SASB Index

2020 SASB Disclosures Reference Table

West Fraser is primarily classified by  Sustainable Accounting Board Standards (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. The 2020 Responsibility Reporting covers sustainability data for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 for all of West Fraser’s managed operations (as detailed in the 2020 Annual Report, page 8).

This report is also been prepared in accordance with:

Please see our website to access other reporting related to our sustainability disclosures such as our Annual Report, Information Circular, Financial Statements and Governance documents.

Contact [email protected] for more information about topics covered in this report.

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

Lumber 5,958 MMfbm   

Engineered Wood 1,242 000s MSF 3/8"

Pulp 1,229 Metric tonnes

Greater segmentation available: 2020 Annual Report, pages 20-21

CG-BF-000.BArea of manufacturing facilities 

1.04 million square meters

See the corporate structure 2020 Annual Report, page 8. In 2020, West Fraser had 45 manufacturing locations.


Energy Management in Manufacturing

  1. Total energy consumed
  2. Percentage grid electricity
  3. Percentage renewable
  1. 62.9 million Gigajoules
  2. Grid electricity represents 13.7% of total energy consumption, 46% of grid electricity is renewable
  3. Total renewable energy: 74%

See more: Energy

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

This is relevant to West Fraser's treated wood and panels - all of which meet stringent standards. 

  • 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.

See Product Quality & Life Cycle 

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

See also: Climate ChangeWest Fraser biomaterials.

CG-BF-410a.2Product Lifecycle Environmental Impacts
  1. Weight of end-of-life material recovered
  2. Percentage of recovered materials recycled
  1. 9.3 million metric tonnes
  2. 95.5% (8.9 million metric tonnes) 

More: Fibre Utilization & Recovery


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

(1) Canada: ~13 million cubic metres
~ U.S.: 12 million green tons 
per 2020 Annual Report, Fibre Consumption page 11

(2) Percentage of fibre from third-party certified forest lands: 

  • Canada: 78.5%
  • United States: 31.4% 

(3-5) Fibre sourcing/chain of custody certifications - whole log:


  • SFI Sustainable Forest Management: 78.5%
  • SFI Fiber Sourcing: 14%
  • FSC Controlled Wood: 6%
  • Other forest management certification:  <1%

Residual fibre certifications: 
(Canadian pulp, MDF fibre) 

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

United States

  • SFI Sustainable Forest Management: 31.4%
  • SFI Fiber Sourcing: 68.7%
  • Other forest management certification:  <1%