THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CEOs ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE FED OVER 4 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
January 31, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 2
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
- Charles R. Swindoll
WE WELCOME NEW FOUNDATION MEMBER COMPANY AIR FRANCE
For the fourth year in a row, it is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome members and friends of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility to the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center on the occasion of the Foundation’s 7th Annual Dinner Dance. Festivities get underway in our Grand Ballroom on February 14th at 18:30 and you can be sure that I will be there to greet each and every one of you.
It is no secret here at the Hilton that the Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance is one of our favorite events of the year. Our administrators and staff look forward to the day when the PromiseLand bus pulls into our Hotel’s driveway with its very special cargo of 50 enthusiastic PromiseKids. I especially love the look of surprise and wonderment on their faces as they pass through our revolving front door and capture for the first time the splendor and grandeur of the Hilton’s celebrated chandelier and elegant lobby. I wouldn’t miss it for anything! The fact that this year’s dinner dance falls on Valentines Day didn’t go un-noticed by the Foundation’s planning team. “Can you feel the love tonight” is this year’s theme, and love is what the Dinner Dance is all about. Love will be in the air from the time you arrive until the time the “Best Band in the Land” 36.6 plays Goodnight Sweetheart at 23:00. Sven, our Executive Chef, has planned what we think is the most exquisite menu ever served to a sit-down dinner party for more than 630 guests. How does this sound to you?
Swordfish and salmon Carpaccio served with avocado and a pink pepper vinaigrette.
Braised beef with a thyme and red wine essence, served with green asparagus and a turnip and mustard puree.
Dark chocolate fondant accompanied by passion fruit and mango sorbet and strawberry sauce.
We look forward to hosting you on this very special evening for a celebration of love! See you then... Remco
"Hilton GM Remco Norden with PromiseKids at 2010 Dinner Dance"
We are delighted that Cargill International has chosen to bring 25 of its “Transition into Leadership” trainees to our Foundation’s PromiseLand in March for a special training exercise. What an incredible honor this is for our Foundation to work so closely with these future leaders of Cargill. We are proud to have the full support and backing of Cargill, with its rich agricultural history dating back to W. W. Cargill’s first grain storage facility on the American Frontier in 1865. The company has grown to become one of the largest, privately owned businesses, providing food, agricultural products, and services around the globe. Cargill employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill provides 120,000 PLN to our Foundation each year for our Fresh milk program for 3,000 PromiseKids. Now I ask you, what could be better than this?
Annie Van Espen from Belgium, and David Lock from London visited Poland in early January and spent 2 days with our Meg and Basia in the PromiseLand planning a very special “Transition into Leadership” field exercise which will take place in some of our PromiseLand schools from March 7-11th. (See photo below).
"Cargill's Annie Van Espen & David Lock plan PromiseLand Training at Nowo Worowo PromiseLand School."
The focus of the Leadership exercise for the Foundation is to improve the condition of selected PromiseLand schools. The exact nature of the program will remain a secret from the 25 Cargill Trainees until they physically arrive in the PromiseLand in March. They will then be expected to take on all of the challenges of the project and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in the process. Knowing Cargill as I do, I expect our PromiseSchools and our PromiseKids will be greatly enriched by this Cargill leadership experience. Initially trainees will be given some ‘classroom’ instruction on the subject of high-level leadership, and then put into situations that will challenge their abilities to come together as a team and complete a project of significant value to the community and to Cargill. Cargill’s focus is on projects that meet the basic needs of the communities in which they serve. Cargill Country Manager for Poland, Roger Watchorn, intends to have his entire local management team from one of his business units participate along with the visiting leadership trainees. Ten of his top Polish managers will act as volunteer laborers for the trainee group for the entire week of the project. Roger wants to give them an ‘up close and personal’ view of the work that the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility and Cargill are doing in this region. We will keep you posted as this incredible project materializes. Thank you Roger for recommending our Foundation for this high honor.
The Ministry of Education is making it mandatory for all children to begin their elementary education at age six starting in 2012. This spring, parents of some 360,000 six-year-olds across the country will for the last time be able to decide whether to send their kids to grade one in September, or to wait another year. Although I applaud this action, we wonder how the Polish schools will be able to accommodate as many as 700,000 new students who will start classes in September 2012. If current statistical projections are correct, Poland will unload some 200,000 poor and needy children into their already stressed schools. This could mean that our Foundation’s Hot-meal a day program would have to expand to feed an additional 10,000 more hungry kids each school day. Our work will be cut out for us to increase our daily budget by 30,000 PLN.
February 14, 2011 - Foundation 7th Annual Dinner Dance and Valentines Party, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". Warsaw Hilton Hotel. SOLD OUT Stand-by reservations being accepted at 605 99 1716.
March 25, 2011 - Spring CEO Breakfast – Hosted by the InterContinental Hotel Warsaw. Reservations now being accepted.
March 7-11th – 25 Senior Cargill Leaders from all over the world will visit the PromiseLand and take part in an incredible renovation project for some of our PromiseLand Schools. More about the program in our next few newsletters.