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 EMPOWER 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 24, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 29
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
-- Albert Einstein
Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters rallied in New York's Times Square this past weekend, buoyed by a global day of demonstrations in support of their month long campaign against corporate greed.
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests started in Asia and rippled through Europe, back to the United States and Canada. Protesters fed up with economic inequality took to the streets in cities from Washington, Boston and Chicago to Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto. The protesters chanted, "We got sold out, banks got bailed out" and "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street."
American protesters are angry that U.S. banks are enjoying booming profits after getting government bailouts in 2008, while many people are struggling in a difficult economy with more than 9 percent unemployment and little help from Washington.
"I am going to start my life as an adult in debt and that's not fair," one student told Reuters Television. "Millions of teenagers around the world are going to start their futures in debt, while all of these corporations are getting money fed to them all the time and none of us can get any."
It was much different here in Warsaw on Monday morning. Seventy of our Foundation’s CEOs, some of the most powerful business leaders in Poland, began their week with a breakfast meeting focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, and on what they could do in this one small spot on the globe to make life better for some of Poland’s most needy children.
If we can learn one thing from the Age of Greed, it is that we, as businessmen and women have immense power to make change happen on a monumental scale, and with lightning speed. Greed has proven to be a high octane fuel in the rocket engine of globalization. But ultimately, it was an economic missile without a moral guidance system. I am under no illusions that the Age of Responsibility will vanquish greed. No doubt, the selfish gene will continue to spark our evolution. And yet, if we are successful, the Age of Responsibility will provide capitalism with that much-needed moral compass and transformative CSR will provide business with a mission-critical social purpose.
See photos of the breakfast below:
November 21st – Dutch Chamber Rijsttafel Dinner/Ball at the Warsaw Hilton to benefit our PromiseKids.
February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Make your reservations for this special event. Tables of 10, 2,400 PLN. One-third of tables have already been reserved.