Responsible actions. Future focused.
For more than a century, we have been growing trees and manufacturing wood products that are essential to everyday life, and we understand that the decisions we make each day can impact the health of our forests and the strength of our communities for decades to come.
Our working forests don’t simply provide a sustainable supply of wood for homes and countless products we all depend on every day. They also provide wildlife habitat and support biodiversity, they clean our air and filter our water, they supply access to nature and outdoor recreation for our neighboring communities and they offer opportunities for renewable energy development. In addition, our forests and mills provide great careers 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, now and long into the future. We must protect the environment and make sure our forests thrive on a continuous cycle of growing, harvesting and regrowing. 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 continue to earn the right to operate by investing in, listening to and communicating openly with our local communities.
In 2020 we launched our current 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 intensifying our focus on three critical challenge areas where we believe we can have a positive impact on the world: climate change solutions, sustainable homes 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 our 2022 Sustainability Snapshot, Carbon Record, printable resources, data and GRI Index, and stories on our blog.
Sustainability has been a guiding principle at Weyerhaeuser for well over 100 years. 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 much more than what we do in the woods. It's a deeply rooted value 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 add meaningful value to the world around us for generations to come.
Our shareholders invest in us based on the belief that we will run our operations responsibly and effectively. Our customers depend on having a reliable partner and a sustainable supply chain. Our current and future employees want to work in a safe, ethical and inclusive environment where they can feel proud of the impact we have on the world. And communities where we operate want to know we are good neighbors who do our part to help them thrive.
We have a long track record of great work in all these areas, but we aren’t resting on our past accomplishments. We’re committed to deepening our impact through strategic partnerships and demonstrating our effectiveness through transparent reporting.
I’m excited to see this chapter of our sustainability strategy come to life as we implement our ambitious vision over the next decade and beyond.
Devin W. Stockfish
President and CEO
Our Environmental Stewardship Story
What We Do & How We Do It
OUR STORY STARTS IN THE FOREST
For over 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 2 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 an average of 130 to 150 million seedlings per 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 the remaining bark and refuse are used to generate energy.
OUR PRODUCTS MAKE LIFE BETTER
Wood products are both beautiful and fundamental to our society. Most of our products are used to build homes where people live and raise their families. We’re proud of that. And wood fiber is used in hundreds of other helpful products, too, from books and newspapers to diapers, toothpaste and toothpicks.
THIS CYCLE CONTINUES FOREVER
Keeping forests as forests is fundamental to a healthy world, and wood is the ultimate renewable resource. When we use wood products, it creates economic incentive for companies like ours and other landowners to continue growing trees, rather than using the 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.
Awards & Recognition For Weyerhaeuser
Outstanding Public Service
World 120: 2017-2023, U.S. 50: 2017-2023
Environmental: 2018, 2020-2023
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