Submitted by: Weyerhaeuser Company
Posted: May 15, 2000 – 12:00 AM EST
May 15 /CSRwire/ - Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the release of its 1999 Annual Environment, Health and Safety Report. For the first time in the seven years that the company has produced this report, information about health and safety performance has been included.
Since committing to sustainable forestry in the 1940s, Weyerhaeuser has planted over 2.8 billion seedlings. Today, it plants more than 100 million seedlings globally each year.
Since implementing its Minimum Impact Manufacturing strategy in the early 1990s, the company has significantly reduced its impact to land, air and water. In 1998, the company eliminated elemental chlorine used for pulp and paper bleaching throughout its mills in the United States and Canada. Today Weyerhaeuser:
Uses virtually every portion of the logs it brings into its sawmills.
Reuses 98 percent of the chemicals required for making paper.
Generates two-thirds of the energy it needs for its pulp and paper mills from the manufacturing process itself.
Obtains 40 percent of the wood fiber needed for our paper products from recycled wastepaper.
During 1999, 145 company operations collectively worked a total of more than 20 million hours without a lost time accident.
"The report also highlights Weyerhaeuser’s commitment to align all of our timberlands and manufacturing operations to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard," said Steven R. Rogel, Weyerhaeuser chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This international standard is well suited to our large-scale timberlands and manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada and the Southern Hemisphere.
"It will help ensure that reliable processes are in place in our operations to improve our environmental performance, to meet regulatory requirements in the years ahead, and improve our performance against each of our environmental goals, which include practicing sustainable forestry, reducing pollution, and conserving natural resources."
NOTE: To receive a copy of the report, e-mail Kathy Budinick at firstname.lastname@example.org. The report, as well as additional information, is also available online at www.weyerhaeuser.com.
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 1999, sales were $12.3 billion. It has offices or operations in 13 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities.
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