FEDERAL WAY, Wash., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards are considered a "Nobel Prize" for public service in the United States. The organization annually recognizes outstanding individual contributors to society and has also launched a number of programs that promote youth and workplace engagement in public service.
Each year, one corporation is also honored for outstanding service. Weyerhaeuser's deep commitment to citizenship as a core company value, strong support for employee volunteerism in its operating communities, and signature "diaper drive" campaign caught the attention of the prestigious Jefferson Award Board of Selectors.
In accepting the award, president and CEO Doyle Simons said, "It's a real honor to receive this award, but I can't take any personal credit for having earned it. Weyerhaeuser is 114 years old and I've been with the company for less than a year, so this award really belongs to all 13,000 of our employees. It acknowledges the truly great work they do for their communities."
Simons also explained why the company launched its annual diaper drive event, which encourages employees to donate diapers during a three-week period to be distributed to nonprofit organizations in their communities that serve families in need.
"A few years ago we learned that diapers are a real gap in social services," he said. "All parents know just how crucial diapers are, but most government programs don't cover the cost of diapers and many people don't think about donating them. Since we launched this program, our employees have donated nearly 2.5 million diapers to families in need."
Learn more about how Weyerhaeuser invests in its communities through corporate giving, volunteerism programs and its diaper drive campaign.
Learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control nearly 7 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manage another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products, and we develop real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In 2013, we generated $8.5 billion in sales and employed approximately 13,700 people who serve customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. Learn more at www.weyerhaeuser.com.
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