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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.

November 5, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 34

"The heart has such an influence over the understanding, that it is worth while to engage it in our interest."
-- Lord Chesterfield

HILTON GLOBAL WEEK OF SERVICE – HELPING OUR PROMISEKIDS

Beginning on November 11th, Hilton Worldwide will celebrate its “Global Week of Service at all of its 3,897 Hilton Hotel brands in 91 countries. Hilton Warsaw will participate by sending a team of Hilton employees to our Foundation’s PromiseLand to conduct “Savoir Vivre” workshops for our older PromiseKids in the Lekowo, Brzezno, Nowe Warowo, and Bierzwnica Schools. The Savoir Vivre workshops will give our kids an appreciation of what it is like to live a good life and how to meet every situation with poise, good manners and elegance.

The Hilton team will fly to the PromiseLand on November 19th and conduct 3 days of Savoir Vivre workshops. The workshops will consist of proper eating habits, table manners, social graces and appropriate social etiquette. This will be such a special time for our kids, and will go a long way to give them an appreciation of what life is like outside of the poverty laden environment in which they live.

Once again, we thank Hilton Warsaw General Manager Remco Norden and his wonderful team of professionals for making this incredible experience available to our PromiseKids.

AND SPEAKING OF HILTON…

We are pleased to announce that the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel Krakow have just completed the first month of their three month “Small Change – Big Difference” campaign. The funds collected benefit our Foundation’s Hot-meal Program.

Each Hilton guest is presented with written information about the campaign at check in. Program details are available in each room, and on the hotel’s internal TV channel. Guests are then given the opportunity of adding 1 Euro, the price of one Hot-Meal, to their final bill at check out. Funds are only being accepted from Hilton Hotel guests.

The “Small Change – Big Difference” campaign is the brain child of Hilton General Manager Remco Norden. Remco and his hotel staff have been preparing for the Campaign for the past few months. Hilton loves our PromiseKids and can’t seem to do enough to help them live a better life.

As most of you know, Hilton will host our Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance on January 21st. This will be the 5th Dinner Dance Hilton has hosted. See you there as we celebrate our Foundation's 10th anniversary!

SCHOOLS NOT PREPARED FOR e-TEXTBOOKS

The Ministry of Education is insisting on the use of e-textbooks in schools, despite the fact that 80 percent of teachers say that schools are not prepared for the e-textbook revolution. The e-textbook program is supposed to complement the government’s project “Digital School” which is estimated to cost some zl. 2 billion.

It all comes down to money… Some schools in a pilot program run by the government don’t have appropriate computer equipment and can’t conduct the program at all, and the government cannot come up with enough money to provide the necessary computer equipment even for the pilot program.

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Lodz, only 18 percent of teachers think that their schools are well enough prepared for the challenge of e-textbooks.

POLAND RANKS 32ND IN PROSPERITY INDEX

Poland ranks 32nd in the Legatum Institute’s prosperity index. This year, the Institute ranked 142 countries. According to the authors, the study includes 96% of the world’s population and 99% of the world’s GDP. Poland’s ranking worsened in this study, falling by four spots. In the index’s various categories, Poland did best in security (25) and worse position in the economic situation ranking (52). Scandinavian countries topped the ranking, with Norway in first place, Denmark in second place and Sweden in third. The index takes into account the state of the economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital.

HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG UNIVERSITY GRADUATES

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. One out of eight Poles with a university degree in unemployed. In large cities, this proportion reaches even higher to one out of four. At the end of September, employment offices registered 235,400 unemployed university graduates, which is almost 20,000 more than in June. According to experts, the situation is a result of a boom in university graduations while the job market stagnates.

HARD TIMES FOR SMALL COMPANIES

As the global economy slumps, small-sized enterprises are the ones that suffer the most. A survey carried out by the Ministry of Economy shows that every fourth such company closed the first half of the year in the red.

Sentiments among small business owners is also low. Only one in seven entrepreneurs expects that his company’s profits will be higher in the second half of 2012 than in the first six months of the year.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 1 – October 31, 2012 - AmRest's month long campaign to raise money in their 215 KFC stores for hunger relief. Money collected is now being counted. We hope to have a final tally by next newsletter.

October 1 – December 31, 2012 - Hilton Hotel Warsaw and Krakow conduct “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program.

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. Tables have been reserved for all of our member companies.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything."

-- Julia Cameron

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