Sustainable Forestry Policy
Rayonier is committed to the practice of sustainable forestry on land that it owns, leases and manages for timber production in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The company intends to maintain this commitment by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates the reforestation, managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees as an economic enterprise with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, wildlife and fish habitats, and aesthetics.
Each business unit is obligated to establish its own programs and procedures for the practice of sustainable forestry consistent with local conditions, laws, this policy, and other policies of the company, as follows:
Within the United States, the company has agreed to comply with the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), as published in the current SFI Standard, under the guidance of the U.S. Forest Resources business. Thus, all domestic forestry programs must (a) comply with the core SFI indicators, SFI reporting requirements, and SFI verification or certification requirements; (b) to recognize and respect the rights of workers and indigenous people in accordance with U.S. law; and (c) provide for employee education as necessary to achieve the practice of sustainable forestry. The U.S. Forest Resources business is required annually to report to the Chief Executive Officer on whether the results of the business satisfy our obligations under SFI.
Outside of the United States, any forestry-related business shall establish and maintain sustainable forestry programs and practices in accordance with the policies and values of the company and an independent sustainable forestry program consistent with the customs of the country where the company owns and/or manages forest land. Each such foreign business is required annually to report to the Chief Executive Officer regarding its compliance with this policy.
Any questions about this policy shall be directed to the Manager of Environmental Affairs.
Number: 6.3 | Effective 12/17/2014 | Revised 12/17/2014