We are strongly committed to continuous improvement in our performance related to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and governance, and we are equally committed to transparently sharing our successes and challenges along the way.
Our website serves as our primary method to communicate our sustainability strategy, progress and performance, and we update it annually in accordance with internationally recognized sustainability reporting standards and practices. We also offer printable resources, a blog of case studies illustrating our commitment to sustainability, and an opportunity to provide feedback on our website.
On this page, you'll find our GRI Index and lots and lots of data.
The Global Reporting Initiative standards provide a globally recognized model for us to measure and share our performance. Our GRI Index includes general disclosures, as well as topic-specific disclosures such as our company profile, economic and environmental performance, impacts on society and other disclosures relevant to our company.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, 2015, United States & Canada, Yes; Sustainable Forestry Initiative Principles, 2001, United States & Canada, Yes; World Business Council for Development Sustainable Forestry Principles, 2005, Global, Yes; Forest-Climate Working Group, 2017, United States, Yes
Membership of associations
Alberta Forest Products Association, American Forest Foundation, American Wood Council, Canadian Wood Council, Council of Forest Industries, Financial Accounting Standards Board, Forest Landowners Association, Inc., Forest Products Association of Canada, Forest Resources Association, Inc., Green Blue Institute, International Women's Forum, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Council for Air & Stream Improvement, Inc., National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association, Softwood Lumber Board, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, U.S. Lumber Coalition
Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics
Our CEO has oversight of our company-wide sustainability strategy and our SVP and Chief Administration Officer has accountability for the implementation of the strategy. Each of our senior officers have responsibility for one or more sustainability topics, such as environmental responsibilities at manufacturing sites or in our timberlands, financial performance, ensuring integrity, people development and safety.
Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social 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 Proxy Statement: 23.
Composition of highest governance body and its committees
Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values, and strategy
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.
Review of economic, environmental, and social topics
Our board has overall responsibility for sustainability issues and for ensuring all aspects of sustainability are addressed on an ongoing basis. Annually, our board, with the assistance of the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, reviews its overall performance and reviews the performance of board committees.
Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting
The Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee reviews progress against sustainability goals. Our law department reviews and approves the annual update to our sustainability report.
Total environmental data values no longer include WRECO (sold in 2014), Cellulose Fibers (sold in 2016), Uruguay timberlands and manufacturing (sold in 2017), a veneer plant in Sweet Home, OR (sold in 2017), Michigan timberlands (sold in 2019), Montana timberlands and 149,000 acres of Oregon timberlands (sold in 2020). We also do not include our Distribution Centers in our environmental data, given the minimal (less than 2 percent) contribution of these facilities compared to our manufacturing facilities.
Changes in reporting
See above comment.
Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2020
Financial results are for Weyerhaeuser fiscal year 2020.
Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards
This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.
GRI content index
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 we continue to evaluate options.
GRI:103 MANAGEMENT APPROACH
Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
We set clear goals and report on our progress. We use a variety of mechanisms to establish and monitor goals, including:
Established internal databases used regularly by our operations.
Environmental data reported to the EPA and other regulatory agencies.
Annual companywide internal surveys.
Physical measurements and representative and other sampling at our facilities.
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 industrywide and by all pertinent regulatory authorities.
Each section of this website is drafted and/or reviewed by internal subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy. The 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 significant to us and our shareholders.
A minimum of 30 percent of our overall spend could be considered from local suppliers. This includes logs and wood fiber for our mills and forestry-related contract services.
GRI 205: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Operations assessed for risks related to corruption
We are committed to obeying the law in all countries where we do business. We have adopted policies and standards to ensure that we comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws in each country where we do business.
100 percent of our main businesses and staff function groups are analyzed each year. We disclose material risks in our periodic filings to the SEC.
Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures
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 percent 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 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., Canadian and international employees who work in international sales, customer service with international responsibilities and trade/export; and 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.
Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken
We disclose all material litigations and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.
GRI 206: ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR
Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, antitrust, and monopoly practices
Our employees are expected to comply with our company’s core policy, as well as all U.S. and other countries' 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. We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.
GRI 207: TAX
Approach to tax
In addition to providing employment and fostering economic activity, we also support the communities in which we operate through a variety of federal, state and local tax payments. Our approach to tax planning is to develop tax-efficient solutions that support our company’s operational initiatives and goals and minimize our consolidated tax risks and liabilities. Our corporate tax policies and strategy are rooted in our company’s Code of Ethics. We observe all applicable tax rules and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we have a tax presence. We have a low tolerance for tax risk. We strive to obtain certainty for our financial reporting obligations and prevent any potential negative impacts to our shareholders and our company’s reputation.
Our tax strategy includes:
Satisfying all income tax reporting and filing obligations in a timely manner and in accordance with laws and regulations
Mitigating tax risk through thoughtful implementation and documentation, proactive involvement in legislation, and participation in current audit programs with federal, state and local governments
Ensuring sustainable, arms-length pricing on intercompany transactions
For U.S. federal and state income tax purposes, we have elected to be taxed as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and continue to operate in a manner that qualifies us for REIT status. As such, a significant portion of our income is not subject to corporate income tax, provided we distribute our taxable income to our shareholders.
The Chief Financial Officer ensures compliance with strategy. Tax risks are part of the enterprise risk assessment conducted with our senior management team and board of directors. Anyone can confidentially and anonymously report unethical or unlawful behavior or integrity in relation to tax to Weyerhaeuser EthicsOnline or call our EthicsLine at 800-716-3488.
Areas of identified risks related to tax can be found in our Annual Report: 23, 26, 28-31.
Stakeholder engagement and management of concerns related to tax
We participate in the political process to help shape policy and legislation related to taxes affecting our company and industry. Public Policy and legislative priorities are reviewed annually with senior business leaders and our board of directors' Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee.
Some of the tax issues that could affect our business can be found in our Annual Report: 19, 23, 26, 28-31.
As a U.S. multinational enterprise, we are required to report certain financial information on a country-by-country basis annually with our U.S. federal income tax return.
We do not consider this metric to be significant to our company. Our engineered wood products and OSB use byproducts from other manufacturing processes, which we see as a more relevant measure of reducing society's demand for raw materials.
Reclaimed products and their packaging materials
We do not consider this metric to be significant to our company, given our focus is on growing and managing forests and producing wood products made from this renewable resource. Our products are used primarily in home construction and are packaged primarily for protection during transport to distribution centers and building sites.
We manage water risk at the site level. In 2018, we used the World Resources Institute 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. We will perform a review of this analysis when new locations are brought into our portfolio or every five years, whichever is sooner.
We utilize World Resources Institute (WRI) standards and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard to calculate our annual greenhouse gas emission inventory.
Gases included in the calculations include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
We use National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) calculation tools for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from wood products facilities and a NCASI tool to calculate carbon stored in forest products.
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 Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG-generating emissions include stationary sources, mobile sources and process emissions, including all Weyerhaeuser-owned industrial stationary sources that combust fossil fuels and burn biomass in the U.S. and Canada; all Weyerhaeuser-owned landfills; mobile sources, including Weyerhaeuser aviation, logging trucks and company-owned and -leased vehicles; fertilizer application (e.g., N2O emissions) on Weyerhaeuser Timberlands; purchased electricity; and purchased steam.
Weyerhaeuser utilizes a threshold of significance and assumes that any source of emissions that represents less than 2 percent of total annual emissions is de minimis and will not be included in the inventory.
Our greenhouse gas inventory process adheres to the guidelines published by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative's Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard, 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. In 2017, we also adjusted our baseline and all subsequent years to correctly account for the appropriate eGRID emission factors for the closest respective year; previously, we had incorrectly recalculated all years with the most recent eGRID emission factors. The absolute value of our entire greenhouse gas emission inventory can change because of these adjustments.
We know 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 use the U.S. Forest Service 100-year average carbon storage estimates approach and a tool produced by a research organization supporting our industry.
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 Standard. 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. Most of our suppliers are small forest landowners, who are already helping reduce the risk of climate change by managing forestlands — nature’s best carbon-capturing systems.
Our residuals and solid waste values are determined by the following factors: disposed of and confirmed directly by us, information provided by our waste disposal contractors, and the organizational defaults of our waste disposal contractors.
We do not disclose new hires or turnovers by gender or age group.
Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees
Less than 1 percent of our employees are part-time or temporary. Thus, we do not consider this metric to be significant to our company.
As of Jan. 1, 2020, Weyerhaeuser offers paid parental leave: All U.S. nonunion employees can take up to four weeks of fully paid leave upon the arrival of a new child or children in their family. (Canadian employees receive parental leave in accordance with provincial employment standards.) This is in addition to our current six-week disability leave for birth mothers, our adoption assistance program and other family-related benefits.
GRI 402: LABOR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
Minimum notice periods regarding significant operational changes
Our labor contracts generally require 5- to 10-day advance notice to change employees' scheduled hours of work. In addition, the U.S. WARN Act requires 60-day notice of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. If the company needs to curtail operations sooner, we pay employees for the notice period.
Weyerhaeuser protects employee health and medical information using a variety of systems and processes. Disability Management, Benefits, Workers Compensation and Occupational Health all operate under their appropriate confidentiality processes with information firewalls. Employee occupational medical records required by OSHA regulations are maintained by designated company medical records custodians. Employee medical information and human resources files are maintained separately. US employees are informed of their right to access medical records in accordance with OSHA regulations. Consulting occupational health nurse(s) and in-house health professionals, such as industrial hygienists, practice under their respective ethics codes and professional practice requirements to maintain confidentiality.
Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety
It is an expectation that each manufacturing site has an active health and safety committee perform planned activities in support of their site’s risk-based safety plans, including regular workplace audits, as well as fulfilling any auditing requirements in accordance with OSHA or provincial requirements. Auditors verify through meeting minutes, action plans and interviews that: the safety committee meets monthly; the committee consists of a cross-section of employees, representing different departments, functions and shifts; the chair is someone other than a member of the site leadership team; and there are written guidelines outlining the committee's objectives, authority and responsibilities. Employees and leadership must consider the committee to be effective in addressing site issues and a group whose decisions are acted upon. The results of a 2020 safety goal for employee involvement showed 82 percent of sites meeting the criteria of 90 percent + employee involvement.
We use a Safety Training Matrix to identify mandatory training for all employees, and safety training programs are updated annually. There were 23,149 online safety trainings completed in 2020. These trainings include topics such as aerial work platforms, chain saw safety, chemical management, hazard communication, hearing conservation, electrical safety, fall protection, heat stress and lock/out–tag/out, to name a few.
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.
Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men
We have procedures and policies in place to ensure equal compensation regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and other characteristics protected under law. Our salary structure prescribes a salary band for every job and further supports equal compensation.
GRI 406: NON-DISCRIMINATION
Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken
We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our periodic filings to the SEC.
GRI 407: FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk
Our labor relations continue to be guided by principles jointly developed with the union that represents most 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.
Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor
Our certification to the SFI Forest Management standard specifically addresses the need to recognize and respect Indigenous peoples' rights (Objective 8). Our entire wood supply is certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, which specifically requires an avoidance of controversial sources, including fiber sourced without effective social laws (Objective 13).
Our operations are in North America. Although we do not have major operations in countries or locations where we believe human rights are at risk, we have implemented policies and programs to ensure these rights are protected.
Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening
We manage millions of acres of forestland in Canada. Most forests in Canada are owned by the provincial governments. These forests, also called Crown lands, are managed on behalf of the people of the provinces. The provincial governments grant many entities, including Weyerhaeuser, the rights to operate in these forests. The laws applied to land management are strict and are reflected in agreements and contracts with the provincial government.
GRI 413: LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs
*The percentages shown above are clearcut acres only. In the northeast and in select other instances, we also practice variable retention silviculture. Including these acres, the percent of land harvested increases slightly.
Replanted or naturally regenerated
Forestry research spending (millions of US$)
Forest health and productivity
Fish and wildlife
Ecosystems and biodiversity
Timberlands and manufacturing facilities certified to SFI's Sustainable Forest Management or Fiber Sourcing standards
Manufacturing facilities and export yards certified to SFI and PEFC Chain of Custody standard
Mushroom and berry harvesting (millions of acres covered by permits)
Greenery (millions of acres covered by permits)
Greenery (tons sold for noble fir boughs)
Honey production (bee box hive leases)
Fur production (total permits)
Renewable energy agreements (wind power in megawatt hours)
Harvested area planted within two years (percent)
Fire resistance (thousands of acres burned, not including prescribed burns)
Protected habitat (millions of acres, including natural openings, riparian buffers and wetland mitigation banks)
Managed habitat (millions of acres of early-successional habitat)
Managed habitat (millions of acres of mid-successional habitat)
Formal habitat management agreements (millions of acres)
Area of forestland with protected threatened and endangered species status (thousands of acres)
Improved fish habitat (cumulative number of upgraded stream crossings and drainage projects)
Hunting (thousands of people in hunt clubs)
Hunting (thousands of permits in game management units)
Education (thousands of visitors with school tours/groups)
Some ecosystem services provided by our timberlands do not lend themselves to annual reporting due to a lack of quantitative measures, insufficient reporting units, or the service having been recently discontinued. These services are important reflections of the value provided by our timberlands and could lend themselves to fuller description in the future, if not annual tracking.
Estimated carbon stored in our wood products (million metric tons of CO2e)*
*Calculated using the NCASI Carbon Storage tool based on data developed by the US Forest Service (Technical Bulletin 1939, July 2014). This number is the benefit to the climate due to keeping carbon stored in products (and carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere) over 100 years. It includes statistics on the end-use of our products as well as how long the products are expected to be in use.
Carbon dioxide emissions from biologically sequestered carbon (million metric tons of CO2)*
*In accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Reporting Standard we report the CO2 emissions associated with the combustion of biomass fuels, such as wood and wood waste, separately from the scopes. This biomass fuel is a mix of mill residuals and forest residuals sourced from sustainably managed forests in regions where carbon stocks are stable or increasing. This means it is considered carbon neutral, meaning the growth of trees in the region is more than the harvest and mortality (also, the carbon in the biomass originated in the atmosphere and the biomass is regrown after a harvest). We do, however, include the CH4 and N2O emissions associated with the combustion of biomass in our Scope 1 GHG emissions.