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.
October 22, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 32
"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
We are pleased to announce that we have added 57 new students to our “Dreams Come True” Interactive English Training Program this school year. This happened because of the generosity of Foundation Member Rabobank which donated the 57 new licenses this past week. This was an incredible gift to our PromiseKids and to our “Dreams Come True” Program. This is the third year in a row that Rabobank has sponsored our student licenses. We thank you Rabobank and Rabobank President Jacek Szugajew for this commitment to our program.
We also thank Bruce, Svetlana and Ari Robinson for sponsoring two more licenses for our PromiseKids. This isn’t the first time Bruce has answered our call for need, and we love the Robinsons for their generosity.
We are almost to our goal with 19 licenses still remaining to be sponsored. The first lessons begin in just one week and we hope to hear from more of you about sponsoring one or all of the remaining 19 licenses. The cost of the Dreams Come True program is 140 PLN ($43 USD) per child (license) for the entire school year. Our goal is to have 250 PromiseKids in the program, for a total cost of 35,080 PLN ($10,606 USD). Such a small amount for such an incredible program.
If you would like to help, please use the PayPal option found at the bottom of this newsletter.
Natalie, Meg and Basia have begun a new foundation blog. Our account is FCSRpl if you would like to join in. The blog can also be found on our website www.fcsr.pl.
Please see the photo above of KFC employees Lucyna and Ewelina at the KFC Rodla Restaurant in Szczecin, Poland enticing customers to donate 1 Polish zloty to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program. We also want to thank the Rodla KFC General Manager Mariusz Pentela for his continued support of our Foundation and our PromiseKids. The collection is part of the KFC World Hunger Relief effort taking place at all KFC restaurants worldwide.
The campaign is well underway, and we really appreciate the individual initiatives demonstrated by so many KFC employees. The campaign continues throughout the month of October, and we encourage our readers to frequent their local KFC Restaurant as often as possible. The collection will take place at all 215 KFC restaurants licensed by AmRest in Poland and in the Czech Republic. The proceeds will go to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program in 10 Polish Public Schools in Northwest Poland.
We are very proud to report that over the past 10 years, we have fed as many as 3,000 school children each school day in 15 public schools. With the generous support of KFC and our other member companies, we have fed over 5 million meals to the poor children (PromiseKids) of the Zachodniopomorskie Region of Poland.
We intend to celebrate this accomplishment throughout our 10th Anniversary Year. We will kick off 2013 with a very special Annual Dinner Dance “Keeping our Promise – 10 Years.” We will present some of the highlights of our previous dinner dances for your entertainment and pleasure.
You all are invited to join us at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center at 18:30 on January 21, 2013. Remco Norden and the great folks at Hilton will once again host this extravaganza for us. We have reserved a table for each member company as before, so please mark your calendars accordingly. We will send our members their table numbers and locations in the next few weeks.
Poland's job market is becoming increasingly difficult for young people starting professional careers, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza says citing a report by the Public Issues Institute (ISP).
Among European Union states Poland takes ninth place with 25% of people aged up to 24 years being unemployed.
"Today, 925 million people – or one in seven people globally
– do not have enough to eat, making hunger and malnutrition the No. 1 risk to health worldwide."
One-third of all the calories produced every year are wasted – that's 1.3 billion tons of food waste while one billion people go to bed hungry every night. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations projects that the global population will swell to nearly nine billion by 2040, exponentially increasing demand for food. The world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water to meet this growing need.
Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. 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.
October 1 – October 31, 2012 - AmRest month long (October) campaign to raise money in their 215 KFC stores for hunger relief.
October 1 – December 31, 2012 - Hilton Hotel Warsaw and Krakow to begin “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program for the 2nd year in a row.
January 21, 2013 - Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We are already making plans for the biggest night of the year for our Foundation. 2013 is the 10th Anniversary of our Foundation and we will make this Dinner Dance bigger and better than ever. As in previous years, we have reserved tables for our Foundation members.