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. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPLOY POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. 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 10, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 27
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"
- Steve Jobs
Corporate Social Responsibility is the way in which business consistently creates shared value in society through economic development, good governance, stakeholder responsiveness and environmental improvement.
Corporate Social Responsibility is an integrated, systemic approach by business that builds, rather than erodes or destroys, economic, social, human and natural capital.
A committed CEO is crucial to the sustainable success of an organization’s philanthropic initiatives.
A committed CEO has the ability to inspire employee participation in the corporate 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.
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It is with great pleasure that we welcome the President of EuroProperty, Craig Smith as a new member of our Foundation’s Advisory Council. The selection of Craig came quite easily for the Management Board. Craig has been a loyal supporter of all Foundation activities from the inception of the Foundation almost 10 years ago. He may be the only Foundation member to have read all of our weekly newsletters. We know, because he gives us feedback almost on a weekly basis. He has introduced a number of new members to the Foundation, visited our PromiseKids in the PromiseLand, conducted lotteries on behalf of our PromiseKids, and attended the graduation of this year’s Reagan Legacy Scholars in Simi Valley, California. We can honestly say that the Foundation is an integral part of Craig’s business and personal life, and we are delighted to have him on our Advisory Council.
Craig is the founder and publisher of several publications, associations and institutes with over 15 years experience in Central & Eastern Europe, Russia - CIS and Asia. He has extensive experience in organizing business events, conferences, moderating panel discussions on real estate, energy general business and political sectors. He has extensive experience as follows:
- Advising business owners on their operations and business development in Central Europe, Russia and Asia.
- Strategic marketing, positioning & staffing for companies entering the region
- Extensive contacts throughout Europe and Asia (mainly Hong Kong and Mainland China) in the real estate and energy sectors
His Printed Publications include: (commercial real estate) The Wire, The CEE-Russia Real Estate Guides, (general business) BizPoland Magazine, and (energy) Petroleum Club Magazine. He is the Publisher of EuropaProperty.com which provides comprehensive and up-to-date news, information and analysis of commercial real estate markets and related businesses through printed and electronic publications, including a weekly e-newsletter, and a monthly news magazine.
Thanks Craig for agreeing to serve the Foundation as a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Council.
We are happy to announce that our Cooperating Member Organization, Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce, will remember our PromiseKids at their Rijsttafel Dinner/Ball at the Warsaw Hilton on November 21st. The Chamber will sell raffle tickets to attendees for lovely prizes, and the proceeds of the auction will be contributed to our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program.
Just in case you didn’t know, Rijsttafel is a Dutch word that literally translates to "rice table." It is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from an Indonesian feast, and consists of many side dishes served in small portions.
Virginia and I enjoyed this super evening with our many Dutch friends last year, and we suspect that many of our members will be interested in attending this year’s event. See invitation below:
There’s always a holiday mood in the PromiseLand when the Farm Frites Truck arrives at our PromiseLand Kitchen. Our PromiseKids just love French fries and they eagerly await this delicacy to appear on their hot meal trays. Potatoes are a staple of the Polish diet, but French fries have just recently appeared in some of poorer regions of the country. Most of our PromiseKids have never been to McDonald’s, and those who have been lucky enough to do so, have developed a real taste for French fries.
We thank our Foundation member company Farm Frites, one of the world’s largest potato producers, for remembering our PromiseKids again with this 250 kg. delivery. Farm Frites is ranked third worldwide in the processing of potatoes. With eight factories in Europe, Egypt and Argentina, and 17 Sales Offices (including China, Guatemala, Brazil and Poland), the company employs 1,800 employees and sells its products to over 40 countries worldwide. We are pleased that they provide French fries to two of our Foundation’s largest member restaurant chains, McDonald’s and AmRest.
As a part of the Farm Frites membership agreement with our Foundation, Farm Frites helps supply French Fries to our PromiseKids in our PromiseLand schools. What a very special treat for our kids.
We thank you Farm Frites for helping make life in Poland better for so many needy kids.
Just like clockwork, the Fanex delivery truck pulled up to our PromiseKitchen door with a delivery of Fanex products for our Promisekids. What a time our staff will have preparing just the right meals for our kids using the 120 units of ketchup, 200 units of tomato concentrate, 40 units of Danish dressing, and 60 units of mayonnaise. Halina, our kitchen Director promises some very special tomato soup during the first few weeks of the school year.
This is the second year that Foundation member company Fanex has provided these valuable products to our PromiseKids, and we are very grateful. We don’t know how to thank you enough Fanex, Roman, and Piotr Kubiczek for helping our PromiseKids. You guys are the best…
Food prices in Poland are set to go up in the next few months, but not by as much as they did last year, reported Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. According to the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, prices will increase by about 2% from now until the end of 2011. Food prices had gone up 3.3% during the same period last year. Overall, the Institute estimates that food prices will be 4-5% higher this December than in December last year.
With only 1 week remaining before our Annual CEO Breakfast, this will be our last call for new reservations. We want to give our gracious host Sheraton Warsaw a full accounting of attendees by the end of this 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. Make your reservations today. The Sheraton is the place to be at 0830 on October 17th. See you there.
October 11-20th -12th Annual Polish Film Festival to be held in Hollywood, California.
October 17th – Fall CEO Breakfast hosted by the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, 0830. Last call for reservations.
February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Mark your calendars for this special event.