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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 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.

April14, 2014 Vol. 11, No.15

"With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose."
-- Wayne W. Dyer

DANCING WITH THE STARS, REALLY!

Most of us have seen one or more of the popular TV dance programs sweeping the world with grandiose production numbers, sophisticated dance steps, and elaborate costumes. Well, these big budget programs have nothing on our Oparzno School PromiseKids as they prepare for our own Annual “You Can Dance in the PromiseLand” (YCD) contest taking place in our PromiseLand Schools.

We thought we would share our own brand of costumes designed and produced by our PromiseKids for the auditions taking place this past week at the Oparzno School. Aren’t they cute? They have very little to work with, but we commend their special talents.

(YCD) is the Foundation's initiative to help promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. The YCD competition has become one of the favorite programs among all kids in our schools. Two hundred PromiseKids from 9 of our schools are eligible to participate. The rules are the same as in the famous TV Show: "You Can Dance." Talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Popping, Salsa, Quickstep, and Jive compete will be named the PromiseLand's Best Dancers.

Congratulations Kids for your creative costumes. We’ll see you in the finals on May 9th at the Lekowo School.

THE BEST EASTER CARD RESULTS ARE IN…

I know you all have been waiting with bated breath for the final results of our Easter Card competition at the Bierzwnica Primary School in the PromiseLand. Well the final results are in above:

And let me tell you about the very special prizes donated to our Easter Card contestants by our incredible Foundation Member Marta Waś, Managing Director of Primo Polska, S.A.:

Primo Polska is the exclusive distributor in Poland for following brands: Faber-Castell, Graf von Faber–Castell, Adel, and Eberchard Faber.

And it all began with a pencil...

It was 1761, when cabinet maker Kaspar Faber, settled in Stein, near Nuremberg in Germany, to make his first simple pencils. He took care to plane and glue each of them by hand. This quality craftsmanship proved worthy, and the Nuremberg market for his pencils flourished and the family dynasty of pencil markers had begun.

Now Faber-Castell is one of the world’s leading manufactures of high-quality products of writing, coloring and creative design. It is one of the oldest industrial companies in the world and is in its 8th generation and has significantly expanded its Global operations.

Today, the Faber-Castell group produces over 2 billion black-lead and color pencils every year, making it the world’s largest pencil manufacturer. Faber-Castell employs approximately 6,500 people in 16 production sites and 20 sales organizations around the world.

Marta Was wasn’t around 250 years ago, but she exemplifies the same company vision that "Quality and innovation leads to success.” Thank you again Marta for all you do to help our PromiseKids live a better life. You are the best…

BEING A PURPOSE DRIVEN BUSINESS – A CASE FOR CSR

Employees and executives feel more confident about the future of their companies when the business model involves more than just the bottom line.

Work for an organization with a strong sense of purpose? Your company is probably more confident in its prospects for future growth, and as a result, invests heavily in initiatives that lead to long-term growth. That's the takeaway from this year's annual Deloitte Core Beliefs & Culture Survey, an annual report designed to examine workplace culture.

The report--based on a survey of 1,053 executives and employees with full-time jobs in organizations with over 100 employees--found that 82% of respondents working at an organization with a strong sense of purpose believe that their organization will grow over the next year. In comparison, just 48% of respondents working for companies without a sense of purpose are hopeful about growth prospects.

According to respondents, a commitment to top-notch qualities and services is the main driver of confidence for purpose-driven companies. For all other companies, it's all about the bottom line. But a focus on the immediate bottom line--without a purpose attached--isn't necessarily a good thing, especially for employees: respondents working for purpose-driven organization report higher levels of employee engagement at their companies, as well as access to more tools and resources for career training and development.

The same goes for investors. Some 74% of employees and executives at purpose-driven companies say that investors are confident in their growth over the next year, compared to 52% for other companies. And overall, respondents at purpose-driven companies were more optimistic about their organization's ability to stay ahead in the future (83%) in comparison to other organizations (42%).

Last year, the survey came up with similar findings. Some 90% of respondents who believed their organization had a sense of purpose reported a strong financial showing in their business over the past year.

HEWLETT-PACKARD ACKNOWLEDGES CORRUPT ACTIVITIES IN POLAND

US computer giant Hewlett-Packard acknowledged that its Poland arm paid bribes to win public contracts in Poland, company’s officials said Wednesday.

“It's a breakthrough moment in Poland when a great international company acknowledges its corrupt activities in Poland," Polish Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz told Polish public radio.

The HP case follows an investigation of bribe-related actions, in the years 2007-2010, at major information technology companies operating in Poland, the so-called “Infoafera”.

Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) launched an investigation of major information technology companies in Poland in 2011, uncovering alleged bribes paid in exchange for government computer contracts. The case centered around a former government official who was initially in charge of IT with the national police headquarters, and later became head of the IT Projects Center, a state agency at the Polish Interior Ministry. A total of 41 people from IT companies, government officials and former police officers were charged as part of the inquiry.

Polish prosecutors say that the Polish arm of HP allegedly paid bribes worth more than $500,000 to Polish government officials for help to win contracts for computer equipment supplies to the Polish police headquarters. The alleged corruption took place between the beginning of 2007 and the end of 2009.

"The corrupt activities were limited to a small number of people who are no longer employed by the company," John Schultz, executive vice president and general counsel for the company said in a statement.

Sienkiewicz said CBA had cooperated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission on the issue.

So much for CSR at HP! We're happy HP never joined our Foundation!

ENERGY STAR FOR COLGATE-PALMOLIVE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized Colgate-Palmolive with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. This award highlights Colgate’s continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency.

“At Colgate, we’re committed to our partnership with the EPA and its ENERGY STAR program and are proud to receive the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,” said Mike Corbo, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Colgate-Palmolive. “We remain dedicated to increasing energy efficiency in our manufacturing and supply chain practices, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency is an important part of the Company’s global sustainability efforts. Since the establishment of the Colgate Global Energy Reduction Team in 2003, Colgate has developed an effective energy management structure based on ENERGY STAR guidelines.

The 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. These winners, selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches.

Now, that’s CSR Colgate-Palmolive! We're proud to have you as a member of our Foundation!

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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

April, 2014 - British School of Warsaw Spring Clothing (shoe) Collection

May 9, 2014 - Final contest for “You can Dance in the Promiseland” at the Lekowo School

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"You cannot drive your car looking in the rear view mirror. Focus on going forward."

-- Steve Harvey

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