Our story starts in the forest. For more than 120 years, we’ve been growing, harvesting and regrowing forests on a continuous cycle. Our forests provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, renewable energy capacity, and a sustainable supply of wood for homes and countless products we all depend on every day. Our forests and mills also provide great jobs and support local economies in many rural areas across North America.   

For us, every definition of success hinges on our ability to continue operating sustainably. We must protect the environment and make sure our forests last forever. We must generate strong financial returns from our assets through the ups and downs of economic cycles. We must create a safe, inclusive, ethical and rewarding place to work for our current and future employees. And we must earn the right to continue operating in our communities by investing, listening and communicating openly.  

In 2020, we launched a new sustainability strategy that builds on our solid foundation in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and strong governance. A core component of this strategy involves fully integrating sustainability into our day-to-day work, and it also intensifies our focus in three critical challenge areas where we believe we can have a positive impact on the world: climate change solutions, sustainable homes for everyone, and thriving rural communities.

We invite you to read about the progress we have made in implementing our strategy, and to explore the full spectrum of our sustainability work, including​​​​​​​ printable resources, data and GRI Index, and stories on our blog.



A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

CEO Devin Stockfish

Sustainability has been a guiding principle at Weyerhaeuser for well over 100 years. Our company began replanting forests long before it was common practice or required, and environmental stewardship and sustainable forest management have been foundational to our business for generations. Put simply, we’re driven by the belief that forests are the most sustainable and versatile resource on earth, and we have a tremendous responsibility to manage them well — today and long into the future.   

We're proud of the work we do to ensure our forests last forever, yet we know sustainability is about more than just what we do in the woods. It's a deeply rooted value of our company and culture that touches every aspect of our business. For us, sustainability is about constantly innovating and evolving — and taking proactive steps every day to ensure our company will thrive and add meaningful value to the world around us for generations to come.   

We have many different stakeholders with a vested interest in how well we do this work. Our shareholders invest in our company based on the belief that we will run our operations responsibly and effectively over the long term. Our customers depend on having a reliable partner across business cycles, and a sustainable supply chain for their own business. Our current and future employees want to work in a safe, ethical and inclusive environment, and to feel confident and proud of our practices and the impact we have on the world. Members of the communities where we operate want to know we are good neighbors who listen and do our part to help our communities be successful.   

We have a long track record of great work in all these areas, but we can’t afford to rest on our past accomplishments. The bar for sustainability leadership is constantly rising, and we have an opportunity — an obligation — to have an even bigger positive impact on the world. I’m excited to see this next chapter of our sustainability strategy come to life as we implement our ambitious vision over the next decade.     

Thank you,   
  
Devin W. Stockfish  
President and CEO 

 


Our Environmental Stewardship Story

What We Do & How We Do It

OUR STORY STARTS IN THE FOREST

For 120 years, we’ve been growing, harvesting and regrowing forests on a continuous cycle. Our trees provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation, renewable energy, great jobs and a sustainable supply of wood for hundreds of products people use every day.

WE HARVEST LESS THAN YOU THINK

The vast majority of our land is covered in trees. We calculate how long it takes different tree species to mature in different geographies, and on average we harvest only two percent of our forests each year to make sure we never cut more than we grow. Like you, we want our forests to last forever.

WE PLANT MORE THAN WE HARVEST

We grow high-quality seedlings in our own nurseries and plant about 150 million of them every year. To make sure healthy forests return after harvest, we carefully prepare the soil, plant more trees than we cut, and continue to care for the growing trees until they become a forest once again.

WE MAKE THE MOST OF EACH LOG

The strongest part of the tree is used to make lumber. Other wood fiber is converted into strands and veneer, which are used to make engineered wood products. Wood chips are sold to make pulp, paper and pellets. Chips, shavings and sawdust are used to make medium density fiberboard. And bark and refuse are used to generate energy.

OUR PRODUCTS MAKE LIFE BETTER

Wood products are certainly beautiful, but they’re also fundamental. Most of our products are used to build homes where people live and raise their families. We’re proud of that. But wood fiber is used in hundreds of other useful products, too, from paper towels and diapers to toothpaste and toothpicks.

THIS CYCLE CONTINUES FOREVER

Wood is the ultimate renewable resource. When we use wood products, it creates economic incentive for companies like ours to continue growing trees, rather than using our land for other purposes. We know our forests can thrive forever when managed well, and we’ve been proving it for more than a century.