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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 4, 2013 Vol. 10, No.33

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."
-- Frederick Keonig

A PROMISE “STAR” IS OFF TO TURKEY

We are often asked by our member companies, “what happens to those little PromiseKids when they graduate from middle school?” Well, this is one story I think you will all enjoy. We like it because we are so proud of one of our former PromiseKids by the name of Marcin Raulin.

There are just a few days remaining before Marcin begins a trip to Turkey. It seems just like yesterday that Natalie, Meg and Basia were preparing Marcin for an incredible journey to the United States as a Ronald Reagan Scholar. Not only was he selected for the Reagan Scholars Program over many other European students, he turned out to be the “star” of the two-week adventure that took him around the USA from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles.

We are thrilled that Marcin has been invited to Turkey by super Foundation Member company AmRest. AmRest, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc. asked Marcin to participate in the 20th Anniversary celebration of the AmRest Leadership University being held in Istanbul from November 8-11th.

AmRest is primarily based in Wrocław and operates in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, France, Germany and the United States. AmRest runs close to 700 restaurants. The company had its initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2005.

Marcin has been spending a lot of time in our Szczecin office preparing his formal presentation (In English) for 800 AmRest Regional leaders from around the world. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the priorities of the celebration, and Marcin will discuss the work of our Foundation in Poland, and the impact of our Hot-Meal program on his life. AmRest, through its subsidiary KFC has worked hand-in-hand with our Foundation to provide financing for over 6 million Hot-Meals for our PromiseKids over the past 10 years.

Marcin comes from the small village of Brzezno. The Brzezno School was one of the first three schools our Foundation supported, and we have been feeding these Brzezno PromiseKids for 10 years. Marcin’s father is an ambulance driver and his mother is unemployed. He is a cheerful but modest boy who is always open to new experiences and friendships. He is now a student at Szczecin University and is very skilled in sports, computers and English. He likes playing volleyball, basketball and football.

We can’t thank AmRest Leaders, Henry McGovern, Drew O’Malley, and Olgierd Danielewicz, enough for making this opportunity available to Marcin, and for their continued support of our Foundation’s Hot-Meal program.

STAKEHOLDER-CENTERED MANAGEMENT

A great deal of jargon has emerged to describe companies that operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner: corporate social responsibility, or CSR; corporate responsibility; corporate citizenship; responsible capitalism; humane capitalism; creative capitalism; socially responsible business; the double bottom line; the triple bottom line; benefit corporation; community benefit company; B Corporation; firm of endearment; humanistic corporation; corporation for the common good; and more. These terms differ in meaning, sometimes in nuances, sometimes in more significant ways, but they all represent attempts to describe businesses that can do well by doing good.

Instead, some prefer a term that’s both more descriptive and more precise: stakeholder-centered management. In a company governed by this principle, managers and the board seek to balance the interests of all the company’s stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, owners and the communities where the firm does business, as well as the environment.

NONPROFITS FAIL TO PROTECT ASSETS, QUIETLY LOSING MILLIONS TO FRAUD

A Washington Post analysis of filings from 2008 to 2012 found that more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations indicated that they had discovered a “significant diversion” of assets, disclosing losses attributed to theft, investment fraud, embezzlement and other unauthorized uses.

NEARLY HALF OF POLES LIVE BELOW POVERTY LEVEL

Poland has some 13.5 million or 5% of households living in extreme poverty, a co-author of social diagnosis research Tomasz Panek says in an interview for Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

The authors of the report estimated the extreme poverty line at a one-person household at PLN 520 per month. Some 45% of Polish households live below the poverty line, which was set below PLN 1,718 for a one-person household, Panek said.

POLAND’S PUBLIC SECTOR DOMINATED BY WOMEN

Women visibly dominate in public sector jobs in Poland, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes, citing data from the social insurance board ZUS and other sources.

Of the people employed at ZUS in 2012, as many as 86.01% were women, according to a recent report from the institution. Of the total 3.5 million employees of the public sector, 1 million work in education and another 500,000 in health care - two sectors traditionally dominated by women.

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

November 28th – Last day of gift collections for the British School’s, Christmas Giving Tree for our PromiseKids.

December 9-22nd – Makro Cash & Carry Christmas Campaign

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

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."

-- James Russell Lowell

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