Business Ethics

Our Code of Conduct policy provides direction to our directors, officers and employees to conform to the highest legal, ethical and moral standards in conducting the respective businesses of West Fraser.

Our Code of Conduct affirms West Fraser’s long-standing policy that its directors, officers and employees conform to the highest legal, ethical and moral standards in conducting the respective businesses of West Fraser and its subsidiaries including adhering to the laws and regulations in Canada and the United States concerning unlawful activity. All individuals subject to the Code have a responsibility to respect these laws and behave accordingly by complying with our guidelines for behaviour.

Procurement Practices

Our facilities are primarily located in rural communities in the United States and Canada, where our business relies on many local contractors, partners and suppliers to provide goods and services to our mills, most materially, the log supply for our manufacturing operations.

Conflicts of interest in procurement are covered under our Code of Conduct Section 6. Conflicts of Interest and Corporate Opportunity.

Anti-Corruption

West Fraser obeys the anti-corruption laws in Canada and the United States, where we do business. See also our Code of Conduct Section 8. Offering or Accepting Gifts and Gratuities / Anti-Corruption.

Anti-Competitive Behavior

We disclose all material litigation and legal proceedings in our regulatory filings. See also Competition and Fair Dealing in our Code of Conduct, Section 10.

Public Policy 

Public policy and legislation can have a significant impact on our business. Many public policy issues, including forest management and environmental regulations, carbon policy and climate change, taxation, and trade policy are discussed in our 2018 Annual Report, pages 9-18, & 52-60.

Beyond government policymakers and public officials, we engage with a broad cross-sector of stakeholders including trade, forestry and business associations, customers, suppliers, employees, Indigenous Peoples, local communities and non-governmental organizations on public policy issues related to our business and the forestry sector through our fibre procurement and forest management planning activities.

We comply with all Canadian and U.S. laws relating to political donations in the jurisdictions where we do business.