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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 11, 2013 Vol. 10, No.34

"I look up to the people who keep on dancing even after the music has stopped, because those are the people who will keep on trying even after all hope is lost."
-- Author Unknown

DINNER DANCE RESERVATIONS

I devoted a lot of time this past week writing individual letters to the CEOs of our Foundation’s member companies. My purpose was to remind them to reserve their Dinner Dance tables early. We want to be sure that our members get first choice in table selections before we accept reservations from the general public. Actually, their isn’t a bad table in the entire Grand Ballroom of the Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center, but some are better than others, and we want to give our member companies first shot..

Our Annual Dinner Dance is the highlight of our Foundation’s busy year. This is not true just for our members and guests, but for the 50 PromiseKids who have been preparing for the occasion for the past three months. The reality that we are just a few weeks away from the February 3rd extravaganza came to light this week with the arrival of some of our elegant costumes.

Our Dinner Dance theme this year is CELEBRATING HOLLYWOOD and our PromiseKids will highlight some of Hollywood’s most famous music by singing and dancing to songs from the Pirates of the Caribbean, Dirty Dancing and many more... (see below)

We must be doing something right to get “The Best Band in the Land,” 36.6, to play for our 11th Anniversary Dinner Dance, just as they have for our 10 previous Dinner Dances. 36.6 has become one of the most sought after bands in Poland and we are truly honored that they will be performing for your listening and dancing pleasure on February 3rd.

To accommodate all those who want to attend this year’s Dinner Dance, we have already assigned tables to our active member companies. Member CEOs will have received table reservations from me last week. When we are comfortable that our members have been satisfied, we will then open reservations to non-members.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO DANUTA KALITA AND DAN MARKET

Dan Market has been a member of our Foundation from its inception 10 years ago. They have provided all of our printed materials from business cards to promotional flyers. Dan Market President Danuta Kalita has always been there when we needed her, and we want to let all of our members know what an incredible company she leads.

DanMarket has been in operation since 1989, and is one of the most experienced and professional advertising and publishing agencies in Poland.

DanMarket was chosen from millions of professionals to become members of the International WHO'S WHO of Professionals for the years 1999 and 2001. In doing so, Danuta became a member of the100 year old exclusive organization of 100,000 of the most prominent professionals in the world.

Full service advertising is DanMarket’s trump card. They provide their customers with strategic planning, advertising campaigns, graphic design, and creative concepts for television and radio. They also own a fully equipped graphics studio and printing house, and they employ some of the best graphic designers in Poland.

Thank you Danuta for all you have done to promote our Foundation by giving us the best of your advertising and publishing skills.

TEACHERS TO PROTEST AGAINST CHANGES TO TEACHER’S CHARTER

Teachers' trade unions ZNP and 'Solidarnosc' (Solidarity) are threatening with protests against changes introduced to the teacher charter and plan to stage a nationwide protest on November 23, ZNP head Sławomir Broniarz said at a press conference this week.

The Education Ministry wants to meet the demands of local governments, for whom financing schools has become a serious financial burden. Thus it proposed reduction of teachers' holidays from 70 to 47 days a year, limitation of access to holidays for health problems (on which local authorities spend some PLN 700 million annually), and shifting decision on teachers' promotions to local authorities.

GROUP LAYOFFS SEEN

According to data from the Ministry of Labor published by Rzeczpospolita, 349 Polish businesses planned to cut employment by 37,500 people in group layoff procedures at the beginning of Q4 2013.

The highest number of layoffs was planned in the Mazowieckie (24,200 employees) and Śląskie (6,500) voivodships. The numbers are about 1,000 higher than in plans recorded a year ago. In January-September 2013, 29,800 employees lost their jobs in group layoffs. In the corresponding period of 2012 the number stood at 26,400. The numbers were highest in Śląskie (10,900) and Mazowieckie (6,300).

EUROSTAT: POLAND’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 10.4%

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Poland was 10.4 percent in September, the EU's statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday. The figure has remained stable for the third consecutive month. Year-on-year the unemployment rate grew by 0.1 percentage point.

Throughout the EU, seasonally adjusted unemployment was at 11 percent in September, unchanged since June this year. In September 2012 the figure was 10.6 percent. In the euro area, the unemployment rate was 12.2 percent, unchanged since August and up by 6 percentage points since September 2012.

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

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

-- Aristotle

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