Weyerhaeuser has always been deeply connected to the communities where we operate, and we have a long history of doing our part to help them thrive. We made our first charitable donation in 1903 and have since provided more than $260 million in grants through our formal giving program, established in 1948. We invest resources in our communities — and society — through direct grants, as well as volunteer projects, strategic research and partnerships, educational opportunities and ongoing stakeholder engagement.
CHARITABLE GIVING AND VOLUNTEERISM PROGRAMS
Most of our philanthropy is directed through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, which makes cash contributions to community organizations through grants directed by local committees and also supports disaster-relief funding. In addition, all lines of business have a dedicated budget for in-kind donations and sponsorships. In 2022, we donated a total of $5.6 million in grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships to organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Our employees are passionate about contributing their time, money and expertise to support causes they care about. They are active donors and volunteers in our communities, and we are proud to support their efforts and amplify their impact in the following ways:
TREE-mendous Matching Gifts: We match eligible employee donations and volunteer time up to $1,500 per person per year. In 2022, our employees volunteered over 14,600 hours of their time across 25 states and four provinces, and completed 902 Tree-Mendous Program volunteer activities, totaling $145,466, in volunteer rewards to eligible organizations.
Paid Time for Disaster Relief: Our Disaster Relief Program provides employees up to 80 hours per year of paid time off to volunteer in a Weyerhaeuser location or community affected by a disaster. We also maintain an employee relief fund that provides financial support when employees are impacted by events like hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods, military deployments and domestic violence.
Annual Recognition Awards: Each year, we recognize outstanding individual employees or teams with a Weyerhaeuser Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients receive a $5,000 grant for the organization they support. Learn more about this award and how to nominate a Weyerhaeuser employee in your community today.
Corporate Partnerships: We encourage our employees to participate in our charitable corporate partnerships through volunteer events and educational opportunities. Current large-scale partnerships include homebuilding and community support with Habitat for Humanity International and urban tree-planting with American Forests.
CITIZENSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Beyond our formal giving and volunteer programs, we engage, partner with and participate in our communities through a variety of other activities and initiatives, including:
Civic Engagement: Many of our employees serve in leadership roles with a variety of local, regional and national organizations, as well as numerous associations related to our industry.
Environmental Education: We provide opportunities for hands-on engagement with our forests and operations by offering tours on our lands and operating two learning centers: our Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in North Carolina and our Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center in Washington. We also donate seedlings to groups in the Puget Sound and surrounding region that share our high standards of environmental responsibility and our appreciation for trees as a renewable resource.
Research and Partnerships: We invest in research and partner with organizations to foster scientific collaboration and improvements to our industry and practices — such as our work to protect the gopher tortoise. We are always working to bolster innovation in our sector and have a long track record of leading and supporting cooperative research in forestry, wood products and conservation. In 2022, we invested $588,000 in research and scientific partnerships.
Recreational Access: We provide recreational access, primarily through permits and recreational leases, to our lands for people to connect with nature and enjoy all our forests have to offer, from hiking and camping to hunting, fishing and a range of other outdoor adventures and activities.
Political Involvement: We encourage eligible employees to participate in the Weyerhaeuser Political Action Committee, which allows us to support elected officials who align with our collective public policy interests and develop and maintain relationships with elected officials to ensure they understand our industry. We fully support our employees’ right to vote, ensuring schedule flexibility so that everyone has time to vote in person (if needed). We are ethical and transparent participants in public policy at all levels of the company and fully comply with all political compliance laws.
Stakeholder Engagement: Our forests are a vast and critical resource, and we are committed to building strong, open and trusting relationships with the many stakeholders who care deeply about what we do. From rural community leaders and national government bodies to customers, investors, employees and many others, learn more about our approach to stakeholder engagement.