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
March 28, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 9
"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
-- Albert Einstein
ANNUAL SPRING BREAKFAST
FCSR SPRING BREAKFAST
MARCH 25, 2011
A warm welcome to our members and guests, and a special thanks to Christian Henkemeier and his super staff of the InterContinental Hotel for hosting our Spring Breakfast. We are very pleased that 70 of you found time to join us this morning.
Our emphasis today will be on “Team Building with a Purpose.” Although this is the year of Volunteerism in Poland, I will only mention volunteerism in passing. Volunteerism is a part of CSR as we all know. We support it wholeheartedly, as long as it is combined with the much needed financial support required for us to feed 3000 PromiseKids in 15 PromiseLand Schools. I recently spoke to the President of a large bank about joining our Foundation. As we all know, our annual dues is only 12,000 PLN per year. He said that they don’t donate money to worthy causes, but they do encourage their employees to volunteer. Sorry to say my friends, volunteerism doesn’t put food on the table especially during a time of a world-wide food crisis.
Here is an update of how the world-wide food crisis is affecting Poland and our Foundation’s Hot-Meal-Program:
The World Bank reports that global food prices have hit “dangerously high levels.” This crisis will contribute to more political instability around the world and push millions of people into poverty. Global food prices have jumped 39% in the past year.
Rising food prices hit the poorest people hardest. The World Bank estimates that higher prices of corn, wheat and oil have pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty over the past 10 months.
Soaring fuel prices have altered the equation from growing food and transporting it across the globe. The huge demand for biofuels has created tensions between using land to produce fuel and using it for food.
The Ministry of Education in Poland has closed 3,000 public schools. There is a reduction in the number of students, but the amount of Federal support has shrunk at an alarming rate.
Driven by rising wheat prices, the price of bread, buns and other baked goods is expected to suffer a steep jump, and could be as much as 20% in Poland over the next few months.
During the last month, retail prices of sugar have risen by 100 percent from 3 to 6 PLN. In Polish stores, sugar is now considerably more expensive than in other EU countries.
The next few months will bring increases in the prices of water, soft drinks, milk, yogurts, oil and other similar products. One of the main reasons is the rocketing cost of plastic PET containers. They have become 60% more expensive in the past 12 months.
The cost to operate our 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 matters 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.
Now, that was a long-winded way of telling you that we need your help in meeting the food crisis, and we don’t want any of our PromiseKids missing a single meal. We fund our hot meal program from membership dues, and the generous additional support of KFC, Cargill, Makro Cash & Carry and BMW. If we are to increase the money going into our Hot-Meal program, we must increase the number of our member companies. We need your help!
April 21- Advisory Council Meeting, Warsaw Marriott Hotel at 0830. Thanks GM Albert Helms and Marriott for hosting this important event.
July 1-3- InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw. The top scholar from each of our 15 schools will be the guest of the InterContinental Hotel.
August 2-13, 2011 - The Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Liberty Education Tour in California. We will select two PromiseKids to attend.