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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 16, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 14

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."
-- Jonathan Kozol

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In recent years, the concept of CSR as a profession has sparked lively debate, with opinions running the gamut from those who don't believe CSR is a skill to those fully committed to the concept of a teachable curriculum. CSRwire 4/9/12

DISCOVERY, THINKING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Thinking out of the boxHaving worked closely with scholars, politicians, humanitarians and corporate CEOs over the years, I am convinced that true leaders are discoverers. They see the same things that everyone else sees, but they have the unique ability to think something entirely different. The older I get, the more I agree with Albert Szent-Gyorgyi’s quote "Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else does and thinking something different." Szent-Gvorgvi was a Hungarian physiologist, WWII resistance leader, and politician who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1937.

Discovery leads to innovation, new product development, new marketing techniques, increased sales and a fatter bottom line. If this were not the case, why did Apple Computer stock drop 30% when CEO Steve Jobs announced that he had cancer? Jobs had the ability to think something different.

As we approach the end of the school year, I am once again impressed with the leadership skills of so many of our Foundation’s CEOs. They see the same depressed economic conditions and reduced revenues, as every other CEO in their sector, but they see something different. They are truly discoverers. They have discovered that giving back to society is a valuable part of modern business in the worse of times as well as the best of times. They know that poor children get hungry everyday, not just during good economic times.

During a year when philanthropic and charitable giving is significantly down worldwide, our Discovery CEOs have continued to support our PromiseKids as before, and some have increased their contributions to our Foundation. They have discovered that it is a good thing to do because it is the right thing to do.

BRITISH SCHOOL CLOTHING/SHOE DRIVE COMING TO AN END MAY 4TH

With spring in the air in Poland, what better time could there be for our foundation’s members and friends to pack up their best used and unused clothing and shoes for the British School’s clothing/shoe drive for our PromiseKds? All items can be delivered to the British School today for delivery to the PromiseLand on May 4th. The students at the British school are helping wash the clothes and polish the shoes, so that all donations are nice and clean for our PromiseKids and their families.

Transportation of the collected clothing and shoes will be provided by Piotr Piekarowicz, CEO of member company Move One Relocations. He agreed to provide packing boxes and to transport the proceeds of the clothing/shoe drive to our PromiseLand at the conclusion of the clothing drive on May 4th. Thanks so much Piotr and Move One!

The vision of the British School is to provide a high quality British education in an international context for children aged 2-18 years old. Their commitment is to create and maintain a safe, happy and child-centered environment in which children are inspired to become purposeful life long learners.

For more information about the clothing/shoe drive, please call British School PTA Chairperson Jenny Norden at jenny_remco@yahoo.com, or contact Natalie Marciniak at the Foundation office at FCSR@chasey.ipgate.pl

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.

FOOD PRICES ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO OUR HOT-MEAL PROGRAM

Winter grains losses caused by frost are estimated to cover some 1.4 million hectares, Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki told a press conference on Thursday.

However, it will not radically influence food prices, according to the minister.

He estimated annual food-price growth of up to 5 percent. "I want to reassure customers that 25 percent winter grains loss is not a tragedy on a European or global scale," Sawicki said.

STILL NEED MORE POLISH/ENGLISH DICTIONARIES FOR OUR DREAMS COME TRUE INTERACTIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

As we approach the end of the school year, we are making plans to reward the students in our “Dreams Come True” interactive English language program. We would like to give each of our PromiseKids taking part in the program with a prize for successfully completing the year-long program.

Just to remind our readers, we have 250 PromiseKids taking part in our English training program this year. The program provides interactive training for elementary and middle school kids in our 13 PromiseLand schools. Since the program is not a part of the Polish public school curriculum, our PromiseKids must fit the English program into their before and after school hours. The kids love the program and we are very proud of their accomplishments.

Here is how you can help… We would like to give each of the 250 PromiseKid in the program a Polish/English Dictionary at graduation on June 18th. Please let us know if you would like to help fund these awards at zl. 50 ($17.00) per dictionary. See PayPal below for U.S. dollars. If you would like to help more, we will also be giving special awards to the following students:

1st place for beginner level elementary school
1st place for pre-Intermediate level elementary school
1st place for beginner level gymnasium
1st place for pre-Intermediate level for gymnasium

Please contact Natalie (605 99 1716) if you would like to make a contribution for these super kids. You may want to use the PayPal link below.

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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