Weyerhaeuser provides sustainability update
Weyerhaeuser shared the results of its 11th annual sustainability report, with highlights that included a perfect timberlands certification record.
"At Weyerhaeuser, sustainability is how we do business," said Doyle Simons, president and CEO, in his letter to stakeholders. "It all comes back to flawless execution to achieve our vision: working together to grow a truly great company for our shareholders, customers and employees. To us, this means creating a great place to work, achieving great financial results and making a great contribution to society. Our goal is to do all three really well, all the time."
Other points of note: 73% of Weyerhaeuser’s sites stayed injury-free last year, with a recordable incident rate of less than one. Additionally, the company followed the ‘In accordance’ – Comprehensive level of the new Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
Among its sustainability initiatives last year was a new data collection program that streamlined and simplified report content.
And finally, some recognition: Weyerhaeuser was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the third year in a row, and it also ranked sixth on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute.
Marsh reflects on new membership
Craig Marsh, president of Salt Lake City-based Advanced Window Products, had some words to say about the company’s recent entry into The Earthwise Group, a national network of locally owned, independent windows and doors manufacturers.
"The business philosophy and practices of the Earthwise Group are perfectly aligned with our own," he said. "The Earthwise Group has a focus on sustainability and continuous improvement, and their products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. These were important factors for us."
Marsh added that Advanced Window Products makes windows and doors that are custom-suited to the region’s desert climate, built with high-performance insulated glass to stand up to high levels of UV radiation. Earthwise manufacturers tend to embody this approach, with various types of products suited to various geographical regions.
"We are pleased to welcome Advanced Window Products to the Earthwise Group," added Mark Davis, executive director. "The knowledge and experience of their management team will be a great addition to our group. We look forward to working with them as we continue to expand westward."
The Earthwise Group, which has nearly quadrupled in size over the last decade and had an 18% sales bump in 2013, now consists of 17 companies.
Whirlpool dryers board the Energy Star train
Whirlpool Corporation has earned the first and only (for now) Energy Star certification for the clothes dryer category, now on the market as the Duet model WED87HED steam dryer.
The Duet dryer combines moisture sensors with dual element modulation technology to arrive at an energy-efficient drying cycle that uses no more heat (and runs for no more time) than is required. Beyond conserving energy, it also helps preserve fabrics.
"Clothes dryers are the next frontier for significant residential energy efficiency gains, and we are proud to be the first manufacturer to offer Energy Star dryers," said Nick Gillespie, senior manager of government relations for Whirlpool Corporation. "Our long history of building products that are both innovative and effective in protecting the environment is key to our ongoing success."
The Energy Star label has been available for clothes dryers since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the changes on May 27, with new specifications geared toward dryers that use 20% less energy than is required by 2015 minimum efficiency standards.
Whirlpool cited the EPA, suggesting that if all residential clothes dryers were to follow suit, U.S. residents would save over $1.5 billion per year in utility costs, as well as thwart over 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.