annually. We encourage our managers who are engaged in these associations to take an active role to ensure the associations' priorities reflect the company's interests.

To advocate our positions, we rely primarily on Weyerhaeuser managers and subject-matter experts who are assisted by internal professionals. 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.

Association Participation

We benefit from the lobbying efforts of the following associations through our membership. The portion of our dues used for lobbying activities is noted below, where available:


Our policy teams monitor public policy issues that affect the business climate and coordinate company actions to understand and engage in public discourse. Issues of particular importance to us include:

  • Energy policy, including the role of biomass in renewable energy policies and rates levied by the Bonneville Power Administration
  • Taxation of timberlands in the United States
  • Climate policy, including impacts on manufacturing costs and positive recognition of sequestered carbon in forests and forests products
  • Green building programs, standards and recognition for the sustainable attributes of wood products
  • Housing policy that helps return market stability and encourages homebuyers to re-enter the market
  • Conservation of and access to the boreal forest and protection of caribou in Canada
  • Softwood lumber trade between the United States and Canada

Political Donations Archive

Last updated July 3, 2013