Recognizing the Weyerhaeuser Company, Recently Named One of the Most Community-Minded Companies in the Nationby Representative Adam Smith
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor and
congratulate the Weyerhaeuser Company for being recognized as one of
the most community-minded companies in the United States. The National
Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light, in partnership with
Bloomberg named Weyerhaeuser to The Civic 50 list as one of 50
companies that have demonstrated socially responsible practices and
substantial civic involvement in their communities.
The Weyerhaeuser Company, based in Federal Way, Washington, began more than a century ago in the forest industry. The company currently owns and operates nearly 21 million acres of timberland with offices throughout North America and produces wood and fiber products for a variety of applications.
Weyerhaeuser also makes giving back to the community a company priority. Through the Weyerhaeuser Active Volunteer Employees (WAVES) Program, the company recognizes employee volunteers who contribute their time. The organizations where employees volunteer are also eligible to apply for WAVES grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Last [[Page E1888]] year, 1,357 of Weyerhaeuser's employees participated in more than 164 service projects and contributed more than 31,820 volunteer hours. Through their efforts, 164 WAVES grants were awarded last year to the community. Additionally, Weyerhaeuser has instituted an Employee Volunteer of the Quarter program to honor Weyerhaeuser employees who significantly impact their communities through their personal efforts.
Recently, Weyerhaeuser teamed up with World Vision, a non-profit faith-based organization focused on fighting poverty and injustice, creating Operation Diaper Drive. Operation Diaper Drive is an annual event held by Weyerhaeuser employees where diapers are collected and donated to low-income families. In March of this year, nearly three quarters of a million diapers were distributed to families throughout the United States.
Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Weyerhaeuser Company on their recognition. Weyerhaeuser continues to strive as a leader in the community and in the nation for their impressive philanthropic work.