THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS 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.
October 3, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 26
"We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."
-- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
It is with great pleasure that we announce that one of Poland’s most successful real estate investment companies, Integrated Finance Group (IFG), has become a new member of our Foundation. We will welcome Integrated Finance to the Foundation and present our Gold Seal of Approval as a Socially Responsible Company to IFG Owner and President George Mula at our Fall CEO Breakfast on October 17th at the Warsaw Sheraton Hotel.
Integrated Finance Group (“IFG”) is an independent real estate investment company dedicated primarily to the Polish marketplace. It is wholly owned by George Mula who has been active in Poland for over 20 years.
IFG invests in all sectors of the real estate market. IFG investments have included the first institutional office investment located outside the Polish Capital of Warsaw, and a retail repositioning and residential project in Southern Poland.
By far the largest volume of investment has been through a long term partnership with Europa Capital LLP with successful investments such as the Hotel Jan III Sobieski, City Point, the largest logistics center in metropolitan Warsaw; Eagle, a Retail investment platform and MT Development a Residential Developer in Warsaw.
Most recently IFG has formed a joint venture with Blackstone and has begun to buy shopping centers throughout Poland. The Joint Venture is about to announce a new brand called "King's Street Retail," which has already completed three deals, with a value of Euro 300 million. It is anticipated that the value should increase to half a billion euro by the end of the year. It is likely that King Street Retail will become one of the largest owners of retail real estate in Poland, or perhaps the entire Region. This would make King Street Retail one of the most significant employers in the region, and provide numerous communities with shopping and entertainment opportunities locally.
George Mula has been a friend and supporter of our Foundation for many years, and we are delighted to welcome him as a new Foundation member.
We focus on CEOs because we believe that a committed CEO is crucial to the sustainable success of an organization’s philanthropic initiatives.
The CEO has the ability to inspire employee participation in the giving program, and by leading the company’s efforts, the CEO greatly enhances an organization’s credibility to customers and other stakeholders — strengthening public trust and the authenticity of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
We are honored that the renowned actor and director Andrzej Seweryn has accepted our invitation to receive our Foundation’s Gold Seal of Approval as a Socially Responsible Company on behalf of our new Cooperating Organization, the Polish American Film Society.
Actor, director, and pedagogue, Mr. Seweryn was born on April 25, 1946 in Heilbronn, Germany. He graduated from the State Academy of Theatre in Warsaw and had his stage debut in 1968 in Warsaw's Ateneum Theater. From 1968 to 1980 he was an actor in Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw. In the late 70's he left for France, where he acted at the Odeon and Clurilltit Theaters in Paris and the TNP in Lyons, and became a star and the board member of the prestigious Comedie Francaise in Paris as well as Professor in the School of Drama. In the Comedie Francaise he played Monsieur Jourdain in The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere, President in Kabale und Liebe by Schiller, the eponymous Don Juan by Moliere, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Eugene O'Neill in the Embrasser les hombres by Lars Noren. His first big film role was in Album Polski dir. Jan Rybkowski (1970). He has appeared in over 40 films and 30 stage productions. He has worked with Andrzej. Wajda, A. Zulawski, Steven Spielberg and Agnieszka Holland.
Recipient of prestigious awards, including the French Order of Fine Arts and Humanities (1994), the Witkacy Award of International Theatre Institute (1996), Award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (1997) and French Orde National du Merite (1999). Among his film awards are: Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in The Orchestra Conductor dir. Andrzej Wajda (1980), Special Award of the Chairman of Polish TV at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia for his role in THE CARDINAL Three Years of the Thousand (2000), Wings Award for life achievement in the art of film at the Polish Film Festival in America - Chicago (2000).
With only 2 weeks remaining before our Annual CEO Breakfast, we suggest you make your reservations now. We want to give our gracious host Sheraton Warsaw a full accounting of attendees by the end of the week. We have many exciting programs to discuss and want to make you all aware of our plans for the balance of the school year.
And there will be plenty of time to greet old friends and welcome new members during the morning breakfast event. The Sheraton staff has gone out of its way to make sure that you will experience a delightful breakfast and will provide a venue unmatched in Poland.
Start your week with a warm place in your heart, knowing that you are helping so many needy children in Poland. Please make your reservations today. The Sheraton is the place to be at 0830 on October 17th. See you there.
October 1st – Kick off of "Small Change – Big Difference" Campaign at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel.
October 1st – English Training Program begins for 250 PromiseKids.
October 11-20th -12th Annual Polish Film Festival to be held in Hollywood.
October 17th – Fall CEO Breakfast hosted by the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, 0830. Please make reservations now.
February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Mark your calendars for this special event.