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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 12, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 35

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

JUST A REMINDER THAT OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE IS A MONTH EARLY THIS YEAR – JANUARY 21, 2013

As we approach the holidays, I am reminded that this year’s Dinner Dance “Keeping our Promise – 10 Years,” is just 10 weeks away. Some of you may have noticed that this year’s celebration is being held almost a month earlier than it was last year.

And there is a good reason…

There is so much to consider when picking just the right date to bring together over 600 people for our memorable sit-down Dinner Dance spectacular. This year’s event will once again be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. Of course we had to insure availability of the venue, but we also had to be sure that the date selected didn’t conflict with the Polish Annual School Winter vacation enjoyed each year by so many people in Poland. The dates of the Winter School Break vary from school district to school district, which makes our selection process so much more difficult and important.

We think we have it just right this year, and we are full-steam ahead with our preparations for the January 21st extravaganza. The PromiseKids singers and dancers have been selected and are deep into rehearsals. The costumes have been selected and are being hand-made by our Promisekids and staff. (See the colorful costumes just completed and modeled so well by our Foundation’s Arts Director Basia Kolasinska below, and see all the costume preparations by Basia and Monika Ciszewska.)

BEST BAND IN THE LAND… 36.6

We must be doing something right to get “The Best Band in the Land,” 36.6, to play for our 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance, just as they have for our 9 previous Dinner Dances. 36.6 has become one of the most sought after bands in Poland and we are truly honored that they will be performing for your listening and dancing pleasure on January 21st.

TABLE RESERVATIONS

As in previous years, we want to accommodate our member companies with the very best tables before we open reservations to the general public. To this end, we have already assigned tables to our active member companies. Member CEOs will receive table reservations from me this week, and unless we hear differently, the reservations will be confirmed. When we are comfortable that our members have been satisfied, we will then open reservations to non-members.

The Dinner Dance table price hasn’t changed in 10 years. It remains at 2,400 zl and each table accommodates 10 guests. We expect to sell our 60 tables very quickly, so mark your calendars now!

CEOs… Look for my reservation letter this week.

POLISH GOVERNMENT APPROVES PRO-FAMILY LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE

The Polish government approved a package of bills with pro-family measures, including extended maternity leave and regulations facilitating creation of daycare centers, according to Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

“We have adopted proposals that constitute the most comprehensive program of family assistance.” Tusk said.

The package includes an option to extend maternity leave to 12 months, state’s payments of premiums for self-employed who are on maternity leave, regulations facilitating creation of daycare centers, and some changes in regulations on preschools.

The cost of the longer maternity leave would amount to PLN 1.4 billion annually if 50% of the mothers decide to take longer leaves. In case of premium payments for self-employed people on maternity leave, the cost would amount to PLN 1.4 billion annually.

Financing the package will not require an increase in social security premiums, the PM added. “We are planning no increase in ZUS premiums,” Tusk said.

EUROPEAN JOB MARKET LESS FRIENDLY FOR POLES

Gone are the days when Poles could easily find jobs in Western Europe. Now, debt ridden and facing economic dire straits, countries like Ireland are making conditions tougher for migrating workers. Dublin has instated a condition of “habitual residence” as a prerequisite to receive social benefits for foreign workers. This means that one has to prove a two-year uninterrupted stay on the island in order to receive benefits. Great Britain is taking steps towards even more restrictive measures, saying that freedom of movement should be renegotiated in Brussels. “Opening the labor market for immigrants from Central Europe in 2004 was a mistake. PM Blair was charmed by globalization and he was careless about the costs of such a decision, “said Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labor Party.

2013 FORECAST REMAINS GLOOMY FOR EURO ZONE

The European Commission lowered its forecast for economic growth in the euro zone for 2013 because the debt crisis is still having a devastating effect in the south of the continent. This has a negative impact on the economies of exporting countries such as Germany. The GDP of the 17 countries of the euro zone will grow by less than 0.1% in 2013. That’s much less than the 1% previously forecast by the European Commission.

POLAND’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN OCTOBER SEEN AT 12.5 %

Polaand’s unemployment rate in October likely edged up to 12.5% from 12.4 % in September, as the number of unemployed at the end of the month came to 1,995 million, up by 16,900 people from the September level.

The number of vacancies reported to job agencies by employers in October amounted to 67,200 and was down by 15,800 or 19% from the previous month.

POLAND NOT AN EU STAR ANYMORE

An increasing number of European economies are growing faster than Poland’s. The European Commission expects the economic slowdown to be worse than anticipated and to last longer. It expects Poland’s 2012 GDP to grow by 2.4% (compared to 4.3% in 2011) Next year, growth will slow down to 1.8%, the EC says. In the coming years, the economic situation will be shaped by two factors: global contraction and worsening moods in the country.

DATES TO REMEMBER

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.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

-- Aristotle

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