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 (60,000 PER MONTH) 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
February 28, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 5
“I come from a world in a hurry, because hunger cannot wait.”
- Oscar Arias Sanchez
Nobel Peace Prize, 1987
While most of us have been focused on the events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Libya this week, many may have missed the headlines that global food prices have hit “dangerously high levels.” According to a World Bank report, these prices could contribute to more political instability around the world, and push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries. The report said global food prices have jumped 39% in the past year, and are just 3% below the peak in 2008.
Rising prices have hit people hardest in the developing world because they spend as much as half of their income on food. The World Bank estimates higher prices for corn, wheat and oil have pushed 44 million people into extreme Poverty since June. A startling change is unfolding in the world’s food markets. Soaring fuel prices have altered the equation for growing food and transporting it across the globe. Huge demand for biofuels has created tensions between using land to produce fuel and using it for food.
For most of us, a rise in the price of food is just an inconvenience. But in many areas of the world, including our PromiseLand, even a relatively small rise in the price of food can mean that the survival of millions is suddenly threatened and more food riots are a reality.
In fact, there are some signs that economic unrest is already beginning to spread. Just consider the following five facts...
The cost to operate the PromiseLand Kitchen is increasing monthly. Our kitchen must also absorb a share of the 39% increase in food prices experienced worldwide this past year. To make matter worse, our PromiseFamilies spend up to 70% of their meager monthly incomes on food for their families. Their money buys much less now than it did a year ago. Our PromiseKids are getting less and less to eat at home and are ravenous when they get to school each morning. Our 3000 poor hungry PromiseKids need our help more than ever, and they need it today!
Now, that was a long-winded way of telling our Foundation Members that we need their help in meeting the food crisis; we want to insure that our kids never miss a meal. We count on membership dues from our member companies to feed our kids. We use all of this money for the Hot-Meal Program. This means that we need to increase our membership base in order to meet the challenges facing us in the next few weeks, months and years. The food crisis is real and I never want to be put in the position telling some or all of these super kids that our Foundation can no longer feed them.
I commend and thank a few of our member companies who do a herculean job in supporting our Hot-Meal Program. We couldn’t feed 60,000 hot-meals each month is it wasn’t for the 2 million zl. we have received from KFC’s 1% of profits campaign. The 120,000 zl. we receive each year from Cargill keeps our kids nourished with fresh milk, and the two fundraising campaigns conducted each year by Makro Cash & Carry lift my load greatly. Quietly, everyday, BMW maintains a fundraising effort for their customers in all their dealerships.
I don’t ask, nor do I expect such epic efforts from all of you. I do ask for your help in attracting new member companies to our Foundation. Over the past eight years, I have never had to appeal to our membership for help. Well, putting all pride aside, I am doing so now. I ask that you do three things for me:
This is not so much to ask when hungry kids are on the line. I promise that I will follow-up personally with each invited guest and we will do our very best to make the breakfast one they will never forget. It is the right thing to do!
During my business days, I don’t think there was ever a time that I didn’t have a list of 6-10 business associates that I could call personally and say “come and join,” and know full-well that they would comply with my wishes. I trust that all of our members have such a list to call for the March 25th breakfast.
March 25, 2011 - Spring CEO Breakfast – We thank Christian Henkemeier and the InterContinental Hotel for once again hosting our Foundation’s CEO Breakfast meeting in the Hotel’s Grand Ballroom at 0830 on March 25th. This is one of the most popular events of our Foundation’s year and we would like to have all member CEOs bring a potential Foundation member to the event. You can be sure that you will be served the best breakfast in town by the best hotel staff in town. Please respond with your reservations by return email. Look forward to seeing you on March 25th.
March 7-11th – 25 Cargill “Transition into Leadership” trainees to visit our Foundation’s PromiseLand and leave a lasting impression on our PromiseKids
May 20th – Warsaw Sheraton Hotel, “Life is better when shared,” Arts weekend for 25 PromiseKids. More to come...
May 20th – Warsaw Westin Hotel – Sports weekend for 25 PromiseKids. More to come...
August 2-13, 2011 - The Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Liberty Education Tour in California. We will select two PromiseKids to attend.