As the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood products, UFP Industries has a vested interest in nurturing a healthy environment in which trees can grow and thrive. Our future – as people and as a company – depends on it. Throughout our history, we’ve worked to protect and safeguard our natural resources as best as we can.
We distribute many types of materials, but sawdust is in our blood, and we’re proud of that – because wood is renewable, sustainable, recyclable, durable and biodegradable. It also typically requires less energy to work with than most other raw materials. Doesn’t get much better than that.
UFP Industries owns neither forests nor sawmills. But we do buy lumber, and we have strict policies and practices to make sure that the lumber we buy is harvested responsibly. We review and monitor our vendors through regular dialogue, on-site visits, and independent certification of their operations and standards. We also encourage them to use third-party certification agencies that are dedicated to verifying environmentally sound business practices. Today, at least 95% of our panels and 85% of our lumber comes from vendors that are third-party certified, and that number continues to grow.
Many of our facilities have Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)® FSC-C004179 Chain of Custody Certification SCS-COC-001831. FSC has developed rigorous standards to ensure that forests are harvested responsibly. FSC products can be used to earn points in the NAHB’s Model Green Home Building and other state and local green building programs.
Central to our business is what we call the “whole log theory.” We minimize waste by using every part of every log and all grades of lumber, minimizing waste, to manufacture our products. Our wide range of products and end markets allow us to do this..
UFP Industries is the leading pressure-treater of lumber in the U.S. We help extend the life of wood products by shielding them from decay and termite infestation, using environmentally safe protective solutions. In fact, the process we use to treat our ProWood® line of MCA-treated lumber is the first to receive Environmentally Preferable Product certification by Scientific Certification Systems.
Our facilities are environmentally protective, closed-loop systems that are operated and monitored by a staff of scientists as well as production and regulatory specialists. Fully committed to reducing our impact, we recycle the solution used to treat lumber and ensure that our treating plants have zero wastewater discharge.
OUR PHILOSOPHIES AND GOALS.
The UFP Industries Foundation seeks to foster independence and accountability in the people and organizations we assist, while building healthy communities where we work and live.
Through our charitable giving and volunteerism, we encourage:
opportunity and self-improvement by funding programs that promote values and notions we cherish, such as a strong work ethic, determination, entrepreneurialism, freedom, integrity and knowledge;
a free society by funding programs that support and promote free enterprise and the virtues of independence and accountability;
capitalism by helping those in need who can’t help themselves, and by providing assistance to those who need a springboard to a life of independence and personal responsibility; and
a healthy environment by supporting long-term, pragmatic solutions that address real environmental challenges.
Each year, UFP Industries, Inc. donates a percentage of its pre-bonus operation profits to the UFP Industries Foundation to provide the opportunity for consistent charitable giving, no matter the economic conditions or the company’s performance in any given year.
Organizations that meet the following criteria will receive priority:
Fall into one of the four focus areas of our giving: opportunity and self-improvement, a free society, benevolent capitalism, a healthy environment.
Have programs, policies, practices and/or an ideology that support and promote free enterprise, capitalism, or personal liberty
Work to correct, or eliminate - not to sustain, the problems or needs they claim to address through their programs
Wherever possible, provide a hand-up, not a hand-out
Have a history of success and integrity
Promote the participation of employees of the companies of UFP (through volunteer activities, board positions, or other engagement)
Are collaborative and innovative, and provide services not offered in other ways by other organizations, or that do not duplicate services offered in their geographic areas or for their specific audiences
Requests for contributions must be made in writing (via email or hard copy) to the UFP Industries Foundation, 2801 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525.