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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 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.

May 28, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 20

"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."
-- John Lennon

CSR FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“My advice: include corporate social entrepreneurship at the heart of your employee CSR engagement strategy. By doing so, you will create the right environment for innovative thinkers to come up with ideas that challenge the conventional attitudes and processes. Enabling such an environment will eventually lead to higher levels of innovation, productivity, financial reward and value for society at large.”

Sue Riddlestone,
Executive Director and Co-Founder of BioRegional.

FOUNDATION ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to announce that our Foundation’s Advisory Council will meet on October 2, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel. We ask that our 15 Council members mark their calendars for this quarterly meeting. While we are at it, we thought that we would remind our members of those who serve on this prestigious Council. We are very proud to have such a distinguished Council representing our member companies:

  • Żaneta Berus

    Żaneta Berus

    Managing Director - Warszawskie Centrum Expo XXI

  • Drew O’Malley

    Drew O’Malley

    President of Amrest Central Europe

  • Marta Waś

    Marta Waś

    Managing Director – PRIMO POLSKA S.A.

  • Michal Mlynarczyk

    Michal Mlynarczyk

    Managing Director of Hays Poland

  • Jacek J. Szugajew

    Jacek J. Szugajew

    President of Rabobank Polska

  • Piotr Gajewski

    Piotr Gajewski

    President - discipl!ne Media Group

  • Jeroen van der Toolen

    Jeroen van der Toolen

    Managing Director of Ghelamco Poland

  • Juliusz Klosowski

    Juliusz Klosowski

    General Director of the Warsaw Voice SA

  • Wojciech Krol

    Wojciech Krol

    Vice President and General Manager for Poland and the Baltics of Colgate-Palmolive

  • Christian Henkemeier

    Christian Henkemeier

    General Manager of InterContinental Hotel

  • Olgierd Danielewicz

    Olgierd Danielewicz

    Brand President of KFC

  • Brian Burrough

    Brian Burrough

    Partner of TKG Polska

  • Eric Van Vliet

    Eric Van Vliet

    CEO of Athlon Car Lease Polska

  • Marcin Klammer

    Marcin Klammer

    Managing Director of EC Harris Polska

  • Craig Smith

    Craig Smith

    Publisher, EuropaProperty
    & Petroleum Club Magazine

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT TO REMAIN HIGH UNTIL 2016

Nearly 75 million young people around the world are without jobs, an increase of more than four million since 2007, a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) says. The global unemployment rate among youth, those aged 15 to 24, amounts to 12.6%. However, if it was adjusted to account for the drop out induced by the economic crisis, it would rise to 13.6%. The situation is even worse in the European Union where as many as 23% of young people are unemployed. Poland is not immune from the global trend as the county’s unemployment rate among youth amounts to 27%, slightly more than the EUOs average. According to the ILO, figures are not likely to improve until 2016, while policymakers are not doing enough to reverse the trend. (Gazeta Wyborcza, p.22) SR

GRADUATION TRIP TO THE BALTIC FOR THE 8TH YEAR

The excitement level will “top out” over the next two weeks for 187 sixth-grade PromiseKids as they embark on the journey of their young lives. These PromiseKids will graduate from Elementary School to “Middle School" on June 29th and they will be boarding busses for a trip they will never forget on June 11th.

For the 8th year in a row, our super member company McDonald’s will host a graduation trip to the seaside (Kolobrzeg) for all of our sixth-grade graduates from our 13 PromiseLand schools. And what a logistical effort it will be! Six busses will take part in the operation and begin transporting groups of the PromiseKids from the schools on June 11th and will continue the effort all week until all of our sixth graders have made the trip.

Although it is only 50 Kilometers to the Baltic seaside, very few of our 187 PromiseKids have ever ventured this far from their small home villages. Most of the PromiseKids have never seen the Baltic, been aboard a boat, been inside a movie theater, frequented a shopping mall, played on a beach, or dined at McDonalds.

We will never be able to measure the incredible joy that McDonald’s and our Foundation members are giving these very special children. A lot of thought has gone into this PromiseKid adventure by McDonald’s President Piotr Jucha, Director of Operations Krzysztof Klapa, and Karolina Podyma of Twenty-Four-Seven PR.

Schedule:
9-10:00 – All aboard
11:00 – Stroll at the seaside
11:30 – 12:30 – Boat trip
Trip to Koszalin to the new shopping center “ATRIUM” (McDonald’s and Multikino),
1:30– 2:30 – lunch at McDonald’s.
App. 3:00/3:45 – Multikino- ‘Snowflake- the White Gorilla’
6:00 – Return home

FOOD PRICES EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 4-5%

It’s always bad news for our Foundation when we hear that food prices are increasing. We must constantly be aware of such increases and plan appropriately.

Poland might suffer a spike in the prices of agricultural products after unfavorable weather led to a plunge in wheat crops in Russia, brokerage DM BOS analyst Dorota Sierakowska said, commenting on the expected grain prices increase on the global exchanges.

Sorry to say, Poland's crops are expected to be lower in 2012 due to frost damaging some 2 million hectares of winter crops, and the threat of drought. This unfortunate news came from the head of the agriculture chambers council KRIR Wiktor Szmulewicz, who indicated that he expects grain prices to rise by 10%.

Krystyna Swietlik from the agriculture institute IERiGZ said Poland's food prices are expected to increase by 4-5% y/y at end H1, with growth slowing down to 3-4% y/y at the end of 2012.

The increase in food prices coupled with the big jump in the prices of fuel places a major burden on our Foundation’s resources.

NEW EURO HEALTH CONSUMER INDEX RANKS POLAND 27 OUT OF 34 COUNTRIES

A new Euro Health Consumer Index report was released this past week which states that Poland has slipped down a place to 27th out of 34 countries. This is no surprise to many of us, but there are still those who think the health care system in Poland is doing well compared to its European cousins.

Finishing 27th above countries such as Serbia, Romania and Albania is surely nothing to be too proud of. I wish our readers had the opportunity to visit some of the hospitals in poor rural Poland where our PromiseKids and their families reside. It would be a most memorable experience not soon forgotten.

LOOK AT LITTLE ZUSIA IN HER NEW BEAUTIFUL DRESS

We thought you would like to see the photos below of little Zusia as she tries on her new dress, thanks to the British School’s clothing drive last month.

Isn’t she lovely!

DATES TO REMEMBER

June 8-June 30, EURO 2012 SoccerWorld, InterContinental Hotel. 100 PLN for the Foundation for each goal scored during the 24 game series. Make reservations at (22) 328 8772

June 11 – 15 - McDonald’s Trip to the Baltic for our 6th grade PromiseKids

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

September 29, 2012 – Netherlands - Polish Chamber of Commerce Rijsttafel Ball to benefit our PromiseKids. Hilton Hotel, 18:00 – 23:00

October 2, 2012 – Foundation’s Advisory Council Meeting, InterContinental Hotel

February, 2013 – Ninth Annual Dinner Dance

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever."

-- Alfred Tennyson

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