Weyerhaeuser Company

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
60%
Organisation Score
43%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Paper & Forest Products
Head​quarters:
Seattle, United States
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview:: Weyerhaeuser appears to have mixed, albeit limited, engagement with climate change policy. The company does not appear to be actively engaged on climate change via its top-line messaging or detailed lobbying activities, but supports a role for bioenergy in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Weyerhaeuser appears to have limited but broadly positive top-line communications on climate change. On its corporate website, accessed in August 2022, Weyerhaeuser recognizes the potential impacts of climate change in addition to emphasizing the need to limit global warming to 1.5°C in line with IPCC guidance. The company outlined its support for a net-zero economy by 2050 on its website. However, Weyerhaeuser also states on its website that it supports federal climate action over state climate policies. It does not appear to explicitly state support for the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: InfluenceMap was unable to find any evidence of engagement on specific climate-related regulation. On its sustainability webpage accessed in August 2022, Weyerhaeuser indicates that it is engaging on a list of policies, but provides no details on the company’s positions, influencing activities, or the outcomes sought on policy relevant to climate change.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Weyerhaeuser appears supportive of increased bioenergy use and therefore is supportive of a broad transition of the energy mix away from fossil fuels. On its corporate website, accessed in August 2022, Weyerhaeuser stated that bioenergy represents an alternative to fossil fuels, showing broad support for transitioning the energy mix. In its Sustainability section of its website, accessed in August 2022, the company acknowledged the importance of energy policy, including the role of biomass in renewable energy policies, but did not elaborate further. In Weyerhaeuser’s 2021 CDP response, it disclosed that it is lobbying in partnership with the National Association for Forest Owners for the full carbon benefits of forest bioenergy to be recognized in federal policy, and stated that it is consistent with the position held by the National Association of Forest Owners in “applauding Congress for taking decisive action to recognize biomass as a carbon neutral, renewable resource and an important part of the U.S. energy portfolio”, demonstrating support for bioenergy in a broader energy transition.

Industry Association Governance: Weyerhaeuser appears to disclose its memberships to industry associations on its corporate website, and a partial disclosure can be found in its 2021 CDP report. However, the company does not appear to outline its role within each organization or its influence over their climate change policy positions. The company has not published a full audit of its alignment with its industry associations. Weyerhaeuser holds memberships to several groups, including the National Association of Forest Owners and the American Wood Council, none of which are currently asessed under InfluenceMap's platform.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.