Sustainability

Responsible Stewardship

"Rayonier's mission is to provide industry-leading financial returns to our shareholders while serving as a responsible steward of the environment and a beneficial partner to the communities in which we operate."

Governance and Oversight

Rayonier delivers value to our shareholders through the sustainable management of our forests, continued strategic growth and strong financial returns. Forestland is a long-term asset, thus sustainability and responsible stewardship are embedded in our business and critical to our long-term success. 

Rayonier understands that it is accountable not only to investors, employees, and residents of the communities where we operate today, but also to future generations. Our approach to, and position on, key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues affecting our long-term sustainability cover practices under all three of our businesses: Forestry, Real Estate and Land Resources, in all locations. 

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors provides oversight of ESG matters. The specific responsibilities are laid out in the Charter of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. A bottom-up approach to best practices, combined with oversight by senior leadership guides the development and implementation of our ESG policies and practices. We perform internal and external (where applicable) audits and risk assessments to maintain these practices. In addition, Rayonier has an Enterprise Risk Management program led by senior managers through which we identify, evaluate and mitigate risks – including ESG risks. 

Rayonier aims to improve transparency on these issues over time and welcomes stakeholder feedback.

 

For nearly a century, value creation at Rayonier has meant going beyond being responsible stewards of our forests to also being invested in our people and the communities in which we operate.
David Nunes, President and CEO of Rayonier

Sustainable Land Management

Rayonier is built on our ability to grow and manage a healthy, abundant renewable resource: trees. At every stage in the lifecycle of our trees, we take careful measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of our forests as well as the wildlife, soils and water within them. We are committed to looking after the land for both current and future generations. Rayonier’s success depends on a continued commitment to the principles of environmental and economic sustainability – growing, maintaining and harvesting healthy forests that will enable us and the communities we live in to prosper well into the future. 

In the late 1930s, Rayonier planted its first tree in the Southeastern United States, marking the beginning of our ongoing cycle of planting, harvesting and re-planting in our forests. In the U.S. alone, we’ve planted well over one billion trees in Rayonier’s forests, and that number continues to grow, with more than 30 million more seedlings planted in the U.S. and New Zealand in 2018 alone. This, combined with our sustainable yield* of approximately 10 million tons annually, demonstrates our commitment to sustainability. 

*Sustainable yield (average harvest level that can be sustained into perpetuity) is defined and disclosed by segment in our Form 10-K

Climate Change

In our evaluation of climate change, we consider the positive impact that forests have in capturing carbon, intercepting water, and stabilizing soils, thereby mitigating negative effects on the environment. At the core – through photosynthesis – trees absorb carbon and other pollutants, then emit pure oxygen into the atmosphere: a climate change solution. We do, however, also recognize the risks to society and Rayonier from the effects of climate change and deliberately take steps to mitigate those risks.

People

Our culture is guided by our core values – integrity first, accountability always, and quality in everything we do. Recognizing that our people are the foundation of our success, we strive to foster a culture that provides all of our 349 employees with a sense of purpose and professional enrichment. We are very passionate about our culture and inspired by the teamwork and collaboration we see every day at Rayonier.

We strive to be the preferred employer in the forestry industry. To achieve this vision, we are committed to creating an engaging and rewarding employee experience, with an emphasis on making safety our priority, embracing the power of teamwork and diversity, supporting employee growth and development, empowering employees to act like owners and creating a culture of wellness.

Our team works together across geographic, functional, and business line boundaries to solve problems and improve performance to ultimately fulfill our mission of generating industry-leading financial returns for our shareholders while serving as a responsible steward of our lands.

Community and Public Policy

Our communities are our home. From Florida to New Zealand and everywhere else that Rayonier does business, we work to enhance the livelihoods of those who reside in these often rural locations, which also serve as home to many of our employees. Rayonier employees give their time and talents in the communities where they live and work to create opportunities for a better tomorrow. We value our active commitment to civic engagement and advocacy on public policy in our industry.

Sustainability

Renewable Resources

Rayonier's renewable assets are part of the bigger role that forests play in maintaining the atmospheric balance necessary to support life.

  • Sun - Sunlight is a primary, renewable element that forests need to grow. In addition, trees use the sunlight to convert carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas, to oxygen – needed by all living things.

  • Rain - Rainwater is an essential element that forests need to grow. In addition, trees capture and filter the rainwater before it goes into the ground. The trees natural filtration and storage systems supply the overwhelming majority of our useable water.

  • Soil - Soil sequesters carbon and when properly managed can increase the growth of forests, which in-turn increase long-term carbon sequestration.

  • Trees - Forests generate oxygen, as well as sequester carbon from the atmosphere by storing it in trees and their roots below ground. Even after they have been harvested, trees continue to store carbon in products such as homes, furniture, paper and 100’s of other products, thereby providing a long-term positive carbon impact.

  • Wildlife Habitat - Forests serve as home to 70 percent of the world’s animals and plants.