Congress, due to concerns about armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries funding their activities by exploiting trade in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (“conflict minerals”), passed legislation that obligates publicly traded companies, like USG Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, “USG”), to investigate their use of conflict minerals and, in certain circumstances, make disclosures regarding their use of conflict minerals in products they manufacture or contract to be manufactured.
USG is committed to complying with the legislation and has implemented a due-diligence process to meet its obligations. In order to comply with the legislation and manage customer requests regarding conflict minerals, USG Corporation:
USG expects its suppliers to conduct similar due diligence on the sources and chains of custody of conflict minerals and make their due diligence findings available to USG. USG’s goal is that only “conflict free” materials are used in products we manufacture or contract to manufacture.
USG has implemented the processes and procedures described above and concluded that, in 2013, USG did not manufacture or contract to manufacture any product within the scope of the legislation that contains conflict minerals that are necessary to the product’s functionality or production.