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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 5 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.

April 9, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 13

"Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity."
-- Reed Markham

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For many, the motivation to ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a safe and healthy world is a major factor in how they perceive corporate social responsibility. CSRwire 4/6/12

COLGATE PALMOLIVE NEVER FORGETS OUR PROMISEKIDS

It’s just like clockwork! We never have to remind CEO Wojciech Krol or Colgate-Palmolive that our PromiseKids need new tooth brushes, toothpaste and soap. Twice a year, the Colgate Palmolive Truck rolls up in front of our PromiseKitchen with a huge supply of personal care items to distribute to the PromiseKids and their families.

Well, Jenny and clothing/shoe drive coordinator Maria Bonito, wife of Makro Board Member Jose Bonito, got right on top of it, and I am happy to announce that the British School’s clothing/shoe drive just completed its third week of collections. (see photo below).

It is true that Wojciech is a member of our Foundation’s Advisory Council, and that Colgate Palmolive was one of our first Foundation members, but I want to remind all of our readers just what they do for our PromiseKids in addition to their financial support. The photos above show our own Basia and Meg helping unload 4 Euro Pallets of shampoos, toothpaste, liquid soaps, and kitchen cleaning liquids. I love the smiles on the faces of the kids below as they show off their new treasures.

Thanks Wojciech and thank you Colgate Palmolive.

POLAND’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS UNACCEPTABLE AT 13.5%, BUT OUR PROMISELAND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EXCEEDS 50%

The initial estimates regarding the unemployment rate in Poland, published in the beginning of March by the Ministry of Labor, turned out to be correct. According to the latest data from the Central Statistical Office (GUS), registered unemployment crept up to 13.5% in February, up 0.3 percentage points over the previous month.

This means that more than 2.16 million Poles have registered as being without a job. The rate of unemployment in our Promiseland (Zachodniopomorskie Region) was second highest in Poland at 18.8%, however this figure is misleading. The Powiats (counties) Lobeski and Bialogradzki located closest to our PromiseLand Powiats had unemployment rates of 30.7% and 29.6 respectively. Our PromiseLand Powiats of Swidwin and Drawski, although not measured separately, are estimated to have unemployment rates in access of 50%.

No wonder our PromiseKids are so hungry and our support of our hot-meal program is so necessary.

MORE ABOUT POLAND’S EMPLOYMENT SATISFACTION

A great majority of Poles (90%) mull changing their jobs, according to a quarterly report by the employment agency Randstad Research Institute, which surveyed Poles and 31 other nations in January and February.

One fifth of Poles changed their job in the last six months, the report showed.

Poland remains a leader among surveyed countries in terms of labor market sentiment, since 74% of Poles believe they would be able to find another post within six months if they were dismissed, while 28% expect layoffs in the near future.

POLISH SIXTH GRADE PUPILS ARE TESTED

More than 360, 000 sixth-grade pupils in more than 12,000 primary schools all over Poland took their end of school examination on Tuesday.

An external standardized test upon completing primary school was introduced in Poland in 2002. Results of this test appear on the primary school graduation certificate which is required for admission to the lower secondary general school (gimnazjum).

The aim of the test is to check how much knowledge and competence the students have acquired in the four basic skills tested: reading comprehension, writing, data processing, and application of knowledge.

POLES SPEND ZL.12 BILLION ON EASTER

Easter is far behind Christmas when it comes to consumer’s appetite for spending money. However, it is still an extremely important period from the business point of view. According to Rzeczpospolita, this year's Easter expenditures should reach approximately zł.12 billion.

Around 60% of Poles claim they will spend the same amount of money as they did last year. Every fourth person wants to spend a bit less, while only 16% say they will spend more. The majority of Poles might eventually need to spend more whether they like or not, though. Prices of meat and dairy have increased significantly since last year. Poles might also find fewer eggs on their Easter table this year since egg prices have rocketed by almost 100% in the last 12 months.

All these expenses can fortunately be offset by little extra bonuses at work as 31% of companies plan to provide their employees with some extra cash or gifts before the Easter holiday. And that’s a 60% increase compared to last year.

POLES ABROAD SEND LESS MONEY HOME

Poles living and working abroad are transferring less and less money back to Poland, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna writes, citing historical current account data from the central banks NBP. PLN 17 billion in 2011 is down PLN 3 billion from 2007.

EASTER DINNER WILL COST MORE THIS YEAR

Poles will spend 4-15percent more on the grocery shopping for the Easter holiday, but food prices will likely grow at a slower pace in 2012 than in 2011, economists say.

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

We are frequently approached by individuals who would like to help support our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program. Our Dollar A Day program may be just what you have been looking for.

We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 14-May 4th, 2012 – British School Clothing/Shoe Collection for the PromiseKids

April 30-May 14th, 2012 - You can dance in the PromiseLand competition

June 18, 2012 – Completion of the 2011-2012 Interactive English Program “Dreams Come True”

June 29, 2012 – The end of the school year

August 10-12, 2012 – InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw

September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted by the InterContinental Hotel

February, 2013 – Ninth Annual Dinner Dance

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing."

-- Rene Descartes

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