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 WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced the Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY), a leading forest products company, has become its newest member. GEMI is a coalition of Fortune 500 companies formed in 1990 to foster environmental excellence by business worldwide.
 "Protecting the environment is a top priority at Weyerhaeuser, and achieving the highest standards of environmental responsibility is a major element in our corporate vision and values," said Jack Larsen, corporate vice president of Weyerhaeuser's Office of the Environment. "Weyerhaeuser believes that sustaining and enhancing our forest and manufacturing practices depends on careful stewardship of the environment," he said.
 "The Total Quality approach is now 'the Weyerhaeuser Way,'" Larsen said. "Recently, we implemented the Total Quality process in order to solve a wastewater treatment issue. Now, we are not only saving the company $25 million a year, but have also resolved a very important environmental challenge."
 GEMI was founded in April 1990 by American corporate leaders with a single goal in mind -- protect the environment through improved management practices. To this end, GEMI has embraced Total Quality Environmental management (TQEM) as the most effective way to improve the overall level of quality of environmental management.
 "Since its inception, GEMI's goal has been to expand its membership across the entire corporate spectrum," said George Carpenter, director of Environment, Energy and Safety Systems for the Procter & Gamble Co., and chairman of GEMI. "The forest products industry is one of the most visible industries we have when it comes to facing environmental concerns and demonstrating positive change. Weyerhaeuser's commitment to continuous improvement of its environmental practices has been exemplary and is entirely consistent with GEMI's goals."
 Headquartered in Federal Way, Wash., Weyerhaeuser is the largest private owner of softwood timber in the world. It is one of North America's largest producers of forest products and recycled paper products and is the largest U.S. exporter of forest products. In 1991 net revenues and sales were $8.7 billion. A leader in forestry management and research, Weyerhaeuser grows and harvests timber; and manufactures, distributes and sells forest products, including logs, wood chips, building products, pulp, paper and packaging products. The company also has interests in real estate, construction and development and financial services.
 A founding member of the National Office Paper Recycling Project, Weyerhaeuser is one of the five largest recyclers of office waste in the nation. The company is a voluntary participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 33/50 program to reduce toxic emissions well beyond legal requirements.
 "Membership in GEMI helps to foster consistent worldwide environmental standards. We will be sharing ideas on how to improve our practices and learning from the successes of other companies," Larsen said.
 GEMI's third annual Corporate Quality conference will be held March 22-25, 1993, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Arlington, Va. The conference will focus on the role of leadership in turning corporate environmental vision into reality. Last year's conference attracted almost 300 attendees who heard from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William K. Reilly and the Chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality Michael Deland. All of GEMI's conferences feature speeches by industry leaders as well as smaller breakout sessions where participants and speakers examine, in detail, a number of important environmental issues.
 Current GEMI members: Allied Signal Inc., Amoco Corp., Apple Computer Inc., AT&T, The Boeing Co., Browning-Ferris Industries, Digital Equipment Corp., The Dow Chemical Co., Duke Power Co., Eastman Kodak Co., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Florida Power & Light, Merck & Co. Inc., Occidental Petroleum Corp., The Procter & Gamble Co., The Southern Co., Union Carbide Corp., W.R. Grace & Co., Weyerhaeuser Co.
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