At LP, we want to build strong relationships and support the communities where we live and work. We rely on our local communities to be able to source the materials on which our business depends. Therefore, a critical component of our effort to promote responsible fiber sourcing is our public outreach, education and community involvement to help sustain local communities and their economies. We foster strong partnerships with indigenous communities, local community organizations, and landowner cooperative programs, among others, to ensure we are helping landowners to manager forests in a sustainable way.
Our sustainable fiber sourcing program includes a commitment to recognize and respect all human rights. We have established a number of processes and policies that guide this commitment, specifically with regards to the rights of indigenous people and to minimizing negative community impacts. These include the LP Natural Resources Policy on Social Laws, the LP BC Aboriginal First Nations Procedure, and the LP Code of Business Conduct.
Furthermore, LP’s SFI and PEFC commitments demand that we assess the risk of sourcing raw material from controversial sources, including sources where the rights of indigenous people might not be adequately protected. Use of controversial sources are not allowed in SFI-labeled products.
Since our beginnings, LP employees have been working and giving time to the community to help build strong relationships with our neighbors. Employees use their passion, skills and expertise as leaders and volunteers focused on the needs of their communities.
LP teams have come together from across the United States, Canada and South America to make a real impact in their communities by repairing homes, working with children, cleaning beaches, and helping raise awareness of our environment and the importance of conservation and sustainability. Many of our projects can be seen on the LP Community Facebook page.
LP also supports numerous charities directly and through our charitable giving foundation, the LP Foundation. We focus efforts on helping nonprofits and local public schools where our employees live and work. For more information about what the LP Foundation is doing in your area, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LP Volunteer Efforts
LP people volunteer as individuals and teams across the company. Just a few recent volunteer highlights:
- Since 2008, LP has partnered with Rebuilding Together, a leading national non-profit in safe and healthy housing, to assist 25 families in need improve their homes by making needed repairs and energy efficiency upgrades so that families can safely stay in their homes, contributing more than 1,900 hours of work.
- LP’s Corporate Engineering Department mentors high school students involved in the Academies of Nashville: The Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Alternative Energy, Logistics and Sustainability. Students participate in job shadowing, hands-on projects and events with LP employees.
- LP’s Forest Resources Division hosts the Middle Tennessee Chapter, Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters for a day of mentoring and an evening of music. The annual event, which started in 2015, pairs forestry students with foresters and engineers for a day of mentoring and music in Nashville.
- After heavy rains inundated the Baton Rouge, La., area in September 2016, LP teamed with Zachary Lumber and Hardware and BlueLinx’s New Orleans distributorship to feed Zachary Lumber customers as well as the Zachary, La. Police Department while they were working around the clock in flood relief and recovery efforts. Texas Territory Sales Manager Michael Murphy brought his grill from San Antonio and Channel Manager Kip Faulk helped serve the delicious food.
- LP employees team up with PENCIL Foundation volunteers in Nashville each fall to support the nonprofit organization’s annual school supplies drive at Nissan Stadium before a Tennessee Titans game, benefiting LP Pencil Box. Since 2005, when LP PENCIL Box was founded, more than $4 million worth of school supplies have been distributed to Metro Nashville Public School students whose families cannot afford to purchase them.
- A volunteer crew from LP Portland works annually to fill hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies, a local nonprofit that gives school supplies to area public schools.
- LP employees team up each year with the Nashville NHL Predators Foundation to build new playgrounds for children and young students at Nashville area schools and early childhood development centers.
- LP employees are members of volunteer fire departments, search and rescue teams, and community development boards in the many communities where we operate.
Nonprofit Board Participation
LP executives and managers donate their time and expertise as members of the boards of directors for community nonprofits. Since 2004, when LP moved its headquarters to Nashville, LP managers at corporate headquarters have served as directors for such organizations as the Oasis Center, Adventure Science Center, Monroe Harding, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, the PENCIL Foundation, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Y-Build, the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Rebuilding Together Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce among others.
How We Give
LP and The LP Foundation contribute both cash and product. We also support nonprofit organizations and public schools. Our charitable donations focus on shelter programs, K–12 public schools, environmental programs, social services and special needs in the communities near LP mills and offices. Our charitable grants include: Foundation General Grants Governed by a five member Board of Trustees.
Community Impact Grants
The LP Foundation annually offers the Community Grant program in small, rural communities that are home to our mills and administrative offices in the U.S. and Canada. LP mills partner with local qualified nonprofits or schools for these grants, from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on the size of our workforce at the mill.
Employee Matching Grant
The LP Foundation matches 100% of employee contributions (up to $1,000 per individual per year) to qualified charities and K-12 public schools. The LP Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant applications. If you wish to inquire about grant opportunities, please send an email to The LP Foundation.
The LP Foundation IRS Determination Letter and 990 forms
LP Grants Awarded in 2017
- PENCIL Foundation - LP Pencil Box free school supply store
- Oasis Center – shelter for youth in crisis
- YWCA – domestic violence shelter
- Rebuilding Together – rehab of homes for those in need
- The Land Trust of Tennessee – land conservation
- Monroe Harding – youth cooperative living program
- KaBOOM! – playground builds for kids growing up in poverty
- Hard Bargain Association – rehab and affordable housing in Franklin
The LP Foundation also supports numerous non-profit events throughout the year through corporate sponsorships, including American Heart Association, Conexion Americas, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Harpeth River Watershed Association.
- Sammy Brown Library
- Thomasville Revitalization Community Development Corp.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Alabama
- Step Up N Ride Society
- Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School
- Lady Grey Elementary School
- Cullman Caring for Kids
- Victim Services of Cullman
- Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
- Southside School - RSU 29
- East End Volunteer Fire Department
- Établissement le Rucher, École primaire St-Boniface
- Project Backpack
- Tahquamenon Area Schools Playground Fund
- Fort St. John's Women Resource Society
- School House Supplies
- Tehama County Reading Council
- Tehama County Department of Education
- Person County Habitat for Humanity
- Communities in Schools of Wilkes County
- Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club
- Taylor School
- Salvation Army Happy Backpack program
- Three Rivers United Temporary Housing/Our Sisters House
- Minnehaha PTA
- The Carousel Center
In addition, The LP Foundation has matched employee contributions to scores of other organizations across the United States and Canada.