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doyle simons circle.pngWELCOME TO OUR SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

More than 100 years ago, our founder, Frederick Weyerhaeuser, purchased 900,000 acres of timberland in the Pacific Northwest. At that time, he could not have known that our company would still be around nearly 12 decades later, growing trees on a much larger land base and using them to make sustainable wood products that make the world a better place.

But he did imagine it was possible. At the time, he said: “This is not for us, nor for our children, but for our grandchildren.” He believed that forests could last for generations when managed responsibly. And we believe it too.

In the last decade alone, we’ve planted more than one billion trees to ensure our forests continue to thrive, while also providing a renewable resource that can be used to make a variety of useful wood products. One hundred percent of our timberlands are independently certified to sustainable forest management standards, and we certify our supply chain as well. We’ve also set ambitious yet achievable goals in our manufacturing operations. For example, we’ve reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent since the year 2000 and we’ve increased energy efficiency by 15 percent since 2009.

Those results are great for the environment, but our view of sustainability reaches farther. To make sure our company is successful for at least another hundred years, we also need to sustain great financial results, give back to the communities where we operate, and attract the very best talent to help us achieve our goals.

  • To beat our competition, we are relentlessly focused on operational excellence and delivering the most value from every acre we own.
  • To help our operating communities thrive, we support the causes our employees care about through local grants and a matching program for volunteers.
  • And to continue attracting the very best workforce, we offer people the opportunity to grow and develop throughout their careers at a company guided by strong values and a fierce determination to win.

We also made two transformational changes in 2016 that position our company for continued success. We focused our business portfolio by selling our pulp, liquid packaging, and newsprint businesses, and we doubled the size of our Timberlands business by merging with Plum Creek. With 13 million acres of timberlands in the United States and a strong team of the best talent in the industry, we are now five times the size of our nearest publicly traded competitor and the largest forest products company in North America.

But being big doesn’t automatically make us the best. We know we have to earn that position every day by meeting or exceeding our commitments to our customers, communities and shareholders — always while keeping the long-term view in mind.

Thank you for your interest in Weyerhaeuser. After you’ve explored our website to learn more about our sustainable practices, please take a few moments to provide your feedback. Your input is important to us.

Doyle R. Simons
President and CEO
Weyerhaeuser Company


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