SGS Acquires 50-Percent Interest In Bluesign®

Geneva-based SGS S.A., a global provider of certification, inspection, testing and verification
services, has acquired a 50-percent stake in bluesign technologies ag, Switzerland-based developer
of the bluesign® environmental, health and safety (EHS) standard for assessment of materials and
processes used in textile manufacturing. The third-party standard promotes the use of “Best
Available Technology” to reduce air and water emissions and resource usage, and eliminate the use
of harmful materials and practices in textile processing.

SGS will provide its global network of trained professionals to help implement the bluesign
standard in all sectors of the textile supply chain. The SGS/bluesign partnership also will
strengthen bluesign’s position as a provider of EHS expertise to the textile industry by promoting
recognition of the bluesign standard, according to bluesign.

July 29, 2008