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Petitioning Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Furniture Mart Irv Blumkin (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Furniture Mart) and 13 others

Tell Warren Buffett: Invest In Safe Furniture & Flooring

Doctors and scientists around the world are sounding the alarm about the health dangers of toxic chemicals found in everyday products in our homes - referring to the problem as a “silent epidemic.”  Pregnant women exposed to toxic chemicals like flame retardants and phthalates may suffer an increased risk of cancer, brain damage, reproductive harm and loss of intelligence in their babies.

As one of the world’s richest people and one of America’s biggest investors in furniture and flooring retailers, Warren Buffett has the power to help stop the spread of these unnecessary and harmful chemicals that are getting into our homes. Sign this petition to ask Warren Buffett and his company Berkshire Hathaway to join other top retailers and invest in safe furniture and flooring.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns companies that are among the biggest retailers of furniture and flooring nationwide.  These include the newest Nebraska Furniture Mart store in Texas that is expected to be the highest-volume furniture store in the U.S., with a projected billion dollars in sales in one year alone.

In 2012, Warren Buffet said, “taking shortcuts is not the pathway to achieving sustainable competitive advantage, nor is it an avenue toward satisfying customers.  A company must invest in the key ingredients of profitability: its people, communities and the environment.”  Warren Buffett has noted sustainability is integral to a company’s profitability – yet his retailers are lagging behind competitors when it comes to addressing toxic chemicals in furniture & flooring– clearly not the Buffett way. IKEA, Macy’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and Lumber Liquidators are phasing out these same chemicals from furniture and/or flooring, so when will Warren Buffett catch up and do the same?

While not all furniture and flooring contains toxic chemicals, we are asking Berkshire Hathaway’s retailers to work with their suppliers to completely phase out these unnecessary and dangerous chemicals.  

We know safer and cost effective alternatives to the toxic chemicals found in furniture and flooring are widely available. Warren Buffett has a responsibility to give consumers safe products, and getting rid of toxic chemicals is good for the environment, consumers’ health, and business.

Stand with the Mind the Store campaign and tell Warren Buffet to be a sustainability leader and invest in safe furniture and flooring.

Send a message to Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffett and its retailers today!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Furniture Mart
    Irv Blumkin (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Furniture Mart)
  • Director of Furniture and Flooring, Nebraska Furniture Mart
    Steve Riley (Director of Furniture and Flooring, Nebraska Furniture Mart)
  • Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
    Warren Buffett
  • Chief Executive Officer, RC Willey Home Furnishings
    Scott Hymas
  • Chief Executive Officer, Star Furniture
    Bill Kimbrell
  • Chief Executive Officer and President, Jordan’s Furniture
    Eliot Tatelman
  • President and CEO, CORT Furniture
    Jeff Pederson
  • Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway
    Marc Hamburg
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Director of Marketing, Nebraska Furniture Mart
    Mark Hamilton
  • President, Chief Operating Officer, Nebraska Furniture Mart
    Rob Blumkin
  • RC Willey Home Furnishings
  • CORT Furniture
  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc.


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