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- Financial results are for Weyerhaeuser fiscal year 2015, and do not include Plum Creek's financial results.
- Except where noted, this report covers all Weyerhaeuser operations for the calendar year 2015.
- Lands formally owned by Plum Creek were incorporated into the section regarding Sustainable Forestry and Timberlands certification data.
- We report Weyerhaeuser political donations for 2015.
- Specific to Environmental Data:
Our global operations owned in 2015 (cellulose fibers facilities, including our newsprint joint venture with Nippon Paper, NORPAC; lumber and engineered wood products manufacturing locations; and our corporate headquarters building and technology center in Federal Way, Washington).
- Not included:
Operations sold or closed during 2015 and our wood products distribution centers (insignificant environmental footprint contribution compared to our manufacturing facilities).
- Former Plum Creek manufacturing and forestry operations data, with the exception of:
- The new geographies where we now have timberlands
- The number of acres was added to the amount owned/leased by Weyerhaeuser
- Established internal databases used regularly by our operations
- Environmental data reported to the EPA and other regulatory agencies
- Annual companywide internal survey
- At the facility level, physical measurement, representative and other sampling, application of standard government factors, and recognized industry factors
- Calculations are performed using measured data as well as commonly recognized engineering standards. All equations and estimations used in calculating environmental data are accepted industry wide and by all pertinent regulatory authorities.
Our estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration represent our corporate carbon scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (purchased electricity) inventory. They do not include emissions not owned or controlled by Weyerhaeuser.
Our greenhouse gas inventory process adheres to the guidelines published by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative's Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Revised Edition, and its associated calculation tools that are relevant to our operations. Following the protocol, adjustments to the baseline year and subsequent years’ data have been made on a whole-year basis for divestments and acquisitions affecting our greenhouse gas inventory. The absolute value of our entire greenhouse gas emission inventory can change as a result of these adjustments.
Because we sell Renewable Energy Credits, we are required to account for the greenhouse gas emissions that would have been produced by including them in our inventory.
We know that forests sequester and release carbon in variable amounts over time. The rate of forest carbon sequestration is subject to seasonal variation, annual variation due to climate and disturbance impacts, age-related variation due to the natural cycle of tree growth, and effects from forest management practices such as fertilization and harvesting. The U.S. Department of Energy 1605(b) guidelines affirm that sustainably managed forests balance harvest and growth cycles over time and landscape and can be considered carbon neutral, meaning the carbon that is released from harvesting is offset by the growth of the remaining trees. To quantify the amount of long-term forest products carbon stored in our products – which we call Product Sequestration – we the US Forest Service 100-year average carbon storage estimates approach.
- Each section of this website is drafted and/or reviewed by internal subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy.
- Final draft of the website is reviewed by key senior leaders and subject-matter experts to ensure the information is accurately communicated, appropriate for public disclosure, and is significant to us or our stakeholders.
- Each page notes the date content was last reviewed and updated as needed on the bottom of the page.
- In 2012, our internal audit team conducted a review of our data gathering and management processes and found no major issues. We plan to have our internal audit team periodically review our report content and process.
Although we encourage visitors to explore our sustainability report using the online functionality, we provide downloads of our current and previous years' reports for those who need a PDF. The PDFs are screen captures of our website and not formatted as published documents.
|2015 Sustainability Report*||6/7/2016||Download|
|2014 Sustainability Report*||3/3/2016||Download|
|2013 Sustainability Report*||6/11/2014||Download|
|2012 Sustainability Report*||8/20/2013||Download|
|2011 Sustainability Report||7/17/2012||Download|
|2010 Sustainability Report||8/9/2011||Download|
|2009 Sustainability Report||9/30/2010||Download|
|*Does not have attachments or PDFs linked from live site|
This report was prepared to the 'In accordance' - Comprehensive level of the new Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
|GENERAL STANDARD DISCLOSURES|
|Strategy and Analysis|
|G4-1||Statement from CEO||CEO Message|
|G4-2||Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities||CEO Message|
|Goals and Progress|
|Annual Report: 1-13, 15-32|
|G4-3||Name of the organization||Weyerhaeuser Company|
|G4-4||Primary brands, products, and/or services||Our Story|
|G4-5||Location of headquarters||Federal Way, Washington, USA|
|G4-6||Number of countries where the organization operates and names of countries with major operations||10. Our major operations are in the United States and Canada.|
|Annual Report: 4, 9, 12|
|G4-7||Nature of ownership and legal form||Annual Report: 1|
|G4-8||Markets served||Annual Report: 1-13|
|G4-9||Scale of the organization||Employees | Data - Employees|
|Operations | Annual Report: 3, 9, 12|
|Net sales | Annual Report: 1|
|Total capitalization | Annual Report: 57|
|Quantity of products provided | Annual Report: 8, 11, 13|
|Total assets | Annual Report: 57|
|Beneficial ownership | Proxy Statement 20-21|
|Sales and revenues by geographic area | Annual Report: 8-14|
|G4-10||Breakdown of workforce||Data - Employees|
|Part-time and temporary employees make up less than 2% of our workforce, thus we do not provide employee data by these categories.|
|G4-11||Coverage of collective bargaining agreements||29%|
|G4-12||Description of organization's supply chain||Our Story|
|G4-13||Significant changes during the reporting period||
On Nov 6, 2015 Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger.
In 2015 we closed our distribution centers in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and St. Paul.
|G4-14||Addressing the precautionary approach||Product Stewardship|
|Annual Report: 15-20|
|G4-15||External charters, principles, or initiatives endorsed||Initiative, Adopted, Applicability, Multi-stakeholder Involvement
Institute for Supply Management™ Principles for Social Responsibility, 2005, Global, Yes
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, 1998, Global, Yes
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Principles 2001, United States & Canada, Yes
World Business Council for Sustainable Development Sustainable Forestry Principles, 2005, Global, Yes
American Benefits Council
|Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries|
|G4-17||Entities included in consolidated financial statements||Annual Report: 61|
|G4-18||Process for defining report content and aspect boundaries||Our Approach|
|G4-19||Significant aspects identified||Our Approach|
|G4-20||Aspect boundary within organization||Our Approach|
|G4-21||Aspect boundary outside organization||Our Approach|
|G4-22||Effects of restatements||
Total environmental data values no longer include WRECO (sold in 2014) or our Distribution Centers given the minimal (less than 2%) contribution of these facilities compared to our manufacturing facilities.
|G4-23||Significant changes in the scope and aspect boundaries from previous report||See above comment|
|G4-24||List of stakeholder groups engaged||Stakeholder Engagement|
|G4-25||Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders||Stakeholder Engagement|
|G4-26||Approach to stakeholder engagement||Stakeholder Engagement|
|G4-27||Response to key topics and concerns raised||Stakeholder Engagement|
|G4-28||Reporting period for information provided||January 1 – December 31, 2015|
|G4-29||Date of most recent previous report||June 2015|
|G4-31||Contact point for questions||Feedback|
|G4-32||GRI 'In Accordance' option and GRI Context Index||'In Accordance' - Comprehensive|
|G4-33||Policy and practice regarding seeking external assurance of sustainability report||
We continue to monitor stakeholder interest and trends in external verification. Currently, we do not externally verify the environmental data included in this report, but continue to evaluate options.
|G4-34||Governance Structure||Our Approach|
|Proxy Statement: 12-19|
|G4-35||Process for delegating authority for sustainability topics||Our Approach|
|G4-36||Executive-level positions with responsibility for sustainability topics||
Our senior officers have responsibility for one or more sustainability topics, such as environmental responsibility at manufacturing sites or related to our timberlands, financial performance and ensuring integrity, and/or people development and safety.
|G4-37||Process for consultation between stakeholders and highest governance body on sustainability topics||
Any shareholder can communicate directly with our board, the independent directors, and any individual director or the chair of any committee via our corporate secretary. The processes for communicating with the board, recommending nominees for the board, or submitting shareholder proposals are outlined in our 2015 Proxy Statement.
|G4-38||Composition of highest governance body and its committees||Committee Charters and Composition|
|G4-39||Position of the Chair of the highest governance body||Board of Directors - Highlights|
|G4-40||Nomination and selection process for highest governance body and its committees||Board of Directors - Governance Guidelines|
|2015 Proxy Statement: 8-11|
|G4-41||Process for highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided||Board of Directors - Governance Guidelines|
Role of highest governance body's and senior executives' roles in development, approval, and updating of organization's purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to sustainability impacts
Our board, through its company direction-setting process, establishes companywide strategic direction for capital spending and business and financial matters, as well as social and environmental issues. As part of the process, we analyze global trends that have the potential to affect our businesses over the long term, analyze the capabilities and challenges of our businesses, and integrate this information into our planning and decision-making regarding company direction.
|G4-43||Measures taken to enhance the highest governance body's collective knowledge of sustainability impacts||Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee|
Process for evaluation of highest governance body's performance with respect to governance of sustainability topics
|G4-45||Role of highest governance body's role in identification and management of sustainability impacts, risks and opportunities||Our Approach|
|G4-46||Role of highest governance body's role in reviewing the effectiveness of risk management processes for sustainability topics||Our Approach|
|G4-47||Frequency of highest governance body's review of sustainability impacts, risks and opportunities||
Our board has overall responsibility for sustainability issues and for ensuring all aspects of sustainability are addressed on an ongoing basis. Our board annually, with the assistance of the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, reviews its overall performance and reviews the performance of board committees.
|G4-48||Highest committee or position to formally review and approve sustainability report||
The Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee reviews progress against sustainability goals. Our general counsel and corporate secretary reviews and approves the annual update to our sustainability report.
|G4-49||Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body||Risk Management|
|G4-50||Nature and total number of critical concerns communicated to highest governance body||Annual Report: 21-32|
|G4-51||Remuneration policies for highest governance body and senior executives||Proxy Statement: 17-43|
|G4-52||Process for determining remuneration||We share the same compensation philosophy throughout all levels of our company. See Proxy Statement: 16-38.|
|G4-53||How stakeholders' views are sought and taken into account regarding remuneration||Proxy Statement: 17-43|
|G4-54||Ratio of total annual compensation for highest paid individual to median annual total compensation||Data - Compensation|
|G4-55||Ratio of percentage increase regarding G4-54||Data - Compensation|
|Ethics and Integrity|
|G4-56||Description of values, principles, standards and norms of behavior||Operating Ethically|
|G4-57||Internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior and matters related to organizational integrity||Operating Ethically|
|G4-58||Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior and matters related to organizational integrity||Operating Ethically|
|SPECIFIC STANDARD DISCLOSURES|
|G4-EC1||Direct economic value generated and distributed||Data - Economic Value|
|G4-EC2||Risks and opportunities due to climate change||Climate Change and Biomass|
|Annual Report: 17-19, 24-26, 30-31|
|Costs associated with these risks are not separated since they are integrated into all aspects of our business.|
|G4-EC3||Coverage of the defined benefit plan obligations||Annual Report: 72-84|
|Form 11-K (hourly and salaried employees)|
|G4-EC4||Financial assistance received from government||We consider this proprietary information.|
|G4-EN1||Materials used by weight or volume||Our Story|
|Data - Raw Materials|
|By far, our largest raw material with the most significant impact is wood fiber. We currently do not report on other raw materials used in our manufacturing process.|
|G4-EN2||Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials||We do not consider this metric to be significant to our company. Many of our products use byproducts from other manufacturing processes, which we see as a more relevant measure of reducing society's demand for raw materials.|
|G4-EN3||Energy consumption within the organization||Data - Energy|
|G4-EN4||Energy consumption outside the organization||Insignificant compared with the energy we consume within our company.|
|G4-EN6||Reduction of energy consumption||Energy|
|G4-EN7||Reductions in energy requirements of products and services||Green Building|
|G4-EN8||Total water withdrawal by source||Data - Water Use|
|G4-EN9||Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water||Water|
We manage water risk at the site level. In 2014, we used the World Resources Institute's Aqueduct Model to assess water risk associated with our manufacturing facilities. None of our sites showed a high water risk, congruent with our internal analysis and tracking of our sites.
|Annual Report: 24-25, 30|
|G4-EN10||Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused||Water|
|Annual Report: 15-16, 30|
|G4-EN11||Sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas||About our Forests|
|Annual Report: 15-16|
|G4-EN12||Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas||Sustainable Forestry|
|G4-EN13||Habitats protected or restored||Sustainable Forestry|
|Annual Report: 15-17|
|G4-EN14||Total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations||About Our Forests|
|Annual Report: 15-17|
|Climate Change and Biomass|
|Annual Report: 17-20|
|G4-EN15||Direct GHG emissions (Scope 1)||Climate Change and Biomass|
|Data - GHG|
|G4-EN16||Energy indirect GHG emissions (Scope 2)||Climate Change and Biomass|
|Data - GHG|
|G4-EN17||Other indirect GHG emissions (Scope 3)||
Our Product Environmental Profiles include GHG emission estimates of chemical additives used in the final products and are based on production and published GHG emission factors, aligned with industry consensus standards.
By far, Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions are most relevant to our company. In 2013, we evaluated including Scope 3 categories into our GHG inventory, based on WRI’s “Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standards.” Eight of the fifteen Scope 3 categories were considered related to our company, but we have chosen not to initiate this work until customer requests increase to a significant level and industry-specific guidelines are developed to ensure comparability with other forest product companies.
We are a large, vertically integrated company, with most of our value chain embedded in our company.
The majority of our suppliers are small forest landowners, who are already helping reduce the risk of climate change by managing forest land - nature’s best carbon capturing systems.
|G4-EN18||GHG emissions intensity||Climate Change and Biomass|
|Data - GHG|
|G4-EN19||Reduction of GHG emissions||Climate Change and Biomass|
|Annual Report: 17-20|
|G4-EN20||Emissions of ozone-depleting substances||Data - GHG|
|G4-EN21||NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions||Air|
|Data - Air Emissions|
|Annual Report: 17-20|
|Effluents and Waste|
|G4-EN22||Total water discharge by quality and destination||Water|
|Data - Water Quality|
|Data - Water Use|
|Annual Report: 15-20|
|G4-EN23||Total weight of waste by type and disposal method||Residuals and Waste|
|Data - Residuals and Waste|
Our residuals and solid waste values are determined by the following methods: disposed of and confirmed directly by us, information provided by our waste disposal contractors, and organizational defaults of our waste disposal contractors.
|G4-EN24||Total number and volume of significant spills||We would include significant spills in our Annual Report and Form 10-K.|
|G4-EN25||Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally||We use authorized service providers to dispose of our hazardous waste. This metric is not applicable to our operations.|
|G4-EN26||Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity of water bodies and related significantly affected by organization's discharges of water and runoff||Water|
|Annual Report: 15-20|
Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations
|Data - Environmental Compliance|
|G4-EN31||Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type||We do not track these values separately from our other expenses since they are fully embedded in our company's operations. Our Annual Report describes significant anticipated expenses associated with environmental remediation and new regulations.|
|Annual Report: 15-20|
|Environmental Grievance Mechanisms|
|G4-EN34||Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms||Annual Report: 15-20|
|G4-LA1||New employee hires and employee turnover||People Development|
|Data - Employees|
|We do not disclose new hires or turnovers by gender or age group.|
|G4-LA2||Benefits provided to full-time employees not provided to other employees||Less than 2 percent of our employees are part-time or temporary. Thus, we do not consider this metric to be significant to our company.|
|G4-LA3||Return to work and retention rates after parental leave||We do not distinguish parental leave from other medical leave, thus do not separately track this information.|
Our labor relations continue to be guided by principles jointly developed with the union that represents a majority of the employees in our U.S.-based businesses. The principles are designed to foster cooperative relationships and employee empowerment.
Our company's labor principles allow North American employees the right to free association, including the right to freely choose to organize and bargain collectively. We believe these rights are not at risk at any Weyerhaeuser operation.
|G4-LA4||Minimum notice periods regarding significant operational changes||Our labor contracts generally require five to 10 day advance notice to change employees' scheduled hours of work. In addition, the U.S. WARN Act requires 60 day notice of major changes. If the company needs to curtail operations sooner, we pay employees for the notice period.|
|Occupational Health and Safety|
|G4-LA5||Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees||>95%|
|G4-LA6||Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total work-related fatalities||Safety|
|Data - Health and Safety|
|We do not consider the disclosure of this information by region or gender to be significant.|
|G4-LA7||Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation||We do not consider this to be significant to our company.|
|G4-LA8||Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions||
Union representatives play a significant role in safety and health. They participate in joint union-management safety committees and represent workers in joint investigations, coaching and counseling. We first introduced high-performance or total-quality work systems in the late 1970s. These systems are designed to increase employee participation in decisions that affect their jobs and to improve business performance. In our union and nonunion facilities, participative work systems are part of our business strategy and planning. At our facilities with high-performance work systems, process reliability is higher than at our traditionally managed facilities.
|Training and Education|
|G4-LA9||Average hours of training per year||People Development|
|Data - Training and Education|
|We do not consider training by gender or employee category to be significant.|
|G4-LA10||Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings||
We provide webinars, tools and resources for employees to make the most of their benefits while they are employed, as well as a checklist for when they retire. We provide easy access to more than 40 online training courses for continued skill development and life long learning.
|G4-LA11||Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews||People Development
Our salaried employees receive regular career development and performance reviews, including performance management plans and individual development plans. Our hourly employees receive regular performance feedback as part of their ongoing work and follow a career progression process to achieve the necessary skills to develop professionally.
|Diversity and Equal Opportunity|
|Diversity and Inclusion|
|Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, and minority group membership||Diversity and Inclusion|
|Data - Diversity|
|Code of Ethics|
|G4-SO3||Operations assessed for risks related to corruption and significant risk identified||We are committed to obeying the law in all countries where we do business. We have adopted policies and standards for ethical conduct to ensure that we comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws in each country where we do business.|
|100% of our main businesses and staff function groups are analyzed each year. We disclose material risks in our periodic filings to the SEC.|
|G4-SO4||Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures||Operating Ethically|
We regularly train employees on anti-bribery. Our contracts and purchasing policies require agents, contractors, suppliers, service providers and joint-venture partners to comply with our Anti-Bribery policy as well as all statutes and regulations regarding corruption and bribery.
We require 100% of targeted employees and third-party intermediaries to take anti-bribery training. The target audience for anti-bribery training is all senior management team members and their direct reports; all salaried employees outside of the U.S. and Canada who might be expected to interact with foreign government officials (as broadly defined under the FCPA, this includes any foreign government official, any person acting on their behalf (such as a consultant), and employees of state-owned companies); U.S. and Canadian employees who work in international sales, customer service with international responsibilities, and trade/export; staff function employees in finance, human resources, information technology or other areas who have international responsibilities and might be expected to interact with foreign government officials. Leaders are also encouraged to invite the sales agents, distributors, consultants, and other third parties with whom they do business to attend the leader-led sessions.
|G4-SO5||Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken||We disclose all material litigations and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.|
|G4-SO6||Political contributions||Public Policy|
|Data - Political Contributions|
|Code of Ethics|
|G4-SO7||Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices||
Our employees are expected to comply with our company’s core policy, as well as all U.S. and other country’s laws, regulating unlawful anti-competitive behavior. Employees receive regular training and materials as part of our antitrust and competition law compliance program and are responsible for being aware of the risk and costs of violating the laws and complying with our guidelines for behavior. We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.
|G4-SO8||Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations||We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.|
|Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society|
|G4-SO11||Number of grievances about impacts on society filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms||We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.|
|Customer Health and Safety|
|G4-PR1||Percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement||100%|
|G4-PR2||Number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle||We are not aware of any fines for noncompliance with laws or regulations concerning the provision and use of our products and services.|
NOTE: We have made significant efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information in this report, but it has not been audited and is not guaranteed. This report is not intended to be a solicitation or advertisement for the sale of Weyerhaeuser products and it cannot be relied upon for such purposes.