Community Relations

LP focuses on three primary channels to build community relations: Indigenous peoples outreach and programs; DEI outreach and programs; and business groups, NGOs, and chambers of commerce.
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Indigenous Peoples Outreach and Programs

LP operates in North and South America, where there are many Indigenous communities. LP is committed to engaging with Indigenous Peoples and Nations through opportunities that relate to:

  • Local employment
  • Job training and education
  • Business relations and agreements
  • Community involvement and outreach

Read LP’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Policy.

Promoting Indigenous Peoples and Women in the Forest Industry

LP Swan Valley, Manitoba employee Nicole Leibel shared her experience as an Indigenous woman working in Canada’s forest products industry in this Forest Products Association of Canada video.

DEI Outreach and Programs

The LP Foundation's philanthropic strategy closely aligns with LP’s vision, mission, and brand. Annual grants are targeted at four key areas—housing, the environment, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In 2021, the LP Foundation’s inaugural DEI grants were awarded to two deserving Nashville nonprofits.

  • Serving Souls has a mission is to reduce the wage gap disparity for Black women. Our grant supports empowering women to enter the construction industry through training and certification workshops.
  • Gideon’s Army has a simple but complex mission to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in North Nashville. The need is clear. North Nashville zip code 37208 has the highest incarceration rate of any zip code in America. Through social activism by children, families, and the community, Gideon's Army runs highly successful programs to address school-push-out, youth violence, policing, and juvenile justice.

In addition to the LP Foundation’s annual grants, LP supports many community-based nonprofits and associations whose mission is to advance the causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recent partners include:

  • Advancing Women in Nashville
  • Black Women Build
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council
  • Conexión Américas
  • Nashville Pride
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
  • Urban League of Middle Tennessee
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Business Groups, NGOs, and Chambers of Commerce

LP works with industry associations to shape policies and learn from our peers. We partner with NGOs to stay current with the latest scientific advancements and progressive social policies. LP also looks to chambers of commerce to better understand the communities where we live and work and continue to be a good corporate citizen.

  • American Wood Council
  • APA–The Engineered Wood Association
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council
  • Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council
  • Composite Panel Association (CPA)
  • Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
  • Forest Resource Association
  • Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board
  • Housing Innovation Alliance
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI)
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • National Safety Council
  • North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council