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2 The DAK Americas Sustainability Program A responsibility to lead At DAK Americas, leadership isn t just what we do. It s who we are: a company with a proven ability to pioneer new ideas, innovations, and advancements. Not just in innovative products and processes, but in environmental initiatives as well. We believe that with leadership comes responsibility. A duty to apply our knowledge and experience toward the development of products that are environmentally friendly; maximize the reduction and re-use of internally generated waste; and generate greater awareness of the need for sustainability among our employees, customers, and the communities in which we live and work. Helping you achieve your sustainability goals All of us are stronger than any one of us. As much as we believe in sustainability as a goal, we also believe that it must be a common effort, with companies who share the same commitment and ethic of social responsibility working together to achieve it. We look forward to working with you to help make a greener and cleaner world.

3 Focused on the Future: Values in action 1 Sustainability is one of DAK Americas core values. But recognizing its importance is only a fi rst step. That s why DAK has in place a clear and comprehensive program to make sustainability a part of all we do from beginning to end, and in our facilities, communities, and in the world around us. This program has fi ve key goals: Sustainable Products At DAK, the search for sustainability goes well beyond recycling. It includes: Establishing a strategic R&D initiative to integrate post-consumer recycle (PCR) into DAK Americas product offerings including resins and fi bers. Development teams are already at work on this. Assessing the viability of biologically based raw materials and renewable energy sources. Working with customers and suppliers in support of their sustainability programs and initiatives. We have also sought and seized opportunities to join forces with others in pursuit of the same goals. For example: In partnership with Shaw Industries, we have created Clear Path Recycling, LLC a joint venture to produce Recycled PET (RPET) from post-consumer PET bottles and containers. The RPET will, in turn, be used by DAK and Shaw in their polyester-based products. When fully operational, Clear Path will recycle over 280 million pounds of PET bottles annually, conserving over one million cubic yards of landfi ll space. In addition, the energy savings will be approximately 2.5 trillion BTUs annually, which represents enough primary energy to power 18,000 American homes for a full year. We are implementing Cradle to Cradle design principles, which focus on eliminating waste by designing products that can be recycled back into feedstock materials over and over again. 2 Environmental Protection Through our efforts to safeguard the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth we live on, DAK is working to set an example of environmental stewardship. As a founding member of The Climate Registry, a non-profi t organization established to measure and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, DAK has voluntarily committed to annually measure, independently verify, and publicly report GHG emissions according to The Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol. Our environmental initiatives are inspired by the Cradle to Cradle design framework. Cradle to Cradle Certifi cation by MBDC* is a rigorous and comprehensive certifi cation process that evaluates products and materials for human health, environmental health and recyclability. The Wildlife Management Program at our Cape Fear Site, near Wilmington, NC has been awarded certifi cation by the Wildlife Habitat Council SM. In spite of growing our US manufacturing capacity by more than 400% between 2001 and 2008, our total federally reported emissions decreased by over 15% and over 12% reductions in air emissions. Emissions Emissions Reduction Total Air *Cradle to Cradle Certifi ers McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle and C2C are registered trademarks of MBDC

4 The DAK Americas Susta 3 4 Improving Recycling and Waste Management Our objective is clear: achieve a zero landfi ll policy by It s an ambitious target, but we can already see progress. In 2009, we reduced waste going to landfi ll by 10%, and expect to see an additional 10% reduction by the end of We have already implemented a detailed Corporate Recycling program for nearly 50 different materials that would otherwise have been sent to landfi ll. Some examples include: Asphalt & Broken Concrete Batteries Cardboard Computer Waste Diesel Fuel Empty Drums & Totes Energy Reduction Fluorescent Bulbs Fibers Operational Waste Plastic Bottles & Straps Polymers Processed Waste Water Wooden Pallets Using energy more effi ciently and responsibly is a goal that makes both good environmental sense and good business sense. It s one of our highest priorities, and our efforts are already yielding signifi cant results. Since 2006, we have reduced energy use by at least 17%. By the end of 2010, we expect to achieve a further reduction of 2-3%, with further decreases in future years. We began projects to identify and develop alternative energy sources including renewable energy sources and conversion to give the option to burn cleaner, more effi cient and environmentally friendly fuels also saw the completion of 17 major energy projects at our various facilities, such as steam reductions; water fl ow reductions; elimination of unnecessary or redundant transport of raw materials; condensate header repair; and more. The chart below shows the progress made in just three years: Energy Reduction Energy Goal Year-to-Date

5 inability Program 5 Social Responsibility To be truly meaningful, a commitment to sustainability cannot end at the plant gate. It must encompass the larger communities in which we operate, and enlist the support of the people who live and work in them. At DAK, we strive to be socially responsible in many ways: All US sites participate in annual Earth Day and community involvement activities (e.g., United Way, food drives, medical equipment donations, Adopt A Highway SM ). Sustainability training that engage employees and programs that teach employees how to integrate sustainability into their daily routines. Active involvement in trade organizations that support sustainability: American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) PET Resin Association (PETRA SM ) Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA ) Not only do we take great efforts to protect the environment and the communities we participate in, we take the health and safety of our employees as a top priority with world class safety programs and goals that not only top the industries we operate in, but many other industries. Corporate-wide, DAK has had record safety years (2 out of the last 3 years). DAK s Total Recordable Injury Ratings are generally below 0.8, which is an excellent performance rating. DAK s safety record is in the top 50% of Chemical Industry Companies having the best safety ratings.

6 To learn more about the DAK Americas Sustainability Program, please call or visit us online. In the United States: DAK Americas LLC Corporate Headquarters 5925 Carnegie Blvd. Suite 500 Charlotte, NC In México: In Argentina: DAK Americas México Vasco de Quiroga #3900, Torre A, Piso 2 Oficina 202 Col. Lomas de Santa Fe, C.P , México, D.F DAK Americas Argentina, S. A. Av. Del Libertador Piso 4 (B1638BEG) Vicente López Pcia. Buenos Aires, Argentina (VDAK) Tel: 54 (11) DAPL DAK Americas. All Rights Reserved.

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