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.
March 25, 2013 Vol. 10, No.11
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."
With today’s newsletter, we continue our tenth anniversary series highlighting the work of the foundation over the past ten years. To those of you who have been on this journey with us over these years, we hope you will be proud of the accomplishments and differences we have made together in the lives of our PromiseKids. For those of you who are newer to the Foundation, we hope this series will encourage you to become even more active in the work of the Foundation and in the lives of our PromiseKids.
John Paul II Elementary School in Toporzyk.
Toporzyk is a village of 180 people located in Swidwin County. Some of the people from Toporzyk find their jobs in the nearby town of Polczyn Zdroj. The money they earn is usually not enough to make ends meet and most of the people still ask social welfare for help. The average income is 1 200 PLN and the unemployment rate is still one of the highest in the region. The village looks very dull, with its old gray buildings and the ruins of cooperative farms dotting the landscape. Life is very difficult for the people here, especially for the children.
The Toporzyk Elementary School is a small school, which sits in the center of the village on the main road.
Last Friday, our staff visited the Toporzyk School and spoke with school's principal and some of our PromiseKids. From the outside, the school looks much the same as the others Meg and Basia visit on a daily basis. As Meg, FCSR Regional Director noted: “Not much has changed on the outside of the Toporzyk School. It’s the same old building we first saw in 2003. However, it’s much different when you go inside the school. You see bright walls with colorful pictures on them and most important, the kids are smiling”.
The principal of the Toporzyk School is Zofia Kaperzynska. Like most of our principals, Zofia has been a dedicated teacher and principal for a long time. In fact, she has been the principal of this school since 1989! Zofia is a graduate of Polish Philology at the University in Slupsk.
Zofia shared her memories from the first year with the Foundation and the time she first met Bill Chasey:
“When Bill told us he would like to feed our kids, I was so happy. We needed his help so badly. We still do… Since that day we’ve been a part of the meal program and now we can take part in other FCSR programs as well. My favorite one was the Peace Project. In February, 2007 twenty-four students from all over the world came to our school to teach cultural tolerance and basic English. It was really awesome! You can imagine what a joyful and fun learning experience it was for our kids to meet these young people from so many different countries! It is now the 5th year in a row that Toporzyk children have participated in the InterContinental Scholarship Program and the 4th year they’ve had the opportunity to improve their English skills, thanks to the FCSR English program. The English program is very popular and the children enjoy competing for the first prize. It’s very motivating!”
One of the first students Meg and Basia meet is Natalia. She has been in our English program since 2009 and is one of the best English students. When asked how she liked the English program, Natalia enthusiastically responded: “My English has improved so much. Now I can communicate in English. I started watching movies in English and I understand a lot. In the future I would like to be an English teacher.”
Natalia is not the only one who loves studying English. We also spoke to Marcin, an 11 year old boy who just joined the English group. “Learning English online is so much fun and much easier than English classes at school. I really enjoy it!” Natalia’s and Marcin’s enthusiasm about improving their skills and Natalia’s plan for her future, are good examples of why we chose to name the FCSR English program, “Dreams Do Come True”!
“The Foundation always brings some new projects to our school!” said Bartek. The last one was so much fun! It was an Easter Day at Toporzyk. We took part in many games and competitions, like running with an egg on the spoon, face painting and looking for the large chocolate egg in the school hallways. Guess what? I was the one who found the chocolate egg!”
Basia and Meg also met with some of our Foundation Dinner Dance participants. They wondered how much the students enjoyed the trip and the Dinner Dance itself…
“The Dinner Dance is a very special event and all the kids always want to go. I remember all the souvenirs and gifts we received from the Foundation and its members. When I saw 500 guests sitting at the tables, waiting for our performance, I was so nervous! Fortunately, everything went well and I didn’t forget my steps!” said Ania. 11 year old Damian exclaimed: “The best part of the Dinner Dance was the Hilton’s restaurant! I loved the breakfast and had pancakes with syrup every single day! For dinner, I always had pizza and ice cream. It was delicious - and they did all that just for us!”
And there is much more…
The Foundation and its member companies provide English classes to 12 Toporzyk students each year. As indicated above, the program is very popular among the kids. “English is very important nowadays. The children who participate in the FCSR English program improved their English language skills and also improved their grades,”says Malgorzata Mikolajewska, the English teacher responsible for the program at Toporzyk school.
Thanks to the generosity of Foundation member companies Colgate-Palmolive and P&G, the students at Toporzyk receive cleaning supplies, shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes. They also receive school supplies from our wonderful member company Primo Polska each year.
Thanks to Foundation member, Mc Donald’s, Toporzyk children take graduation trips to Kolobrzeg, a beautiful and historic city on the Baltic Sea. It’s a major wow for the children as most of our PromiseKids have never seen the Baltic, been aboard a boat or been inside a Multikino.
The Toporzyk school children also took part in our You Can Dance program last year. “I hope we can participate in the You Can Dance competition again this year. We keep working on our steps and plan to perform to one of Michael Jackson’s songs. We want to win this time!” said Kamil.
The children in Toporzyk school also received gifts from the Mysiadlo School in Warsaw. It was a collection conducted by Peter Gajewski’s (Discipline Media) wife Michalina. The Mysiadlo school collected toys and school supplies for the children in Toporzyk last year. The toys were delivered by our wonderful member company Move One Relocations.
No question, our FCSR is an integral part of the educational, social and cultural lives of our PromiseKids at the Toporzyk school.
We are pleased to announce that the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel Krakow have just completed their three month “Small Change – Big Difference” campaign. The funds collected benefit our Foundation’s Hot-meal Program and added 1,888 hot meals for our PromiseKids from October 1st- December 31st 2012.
Each Hilton guest is presented with written information about the campaign at check in. Program details were available in each room, and on the hotel’s internal TV channel. Guests were then given the opportunity of adding 1 Euro, the price of one Hot-Meal, to their final bill at check out. Funds were only accepted from Hilton Hotel guests.
The Hotel staff prepared 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.
Our super restaurant chain operator AmRest stands by its plan to open more than 100 restaurants in 2013 and spend in excess of PLN 400 million on renovations. With pressure on margins seen easing in the coming months, the company said in a press statement following the release of 2012 report.
As far as the outlook is concerned, management remains optimistic "given initial signs that the economic situation is improving and negative trends are reversing," the company said.
"With inflation and interest rates reaching historical lows there should also be less pressure on the margins in the months to come," the statement said.
At end-2012, AmRest operated 663 restaurants.
In Q4 AmRest posted PLN 48 million in net profit, way above consensus for PLN 25.3 million net profit, the company's 2012 report out Tuesday shows.
As most of our Members and friends know, AmRest, through its KFC Brand has been the largest supporter of our Foundation since our inception. They have helped us to provide over 5 million meals to our PromiseKids. We thank you AmRest and KFC. We wish you much success in your 2013 expansion plans.
Pomorskie Regional Governor Ryszard Stachurski, this week warned people against giving donations to the Macius charity organization, after it became apparent that only a fraction of the monies raised by the organization actually went to feed the hungry children it is supposed to be helping, while millions of zloty went abroad to a company in Switzerland.
According to a survey by TNS Polska, 53 percent of Poles think that adopting the euro would have a negative effect on Poland. One-fourth of the respondents said they do not see negative or positive consequences and 14 percent said that they expect euro zone entry to be positive for Poland.
When asked about the influence of euro adoption on households’ situation, 68 percent said it would be negative and only 9 percent said it would be positive. As far as influence on the country’s economic situation was concerned, 55 percent of the respondents said they thought it would be negative and 20 percent said it would be negative.
The Polish meal industry was rocked by even more scandal this week when it was reported that one slaughterhouse had been purchasing dead cattle to sell.
According to TVN24, the slaughterhouse in the central town of Biala Rawska has allegedly violated laws relating to the health and sanitation of animals and as a result, the 43 – year-old owner could face up to eight years behind bars.
The number of people working on the basis of non-standard contracts is increasing the National Labor Inspectorate (PIP) said. In 2012, there were 458,000 people without standard labor law contracts, but on contracts based on civil law in entities that PIP has audited. This stood for 12.6 percent of employees working in audited workplaces. In 2011, he percentage was 10.7, in 2010 it was 10.9 and in 2009 it was 9.5.
Poland still has fairly low labor costs compared to the rest of the European Union. In 2012, the average cost of one hour of work for employees was about 7.2 Euro, according to Eurostat data. Polish labor costs are much lower than those in Belgium and Sweden (about 40 Euro) Labor costs include wages, but also social and health insurance and other obligatory payments.
The number of unemployed persons who have quit looking for work is rising in Poland, In the 4th quarter of 2012, there were 482,000 such persons, compared to 436,000 a year earlier.
Polish consumers are increasingly likely to buy second-hand goods, especially clothes, books and children’s goods. TNS OBOP found that 42 percent of Poles regularly buy second-hand clothes and 13 percent do it from time to time. A lot of the used goods trade is done not in stores but on the Internet. On-line classifieds service Tablica.pl said that about 10 million second-hand offers were made through it in 2012. Poland’s largest electronic auctions service Allegro said that about 50 percent of its offers come from individuals who usually offer used goods.
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!
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