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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 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.

February 25, 2013, Vol.10, No.7

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

LEADING COMPANIES INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN COMMUNITIES DESPITE DOWNTURN, NEW FIGURES SHOW

At a time when overall donations to charities are said to be declining, leading international companies are increasing their contributions. The latest annual review from LBG, whose 130 corporate members work together to improve the measurement and impact of their community contributions, shows a record-breaking £1.65 billion contribution to community causes and organizations last year across its membership.

Pam Webb, from Zurich Community Trust and chair of LBG, said “LBG members are collectively making a huge difference. Our 2012 report shows that LBG companies are more and more serious about the contributions they make and the results they achieve. By focusing on the long-term they invest more strategically, they build stronger relationships with their community partners, leading to more efficient programs, greater impact and reliable reporting.”

Key facts:

  • Total corporate community contribution reported in LBG is £1.65 billion (US$ 2.65 bn, €1.90 bn)
  • Over half (57%) of contributions were classified as ‘community investments’ i.e. longer-term strategic partnerships to address specific causes. On average, the main subject focus is Health (34% of contributions), followed by Education & young people (21%) and Social Welfare (12%)
  • More than half of members now attempt to assess impacts across their program and results continue to improve our understanding of the difference members are making

LBG is a robust, credible and international framework that enables LBG members across the globe to measure the totality of their contribution to the community, and then assess that in the light of the results achieved. LBG is also a network and a group of companies. By adopting the same measurement standard, they can share best practices and benchmark and learn from each other.

To know more about LBG go to LBG website, you can also download our 2012 annual report here.

LBG is run by members for members and managed by the global corporate responsibility consultancy Corporate Citizenship.

Appendices – additional key facts:

  • These figures cover investments by 130 companies across the globe
  • Average contribution per company is up to £15.2 million or 0.20% of revenues or 1.23% of pre-tax profit
  • Contributions take the form of cash (54%), time (8%), in-kind and pro-bono (32%) or management cost (6%)
  • 291,000 employees were involved in volunteers or pro-bono activities
  • On average each member programs’ are reaching more than 250,000 people
  • 19% of these experience a positive change in behavior, 14% develop their skills and 30% experience a direct impact on their quality of life
  • Almost 40% of beneficiary organizations are developing new products or services to deliver to the community as a result of LBG member’s support
  • LBG is the internationally recognized standard for measuring corporate community investment. More than 300 companies around the world use the LBG framework to measure, manage and report the value, and the achievements, of the contributions they make.

    The global LBG group of more than 120 companies is managed by Corporate Citizenship, an international corporate responsibility consultancy based in London and New York, and is run by members for members.

REAL WAGES DECLINE IN POLAND

Polish corporate wages will decline in real terms in 2013 for the first time in 20 years, the daily Rzeczpospolita reports, citing analysts.

In the first three quarters of 2012 average corporate wage stood at PLN 3679 gross, up by 3.7% year on year but inflation in the period stood at 4% with purchasing power declining by 0.2% in the period. In the coming months wages' purchasing power will decline even more, analysts say.

THE ECONOMICS OF CURBING SPECULATION IN FOOD, WATER AND VITAL RESOURCES

Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 1012, the World Bank president estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty due to rising food prices, adding, “Food price inflation is the biggest threat today to the world’s poor…one weather event and you start to push people over the edge.”

The United Nations Food Price Index jumped 25 percent in 2011. The dots connecting world hunger, weather events and speculation on global financial markets are obvious. Yet, well-meaning officials at UN Agencies, including the FA, World Bank and IMF, are curiously blind. Instead, their many urgent meetings over the past three years have focused on raising more money to pay these rising prices for food stables, urging more productivity from agriculture and opposing nations curbing exports to protect their domestic foods, argue economists and futurists.

CSR IS A GOOD THING TO DO BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO

Year-in-review articles typically survey the most significant events of the previous 12 months, and our 2012 overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR) will not disappoint you.

I think the biggest CSR development of the year was the fact that CSR represents not just a trend, but a social movement. CSR is not a random collection of ad hoc discrete actions to revise corporate behavior, but rather a coherent aggregation of sustained, widespread efforts to reform the role of corporations, shifting from negative to positive impacts on society, the environment, and the economy.

During a year when philanthropic giving was down worldwide, our CEOs significantly increased our 2012 Foundation revenues. At the same time, our Foundation grew in numbers. This all happened because our CEOs knew that it was a good thing to do because it is the right thing to do.

FOOD PRICES SHOOT UP

For those of us who are in the business of feeding 3,000 meals a day to poor hungry kids, the price of food is a major part of our lives. Raw food materials, whose prices were beating records last year are again rapidly becoming more expensive. Agricultural products world wide are trading particularly high. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food-price index jumped 3.4 percent in January to a level of 231 points, beating the record set in December. I’m afraid to report that the high prices will continue through the coming months.

DONATE 1% AND HELP POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Foundation For Corporate Social Responsibility became a Public Benefit Organization(OPP) and now is qualified to receive 1 % of your income tax!

The primary focus of our Foundation is to serve poor Polish children. To date, the Foundation has fed over 4 - million meals to needy Polish children. Presently, the Foundation feeds children from 10 Polish schools and provides many education programs( English Online Program, Arts and Dance Program, and more). Please visit www.fcsr.pl to find out more.

IMPORTANT! When filling out your PIT please enter our full KRS number:

KRS 0000180452

Please click on the video to see what we do to help needy Polish children!

"FCSR - Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. This is a 1 minute movie promoting the foundation's "Please Donate 1%" program. www.fcsr.pl PRODUCED by: Pablo Montano - Gooday FILMS. Member of FCSR. info@gooday.pl MUSIC by: "The Broken" by Admiral Bob (feat. jeris) www.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/33304 is licensed under a Creative Commons license: www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"

Thanks to your donation and support we can FEED, EDUCATE and EMPOWER the poorest children in Poland!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!

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

April 30, 2013 - Last day to fill out your taxes with our KRS 0000180452 number with that all important 1% for Our Promisekids.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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

-- Lord Chesterfield

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