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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 7 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.

September 1, 2014, Vol. 11, No.26

"Do not be afraid of death. Be afraid of the half-lived Life"
-- Laird Hamilton

GHELAMCO SPORTS CAMP

You can almost detect the smell of fall in the air as our PromiseKids in all our 10 PromiseSchools head off down the road for their first day of school this morning. As wonderful as summer vacation may be, our PromiseKids love the excitement and cheer associated with their return to school each year.

Some of the kids will be bursting with wonderful stories about their summer vacations. This will be the case for the 21 Primary students from the Nielep and Brzezno PromiseLand Schools who attended the Ghelamco sponsored Summer Sports Camp at the Janina Resort in Leba, (located near the Baltic Sea). These kids spent an unforgettable 3 days playing games, kickboxing, dancing, volleyball and many other such activities. For most of our kids, it was the first time they had ever visited the Polish seaside, and boy, did they love it!

The Highlight and biggest attraction was the Sea Park and the Jurasic Park.

We send out a special thanks to Ghelamco’s CEO Jeroen van de Toolen, who along with his team, organized and directed the Summer Sports Camp. We also thank our super foundation member Coca-Cola for providing soft drinks for our kid’s meals and activities.

Hope you enjoy the following photos of our Summer Sports Camp.

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL SCHOLARS TAKE OVER WARSAW
“Living the InterContinental Life”!

The top 10 scholars from our PromiseLand schools were the guests of the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw from August 8-11th. Each of our PromiseLand Schools selected their best all-around student to qualify as an InterContinental Scholar and boarded a bus for a trip of a lifetime.

This was the 7th year in a row that the InterContinental Hotel hosted the InterContinental Scholars Program for our PromiseKids. The kids graduated from their respective schools and prepared for this life-changing 3-night 4 day trip they will never forget. We speak for all the Scholars when we say: "InterContinental, you are the best!" We'd like to express our gratitude to the General Manager of the InterContinental Hotel, Marten Schoenrock, for this special gift to our PromiseKids.

We extend our thanks to member company Coca Cola for providing drinks for the kid’s trip.

We thought you would like to see the faces of these great kids as they experienced the InterContinental life in Warsaw.

ALIGNING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT WITH CORPORATE STRATEGY

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce report, 70% of the American workforce is “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” with their work. These employees are more likely to be emotionally disconnected from their workplace and less likely to be productive as a whole.

Additionally, many American workers do not feel that they understand their company’s brand promise and brand differentiation, meaning they are unable to effectively communicate this to customers, or become more connected to the company themselves. This inability to articulate the goals and vision of one’s company can only add to the likelihood of disengagement by employees in their daily work.

NUMBER OF WOMEN IN POLAND GIVING BIRTH INCREASES

There were reports in Puls Biznesu this week that the number of women giving birth in Poland is growing.

According to data put out by the Central Statistical Office (GUS), a total of 186,000 babies were born on Polish soil during the first half of 2014 - 5,500 more compared to the same period last year.

“This is a good sign,” says GUS President Janusz Witkowski. However he adds that it is still too early to judge any fundamental changes. “To fully estimate the figures and what effect they will have, we need to wait a year to collect the entire data.”

The paper writes that it is a particularly encouraging time as the age of those choosing to have children is falling and that a similar trend was noticed in late 1990 and 1991. Mr. Witkowski adds that an extension in the amount of maternity leave offered to new parents may have played some role. “This may have had a positive impact on the figures,” he states.

THANK YOU FOUNDATION MEMBERS

On behalf of the Foundation and our Promisekids, I would like to thank you, our member companies and CEO’s, for the leadership you have shown in developing your Corporate Responsibility Strategies and the support you have given to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program and other FCSR initiatives throughout 2014.

We could not have done any of this without you. We look forward to continuing our work together during the new school year, and wish you much “sustainable success” throughout the balance of the school year...

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

July - August, 2014 - Sports camp for promiskieds sponsored by Ghelamco.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself."

-- Epictetus

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