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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 25, 2013 Vol. 10, No.36

"And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time."
-- Libba Bray

MAKRO CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR OUR PROMISEKIDS DECEMBER 9-22th

We are happy to introduce the new Makro Christmas Campaign Poster (above) that will adorn all 25 Makro Cash & Carry stores in Poland from December 9-22nd. We are so pleased that Makro decided to conduct the 2-week fundraising campaign on behalf of our Foundation again this year.

For those who don’t know, Makro Cash & Carry is a member of the 3rd largest retail group in the world, the Metro Group. Makro is a wholesaler offering a food and non-food product mix to its registered card-holding customers in a national network. Makro is a unique food and non-food concept, offering a wholesale solution to professional business needs.

Makro is a major buying experience offering its customers large wholesale choices, value and service. Makro’s vast experience means that it knows exactly what customers want from a cash and carry store. While quality and service are vital, it’s the Makro pricing policy, covering over 40,000 products, that has made the Makro chain so famous and popular.

For those of you who don’t have a Makro membership card, we recommend you get one before the Christmas shopping season gets fully underway. Be sure you remember our PromiseKids this holiday season. Be sure to thank all the Makro employees you encounter for all they are doing to make life better for so many needy children.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT CHRISTMAS TIME

A recent study found that “more than four in five people (83 percent) received unwanted gift items and almost half (46 percent) resold or re-gifted, that is, gave the unwanted gift to someone else as a "gift.” This holiday season, the National Retailers Federation forecast that $5.8 billion will be spent on gifts. If you do the math, you’ll discover that a shocking $4.8 billion will be spent on unwanted gifts. What a terrible thing…

With all this money at stake, I wonder how much better it would be for all of us to give socially responsible gifts that people actually needed and wanted. Perhaps we could inspire like-minded people to channel their collective purchasing power to support companies and organizations that share a vision of a better world.

This is where the rubber meets the road...every time we buy things, we are voting in favor or against how companies operate. Some companies are doing it the right way, and some are not. Buy your Christmas gifts from socially responsible companies like those who are members of our Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility to be sure that the best companies get your vote.

Poland's food prices are expected to increase at a single-digit pace year on year in the 2013 Holiday season, Poland's Agriculture Minister told PAP Polish news agency.

“Food prices for Christmas will surely be higher than last year; I think it will be a growth by several per cent, but surely below 10%. Higher prices are primarily an effect of higher commodity prices, including food prices, on the global market.”

If you prefer, please give money directly to our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program via PayPal. I can assure you that our kids will appreciate your gifts and expressions of love and caring this Christmas season.

We know the holidays are a very busy time, but we hope you will remember to include the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility as part of your end-of-year giving plans.

MILK PRICES RISE

The price of milk is surging as dairy producers show increased demand in order to step up exports of their goods, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports citing sector representatives.

In October the price of milk rose to PLN 143.02 per hectoliter, a level last seen in 2007, and up by 21.4% year on year

Dairy producer Ostrowia noted a 6% monthly rise of milk prices in October. The firm plans to increase daily purchases of milk from 100,000 liters at present to 500,000 liters by 2015.

Companies want to achieve full production capacity in order to reduce costs and become more competitive when the EU lifts milk production quotas in 2015.

Polish dairy exports volume in 2013 is expected to reach PLN 2.4 billion liters, up by 100 million liters from 2012.

TEACHERS HOLD NATIONWIDE DEMONSTATION

The Union of Polish Teachers (ZNP) on Wednesday upheld its negative evaluation of proposed changes to the education system and the Teacher's Charter and went ahead with an all-Poland demonstration in Warsaw.

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

Two weeks ago ZNP asked the education ministry not to implement the changes, but it did no good.

POLAND 113th IN PAYING TAXES

Poland was ranked 113th in Paying Taxes according to a report compiled by PwC and the World Bank. The report assesses tax systems in 189 countries and ranks them according to the ease of paying taxes. Poland's total tax rate is 41.6 percent, compared to the EU-EFTA regional average of 41.1 percent, the report said. The total rate includes taxes on profits (14.1 percent), work-related taxes (26 percent) and others.

The total number of tax payments in the country is 18, compared to the EU-EFTA regional average of 13.1. The United Arab Emirates were ranked highest in the report and Chad was ranked lowest. Out of CEE countries Slovakia came in higher than Poland on the 102nd place, while the Czech Republic was ranked 122nd and Hungary was 124th.

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 Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30. Make your table reservations now!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Never place a period where God has placed a comma."

-- Gracie Allen

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