Contributing to Healthy Local Economies
We understand the interconnectedness between our people and the communities where they work and live. Contributing to a healthy economy is a key part of our business philosophy and practice.
We invest in our facilities and systems, and employ the latest technologies. This ensures they are positioned for long-term success and can offer stable employment for local residents.
We contribute to local, state, provincial and federal economies through taxes and stumpage payments, and build capacity by purchasing goods and services locally.
Interfor has a dedicated community giving program across the Company supported by a donation policy. Local community groups are encouraged to fill out and submit requests for funding. Preference is given to local initiatives that relate to education, children/youth, health and the environment. Requests are reviewed and approved by each division.
For the past few decades, Interfor has been supporting local youth to fulfill their educational goals. Interfor now runs a formal scholarship program across the Company. Students whose parents or guardians work at Interfor can apply for funding to pursue post-secondary or training education. The Tolleson-Wood Family Scholarship in the US South and the Dal Shemko Memorial Scholarship in the Pacific Northwest and BC recognize recipients for their academic achievements, volunteer and community contributions, and educational and career goals.
2017 achievements and actions
“Whenever a company makes an investment it represents a vote of confidence in the community, the state, and the workforce.” – Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
- We provided scholarships of $2,000 each for 25 aspiring students who plan to pursue post-secondary education or technical training. These are students whose parents or guardians work at Interfor.
- We received the Environmental Sustainability Award at the 18th annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Burnaby Board of Trade, for protecting, sustaining and enhancing natural resources as an integral part of our business plan and adopting practices to reduce energy consumption.
- Interfor was named “Industry of the Year” in Monticello, AR, for its ongoing commitment to train and develop employees, invest in facilities and give back to the community.
- Nearly 150 community-based organizations across North America received a total of $334,000 of in-kind and/or financial support from Interfor’s operations, including:
- The United Way of the Lower Mainland to support local agencies, governments and individuals who build healthy, caring, inclusive communities. Interfor matched funds raised by employees. (Vancouver and Grand Forks)
- The annual Campbell River Salmon Festival to help raise funds for community events and celebrations. (Coastal Woodlands)
- Chase & District Lions Community Club to support community projects, scholarships and recreation. (Adams Lake)
- Boundary Community Food Bank so it can provide nearly 165 hampers monthly, helping feed about 300 residents (nearly half of whom are children, seniors or have a disability). (Grand Forks)
- Captain Joseph House Foundation, which provides a place for families of fallen soldiers to gather for respite and care for their personal healing. (Port Angeles)
- Log a Load for Kids to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network to improve children’s health through treatment, education and research. (Monticello)
- Families Feeding Families, which funds and manages a food pantry year-round supporting about 25 families a week. (Thomaston)