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West Fraser 2019 Responsibility Report Summary2019 SASB Disclosures Reference Table

This is West Fraser's first year compiling reporting for the Sustainable Accounting Board Standards (SASB). West Fraser is primarily classified by SASB in SICS Consumer Goods Sector “Building Products & Furnishings.”

Information relevant to Canadian operations under SICS General Issue Categories for Forest Management and Pulp and Paper Products, are also identified in the SASB standards index for this report.

This report is alsobeen prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards. See the GRI Content Index here. 

Reflecting the recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-Financial Disclosure (TCFD), West Fraser provides information about our strategic approach, risks, opportunities and performance related to climate change.

The 2019 Responsibility Reporting covers sustainability data for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019 for all of West Fraser’s managed operations (as detailed in the 2019 Annual Report, page 7). Please contact [email protected] for more information about topics covered in this report.


SASB CODETOPICMetricLocation or Response
CG-BF-000.AAnnual productionBy product segment:
Lumber, Panels, Pulp

Lumber: 5,914 MMfbm
Plywood: 818 MMsf 3/8th basis
MDF: 221 MMsf ¾ basis
LVL: 2,034 Mcf
BCTMP pulp: 677 Mtonnes
NBSK pulp: 460 Mtonnes
Newsprint: 112 Mtonnes

2019 Annual Report, pages 18 - 20

CG-BF-000.BArea of manufacturing facilities 

Total facility area under roof is not a metric West Fraser maintains. See the corporate structure table for principal direct and indirect subsidiaries and joint operations locations for the Company in the 2019 Annual Report, page 7. West Fraser has 45 manufacturing locations. 


Energy Management in Manufacturing

  1. Total energy consumed
  2. Percentage grid electricity
  3. Percentage renewable
  1. 62.6 million gigajoules
  2. 4.5% energy is grid electricity, grid electricity that is renewable: 57%
  3. Total renewable energy: 74.9%

See more reporting: Energy

CG-BF-250a.1Management of Chemicals in ProductsDiscussion of processes to assess and manage risks and/or hazards associated with chemicals in products

See Product Quality & Life Cycle,
GRI disclosure  416-1: Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories

CG-BF-250a.2Management of Chemicals in ProductsPercentage of eligible products meeting volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and content standards

This is relevant to West Fraser's treated wood and panels - all of which meet stringent standards. The panels segment represents 12.4% of West Fraser's 2019 revenue. 

  • West Fraser's Treated wood is NGBS Green Certified Product for Resource Efficiency and is eligible to contribute points towards the certification of homes and buildings under the National Green Building Standard. See treated wood environmental specifications.
  • West Fraser plywood qualifies for the stringent indoor air quality classification levels, including JAS F****, DIN E1, and EN Release Class A.  West Fraser plywood also qualifies for the "No Added Urea Formaldehyde" credit in the LEED building rating system. See plywood environmental specifications.
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations Phase II limits for thin MDF became effective on January 1, 2012, which limits emissions to no more than 0.13 parts per million. West Fraser's MDF production meets or exceeds CARB Phase 2 standards. WestPine also meets CARB NAF standards WestPine ECO Gold. See MDF environmental specifications.
CG-BF-410a.1Product Lifecycle Environmental ImpactsDescription of efforts to manage product lifecycle impacts and meet demand for sustainable products

Wood is the only major building material that stores carbon for its useful lifetime.

Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for the Company’s products provided in Product Quality & Life Cycle, GRI disclosure  416-1 Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories, see also: Energy 302-5 Reduction of energy requirements of products and services.

See also: Climate Change,  West Fraser biomaterials.

CG-BF-410a.2Product Lifecycle Environmental Impacts
  1. Weight of end-of-life material recovered
  2. Percentage of recovered materials recycled
  1. 11.3 million metric tonnes
  2. 95% (10.8 million metric tonnes) 

More: Waste and Material Efficiency


Wood Supply Chain Management

  1. Total weight of wood fiber materials purchased
  2. Percentage from third-party certified forestlands
  3. Percentage by standard
  4. Percentage certified to other wood fiber standards
  5. Percentage by standard

More detailed reporting in Responsible Timber Sourcing

  1. Canada: 14 million cubic metres, U.S.: 14 million tons
  2. Percentage from third-party certified forest lands:
    • Canada: 73.6%
    • United States: 32.1%

Fibre certifications - Canada (whole logs)

  • SFI Sustainable Forest Management: 72.6%
  • SFI Fiber Sourcing: 20%
  • FSC Controlled Wood: 6.4%
  • Other forest management certification:  1%

Canadian residual fibre certifications (pulp, MDF fibre)

  • PEFC Chain of Custody: 100%
  • FSC Controlled Wood: 100%

Fibre certifications - United States (whole logs)

  • SFI Sustainable Forest Management: 31.4%
  • SFI Fiber Sourcing: 67.9%
  • Other forest management certification:  <1%