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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 19, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 36

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."
-- Franklin P. Adams

THE BRITISH SCHOOL NEVER FORGETS OUR PROMISEKIDS AT CHRISTMAS

As in the past, the British School of Warsaw will sponsor a Christmas Giving Tree that will provide Christmas gifts for 220 of our Foundation’s PromiseKids this Christmas season. As you can see in the following letter, there are 3 ways you can contribute to this very special cause. I know the folks at the British School will be thrilled to hear from you and receive your gifts.

SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE PROMISEKIDS…

For the second year in a row, the family and friends of the Mysiadlo School in Warsaw will be collecting Christmas gifts for our PromiseKids in the Toporzyk School in the PromiseLand. If you didn’t know, Peter Gajewski’s lovely wife and psychologist Michalina Gajewska is coordinating the Christmas gift collection. Peter is the guy who sees that our newsletter gets to your computer every Monday morning. If you would like to contribute a gift please contact the Mysiadlo School at tel. (22) 42 55 998 or sekretariat.spwm@gmail.com. More information about this gift collection on the part of Michalina and Piotr Gajewski to come next week.

We want to express a special thanks to Member Company MoveOne for delivering the British School and Mysiadlo School gifts to our PromiseKids again this Christmas. All gifts must be received by December 10th to make sure they arrive in time for Christmas Day. Thanks so much MoveOne and MoveOne President Piotr Piekarowicz for this incredible contribution to our Foundation.

HILTON’S SAVOIR-VIVRE WORKSHOPS BEGIN TODAY

This week, Hilton Worldwide is celebrating its “Global Week of Service at all of its 3,897Hilton Hotel brands in 91 countries. Hilton Warsaw is participating 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 today 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.

See the Savoir-Vivre Workshop schedule below:

Monday 19th of November:
10:00-13:00 - workshops in the Lekowo School.

Tuesday 20th of November:
7:30 - 10:05 - workshops in the Nowe Worowo School.
10:55 - 13:30 - workshops in Bierzwnica School.

Wednesday 21st of November:
8:00 - 13:30 - workshops in Brzeżno School.
20:30 – departure for Warsaw.

We thank you Hilton Warsaw. Our PromiseKids will never forget.

GDP DISPARITIES DIVIDE POLAND’S REGIONS

It’s a tale reminiscent of America’s Occupy Wall Street Protests, but it’s happening right here in Poland. Poland’s income inequalities are on the rise, as evidenced by regional disparities in GDP per capita, which can vary by as much as 40 percent. For example, per capita GDP in the Mazovia region is 2.5 times higher than in the Carpathian and Lublin regions. That according to 2010 estimates from the Prevision institute. A year earlier, those differences were smaller. The research shows Mazovia, Lower Silesia, Silesia and Greater Poland Voivodeship, all along Poland’s eastern border, are the richest regions in the country.

YOUNG POLES WANT TO WORK ABROAD

Thirty-six percent of Poles aged 18-24 said in a CBOS survey they planned to seek work abroad, one in 10 said they had already worked outside Poland in the past decade. Fifteen percent said they would accept employment abroad if such were offered. Thirty-eight percent plan to work abroad in the near future. In the past decade, Poles have sought employment in Germany (36%) and Britain (21%), followed by Holland (12%), Norway (8%), the US (8 %), Italy (7%) and France (6 %). Most foreign-employed Poles work as skilled laborers (26%) and servicers (22%). The highest interest in foreign employment is visible among high school and university students. According to CBOS at least 850,000 Poles aged 18-24 were employed abroad at the time of the survey. (Puls Bisnesu)

MORE BUSINESSES STRUGGLE TO GET PAYMENTS

In Q3, some 91.5 percent of Polish businesses had clients or subcontractors who were not able to make payments on time, indicates a recent study by the Confederation of Financial companies (KPF) and the National Debt Register (KRD).

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

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.

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. As I pointed out in my letter to our Foundation’s CEOs this past week, we have reserved tables for all of our member companies. We will hold the tables unless we hear differently.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past."

-- Brian Tracy

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