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 6 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 10, 2014 Vol. 11, No.10
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
-- Will Rogers
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When it comes to corporate citizenship, above-average industry performers are more likely to have a formal corporate citizenship department, a program led at the executive level, and higher budgets for corporate citizenship and charitable giving.
These are the findings of the Profile of the Practice 2013, a biennial signature research report from the Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
The Profile of the Practice 2013 explores how the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) dimensions of business—corporate citizenship—are managed in today’s business world, and how these practices have evolved since the last report in 2010. It is based on a survey of 231 companies that provided data on their corporate citizenship strategies, operational structures, and business practices.
“Corporate citizenship is managed at higher levels, corporate citizenship leaders are better compensated, and more companies establish both board committees and official budgeted departments to manage their programs,” said Katherine Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “These are all signs that CSR continues to be more deeply embedded in business as more executives realize that positive environmental, social and governance measures correlate to positive financial performance, improved reputation, and solid risk management.”
Among the reports key findings:
Increased responsibility at the top
Almost 60% of companies have an executive leading corporate citizenship. This is a 74% increase over what was reported in 2010. Close to one-third of corporate citizenship leaders are within one level of the chief executive.
More money budgeted for corporate citizenship
Almost 100% of companies have a corporate citizenship budget today, while just 81% reported being budgeted in 2010.
Leaders are more engaged
The chief executive is more involved in developing strategy, setting goals, and communicating corporate citizenship than reported in both 2008 and 2010. More than 25% indicate that their chief executive is highly involved in corporate citizenship program evaluation.
Reputation enhancement is an important business goal
More than 70% of companies cited enhanced reputation among the top three business goals they are trying to achieve through their corporate citizenship efforts. The next most frequently cited goals are improving employee retention (45%), improving employee recruitment (41%), attracting new customers (33%), and improving risk management (22%).
The majority of Poles (79 percent) have a negative opinion of the current health care system in Poland, according to a survey carried out by TNS Polska. Only 18 percent have a positive opinion. The pollster said that over the past seven years the number of people satisfied with the health service has declined by 9 percentage points. Over the same time the number of those who have a negative opinion has grown by 11 points.
The poll also showed that 65 percent of the respondents believe that a country at the level of economic development that Poland has achieved should be able to provide its citizens with a better health care system.
The World Bank has criticized soft road laws, poor infrastructure and bad organization when it comes to ensuring road safety as some of the reasons for numerous road accidents in Poland. There are many organs dealing with road safety in Poland but no one organization which would coordinate their actions.
There is also a lot to be done in the social sphere. Poles find it difficult to shed their post-communist mentality where the onus is not placed on equality before the law but on strength. Andrzej Markowski, a transport psychologist, said that in the UK, most drivers stop at the sight of a pedestrian at a crossing but in Poland a pedestrian is still seen as weaker than a driver and it is expected that he should make way for the car and not the other way around.
In 2013, there were more than 350,000 accidents with 44,000 people injured and 3300 killed in Poland.
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