The following message by Devin Stockfish, Weyerhaeuser's President and CEO, was shared with Weyerhaeuser employees on June 5, 2020, after the death of George Floyd:
As thousands of people have taken to the streets in anger and outrage over the senseless, tragic death of George Floyd and so many others, many people in our Weyerhaeuser family and our communities are hurting. I want you to know that I support you and I grieve with you. In the face of such injustice and widespread unrest, I know it can be extremely challenging to focus on work, and that’s OK. In moments like these, it’s so incredibly important to show care, respect and understanding for each other.
We also need to strengthen our commitment to listen, reflect, speak up and act. As a white man, I can’t ever know what it feels like to be a person of color in this country. I can’t truly know the impact of prejudice and countless other injustices that too many people have endured simply because of the color of their skin. What I can do is reflect on my own biases, behaviors and privilege, continue to educate myself, and commit to being a better and more vocal ally and supporter of people of color — in my community, as a citizen of this country, and as CEO of this great company. I’m also mindful that words and intentions are only worth so much. We need to see action for real change to happen.
Last year, we added inclusion to our list of core values on our vision statement. That action symbolizes our commitment to creating a diverse and equitable workplace for all of us, a place where everyone feels welcome, valued, heard and empowered to share their ideas and grow and thrive throughout their careers. To help us do this, we established an Inclusion Council, and this week we brought that group together to talk about what’s happening in our communities. I want to thank each of those council members for their candor in sharing their perspectives, experiences and ideas for how we can do better as a company. While we have made progress against the goals we set for 2020, there is much more we need to do.
To begin, we are going to donate $100,000 to a handful of national organizations that work for racial justice and equality, and we’d like your help determining how we allocate that money. Please take a moment to weigh in on the organization you’d like us to support, and we will distribute the funds according to your collective input. I also encourage each of you to take advantage of our Matching Gifts program, which provides a dollar-for-dollar grant of up to $1,000 for any donation you make to eligible charities you would like to support.
In addition, we are going to reassess the inclusion goals we set for this year. With input from the Inclusion Council and others around the company, we will determine what else we can do, more urgently, to accelerate our progress. We must do better. We must talk about these issues more. Even though those conversations may be hard and uncomfortable at times, we must have the courage to truly listen and share our experiences with each other so that together we can get better at securing, preserving and promoting equity for all people.
As a company, we have an opportunity to effect meaningful change, and I take that responsibility personally and seriously. You have my commitment that this important work is, and will be, a priority for me and for Weyerhaeuser.
Thank you for continuing to care for each other.
President and CEO