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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.

November 28, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 34

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
- Mark Twain

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant and Jason Clay, Senior VP of Marketing for the World Wildlife Fund recently described the World food problem. They warned of a planet where currently 30% of the land is used for food - and in the next 50 years, 24 percent of that will be gone. The falling curve of farmland will be matched by the increasing curve of population, projected to be up to 9 billion in 2050. If this is to be avoided, more will need to be produced with less. Monsanto's chief went so far as to say the definition of sustainability is "producing more with less."

But is it? Or, rather, is that a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition? Today, there's enough food to go around. As the World Food Program States "food has never before existed in such abundance… In purely quantitative terms, there is enough food available to feed the entire global population of 6.7 billion people. And yet, one in nearly seven people is going hungry."

So maybe the problem goes beyond production--to distribution and how the global food market is organized. Food insecurity is increasing worldwide, fueled by poverty. A multitude of assaults that interact and feed on each other are driving destitution. By CSRwire Contributing Writer Francesca Rheannon

THANK YOU NETHERLANDS-POLISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR HELPING FEED OUR PROMISEKIDS

We are happy to announce that our Cooperating Member Organization, Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce, raised 20,000 PLN (6,600 Hot-Meals) for our PromiseKids at their Rijsttafel Dinner/Ball that was held at the Warsaw Hilton last Monday evening, November 21st. The Chamber sold raffle tickets to attendees for lovely prizes, and the proceeds of the auction were 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.

We thank all those who helped in the planning and execution of the Dinner. We especially thank all of our Dutch Foundation Members who really worked hard to make sure the Rijsttafel was a major success.

TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY

Thursday will bring December and December will bring thoughts of Christmas. Meg and Basia assure me that the thoughts of our PromiseKids are focused on the upcoming activities and traditions of the holiday season.

We have never gone overboard with our PromiseKids at Christmas, preferring instead to emphasize the fact that we celebrate Christmas everyday with the hot-meal gifts we provide to them each school day. We do however, like to encourage our Foundation members and friends to help make an otherwise dreary Christmas holiday brighter for our needy PromiseKids. Their already dismal existence is exacerbated during the cold wintry months when they see Christmas gifts being distributed all around, but not to them. Most of our PromiseFamilies live on less than 1,000 PLN per month, and Christmas gifts for their kids are an extravagance they can ill afford.

We have been contacted by some of you wanting to send gifts to the PromiseKids this Christmas. We have decided to have a truck bearing gifts for the kids leave for the PromiseLand a couple of days before our PromiseSchools dismiss for the Holiday recess. If you and/or your company would like to help fill the “PromiseLand Christmas Express Truck” with special Christmas delights, we would like to invite you to do so.

DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE?

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.

IF YOU BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE…JOIN US… WWW.FCSR.PL

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DON’T FORGET BOXING NIGHT NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT

If you enjoy boxing and want to see the best boxers Poland has to offer, we suggest you make your reservations to attend Boxing Night at the Warsaw Hilton on December 3rd. Even if you don’t like boxing, we suggest you make your reservations so you can help support our Foundation’s Hot-Meal program. Wojak, the sponsor of the event, has offered to give our Foundation 30% of the ticket sales for tables sold for the boxing gala. Now that’s a Wow!

This prestigious event guarantees boxing at the highest international standards. Music and dance will accompany the boxing, so there will be entertainment for all to enjoy. The whole event will be transmitted by Polsat Television and can be watched on the Polsat Channel and on Polsat Sport.

For more information please contact Andrzej Wasilewski at Andrew.wasilewski@gmail.com

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 3, 2011 – Boxing Night at the Warsaw Hilton to benefit our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program

February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Make your reservations for this special event. Tables of 10, 2400 PLN.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"It's the little things you do that make the big things happen."

- Mike Dooley

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