2003 Committee Charter : USG

Charter of the Corporate Affairs Committee

Corporate Authorization and Purpose
The Corporate Affairs Committee is one of the six standing committees of the Board of Directors specified under Article IV, Section 1 of the Corporation's by-laws. The by-laws provide that such Committee shall review and recommend policies and programs, which are important in maintaining a sound position with those various publics, whose understanding and goodwill are necessary to the corporation's success. The Committee shall report periodically to the Board of Directors on the Corporation's activities in fulfilling its social responsibilities and complying with public policy, including environmental compliance, employee safety and occupational health, equal employment opportunity, product safety, corporate contributions, and the relationship of the corporation to the communities in which it operates.

Organization
The Corporate Affairs Committee of the Corporation shall consist of at least three directors, all of whom shall be independent as such term is defined by the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Committee may form one or more subcommittees, each of which may take such actions as may be specified by the Committee.

Responsibilities and Duties
As its responsibilities and duties, the Committee shall:
Review and recommend policies and programs, which are important in creating and maintaining a sound position with those various publics and stakeholders whose understanding and goodwill are necessary to the Corporation's success.


Report periodically to the Board on the Corporation's activities in fulfilling its social responsibilities and complying with public policy, including environmental compliance, employee safety and occupational health, equal employment opportunity, product safety, corporate contributions, and the relationship of the Corporation to the communities in which it operates.


Review as necessary special topics such as business continuity planning, diversity programs and other items of significant interest.


Review
Perform an annual evaluation of the Committee's performance, as administered by the Governance Committee.