Conflict Minerals Information

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
3555 Farnam Street, Suite 1440
Omaha, NE 68131

Conflict Minerals Policy Statement

 

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire”) and its subsidiaries (collectively, “we”, “us” or “our”) are committed to complying with
the Conflict Minerals Rule (“the Rule”) issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( “SEC” ) under Section 1502 of the Dodd – Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. We acknowledge, and share the concern that conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries (collectively, the “Covered Countries”) may be helping finance armed conflict in these regions. In accordance with the Rule, we are working with our direct suppliers to ensure the responsible sourcing of “conflict minerals” – the ores of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold – through our global supply chains.

Berkshire is a holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in a number of diverse business activities with varying levels of complexity in their supply chains. Subsidiaries are managed on a decentralized basis. Therefore, Berkshire provides guidance to subsidiaries on their conflict minerals compliance programs and subsidiaries implement their programs independently, in a manner that is best suited to their specific industry and circumstances, but within guidelines provided by Berkshire.

Berkshire’s subsidiaries operate downstream of ore ext raction and smelting activities and do not directly source conflict minerals globally. The global supply chain for conflict minerals is complex and includes multiple tiers of activity from mines, smelters and refiners. Therefore, we are relying on information provided by our suppliers to support our responsible sourcing efforts, and for compliance with the Rule.

We expect our suppliers to respond to our conflict minerals inquiries in a timely manner and provide us with required information on the source and use of conflict minerals in the products supplied to us.

As part of our conflict minerals efforts, we engage relevant suppliers in our global supply chain, conduct due diligence activities by leveraging the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development Due Diligence Framework, and file a conflict minerals disclosure annually as required by the SEC.

Berkshire is committed to ongoing improvement of our responsible sourcing efforts and the traceability of our global supply chains.

For questions or concerns related to our conflict minerals initiatives, suppliers and other external stakeholders may contact us by mail at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 3555 Farnam Street, Suite 1440, Omaha, NE 68131.

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