Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Established

As a continuation of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 (IYNF 2009) initiative —
declared last year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations General Assembly,
to raise awareness of natural fibers — the IYNF 2009 steering committee’s member organizations
have decided to extend the cooperation and projects among all relevant natural fibers organizations
as a permanent ongoing project.

The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) is an alliance of leading international natural
fiber associations and organizations including the Cotton Council International and the
International Cotton Advisory Committee, both based in Washington; the Germany-based Bremen Cotton
Exchange; the Switzerland-based International Textile Manufacturers Federation; and the
Brussels-based International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), among other organizations.

The DNFI’s Secretariat will rotate annually to one of the alliance organizations. Henrik
Kuffner, director general of IWTO, has been nominated committee chairman for 2010.

February 16, 2010