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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.

September 9, 2013 Vol. 10, No.25

"What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are."
-- Anthony Robbins

THE INTERNET AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Years ago corporate social responsibility advocates coined the optimistic adage, “you do well by doing good.” But, unfortunately, for many companies the reverse was true: they did well by being bad. Creative accounting, unfair labor practices, corporate secrecy, monopolistic practices, externalizing costs to society, and shady environmental behaviors could help beef up the bottom line. Not to mention corporate executives themselves could “do well” by pocketing astronomical bonuses, even while their companies struggled.

But this is changing. Increasingly the “doing well by doing good” adage is true, a welcome development that we explore. With the arrival of the Internet, we are entering a new era in which organizations need integrity as part of their DNA – not just to secure a healthy business environment, but for the organization’s own sustainability and competitive advantage. It’s no longer enough to be accountable for financial results; an increasingly informed and connected public wants companies to be exemplary corporate citizens and good stewards of the environment. When companies are not responsive to these demands, corporate critics use the Internet to pepper management with detailed inquiries, monitor private-sector behavior around the world, and swap insights and intelligence with one another.

Many companies are uncomfortable with such scrutiny, a feeling that only intensifies as social media continues to accelerate the speed at which critical messages can “go viral.” But there’s no putting the transparency genie back in the bottle. In everything from motivating employees, negotiating with partners, disclosing financial information, or explaining the environmental impacts of a new factory, companies and other organizations must tell the truth, be considerate of the interests of others, and be willing to be held accountable for delivering against their commitments.

The Internet is not just a force for transparency, however. With the proliferation of social media and social networks, we believe society now has become the most powerful platform ever for bringing together the people, skills, and knowledge needed to solve the many issues confronting the world, which is really what Corporate Social Responsibility and the corporate sustainability movement is all about.

CHARITY RIJSTTAFEL JUST 5 DAYS AWAY

If you don’t have reservations for this week’s Charity Rijsttafel, time is running out. The black-tie extravaganza is one of the social highlights of the Warsaw Social Calendar and you don’t want to miss it. The Netherland-Polish Chamber of Commerce is known for hosting one of the best parties in town, and our Foundation has been selected to be the recipient of the charity raffle once again this year.

So, if you love dressing up, eating great Indonesian food, dancing to some of the best music in Poland, and helping poor Polish Children, you should be at the Warsaw Hilton at 1800, this Saturday evening September 14th.

A NOTE OF THANKS FROM THE INTERCONTINENAL SCHOLARS

We would like to thank Marten Schoenrock, the General Manager of the InterContinental Hotel for inviting us to Warsaw. For most of us, it was our first trip to our capital city, and we loved every minute. We stayed in the beautiful InterContinental Hotel for 4 days, and what a wonderful experience that was for us. We especially liked the hotel pool with the view of the Palace of Culture. We also enjoyed our visit to Old Town and to Zlote Tarasy.

Finally, we would like to express our big thanks for such incredible hospitality. We especially loved the luxurious farewell party with the ice cream and chocolate fountain. We will keep these 4 days in mind for the rest of our lives.

Sincerely,

The 10 InterContinental Scholars

SOME FINE ART FOR SOME FINE PEOPLE

Several of our PromiseKids expressed their thanks to member company Ghelamco for sending them to summer camp this past summer. They used their creative artistic talents to say thanks to the Ghelamco for making their lives so much better.

AUDITIONS FOR THE DINNER DANCE

The photos below show some of our Oparzno School PromiseKids as they auditioned to be a part of the 50 PromiseKids Singers and Dancers selected to perform at our Foundation’s 10th Annual Dinner Dance on February 3, 2014. The Dinner Dance is being hosted again this year by the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. We wish much luck to all of the PromiseKids who will be trying out for this incredible venture.

ALMOST HALF OF POLES BELIEVE CHURCH IS TOO POLITICAL

A recent poll conducted by TNS Polska for the Public Affairs Institute shows that as many as 49 percent of Poles believe that the Catholic church has too much influence in politics. A total of 70 percent are against the church and their priests discussing political issues. Only 5 percent of those polled would like to see increased church influence in politics. About a third believe that the church's current influence is at the level it should be. Meanwhile 45 percent believe that church funding should be derived from other sources than public funding. Public opinion regarding religion in school remains divided; 51 percent support keeping religion classes as part of the curriculum, while 43 percent believe they should be removed. In comparison, 72 percent supported religion classes in school in 2007.

POLAND’S KIDS GAINING WEIGHT FASTER THAN REST OF EUROPE

Sports Minister Joanna Mucha addressed the country's growing childhood obesity problem at a press conference this week. Referring to data gathered by the Sports Ministry, nearly one in five Polish children between the ages of 11 and 15 is overweight. Additionally, the average weight of children in Poland is growing faster than in any other country in Europe.

According to Ms. Mucha, 30 percent of the nation's children do not participate in physical education classes, something the Minister says she will change by instituting compulsory swimming lessons and expand the variety of physical education classes. According to the World Health Organization, children should engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day to ensure proper development.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

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

September 2-20th – Dinner Dance Auditions

September 14th - Dutch Charity Rijsttafel 2013 (See story above)

February 3, 2014 - Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life."

-- William Arthur Ward

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