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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 22, 2014, Vol. 11, No.29

"If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever."
-- Dalai Lama

“DREAMS COME TRUE” INTERACTIVE ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAM TO START UP AGAIN IN OCTOBER

We started the “Dreams Come True” English Program in 2009, and over the past five years, we have successfully provided it to 1000 of our PromiseKids. It's not a one-school-year course of study; it's a continuing process of learning English. The kids start at the age of 11, and they finish when they're 16. During these 5 years they have had a chance to learn and improve their language skills greatly.

In April 2015, all 6th grades will have to pass a foreign language test (according to the law, they can chose any foreign language they had in the school curriculum: English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian).For the first time, our PromiseKids will be able to test their English skills. We know our kids will do well and won’t be limited to only their Polish and mathematical-science tests.

Demonstration

When you click below, you'll find a demo of the course for 4-6 graders.

http://www.ydp.pl/angielski-dla-nastolatkow-poziom-1-lesson-1-perfect-day

The cost of the Dreams Come True program 2014/15 is 140 PLN ($43 USD) per child (license) for the entire school. Due to the reduction of kids in the schools, we will be forced to reduce the number of PromiseKids in the "Dreams Come True" program to 100.

Please let us know if you would like to help support the 2014-2015 “Dreams Come True” program by contacting Natalie Marciniak at 605 99 1716 or at email: FCSR@chasey.ipgate.pl

LABOR MINISTRY MAY SPEND MILLIONS TO BOOST EMPLOYMENT

Poland’s Ministry of Labor and Social Policy would like to secure additional fund to enhance employment among the country’s youth, reports Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Talks with the Ministry of Finance are scheduled to happen soon.

The Labor Ministry’s initial plan sees PLN 60 million spent on that goal in 2015.Economists quoted by the Daily speak in favor of the policy, even if it is at the cost of cutting support for employment of over-50-year-olds. In their opinion, the money could help prevent a new wave of emigration.

PROSPERITY INDEX INCHES DOWN IN SEPTEMBER

The prosperity index calculated by the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) inched down by 0.2 points month-on-month in September, the Polish Press Agency reports.

Changes in the indicator have been only slight since its maximum in May, BIEC said. This means that the economic situation of households is neither improving nor getting worse. The decline of consumer prices was visible mostly in food and clothing. At the same time, the situation of employees improved only slightly, BIEC analysts said.

BUSINESS AS USUAL…

Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires a new generation to work for a sustainable future, released its 2014 edition of Business as UNusual: The Social and Environmental Impact Guide to Graduate Programs – For Students by Students. Key findings suggest that social and environmental issues are a growing priority for students who pursue a graduate education, and that student expectations have increased as a result.

FIVE TRENDS THAT SHOW THAT CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS HERE TO STAY

Sustainability began as an ad-hoc response to environmental accidents but has evolved into a global movement. Regardless of whether you call it CSR, corporate responsibility, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) or sustainability, a common understanding is emerging around the world: a company's long-term financial success goes hand in hand with its record on social responsibility, environmental stewardship and corporate ethics.

What began as ad-hoc damage-control responses by business to environmental accidents, corruption scandals or accusations of child labor in supply chains, has evolved into a proactive, coherent global movement. As business has gone global in recent decades – spurred by technology and liberal trade and investment – so too has the idea and practice of corporate responsibility.

The costs to business and society of getting it wrong and the benefits of getting it right are increasingly apparent. However, the question remains whether this is a passing trend or one that will continue to reshape the profile of business. Several big trends indicate that corporate sustainability is here to stay:

1. Transparency

As with technological change, transparency is an irreversible force. Reporting and disclosure will undoubtedly continue to grow, driven by ever-lower barriers to information access, higher public interest and regulatory changes. Already over 5,000 corporations disclose their ESG performance on an annual basis, and this number is bound to grow.

2. Trust

The ever-growing impact of business on society means that citizens and consumers expect corporate power to be exerted responsibly. As citizens more often are skeptical, self-organized and prone to challenge authority, the corporate community will have to raise its learning curve on building trust. This means being proactive and thorough in how a company views its responsibilities and impacts on society, and then showing how it manages operations accordingly.

3. Community participation

Business is expected to do more in areas that used to be the exclusive domain of the public sector – ranging from health and education, to community investment and environmental stewardship. Environmental issues are a good example of this blurred line. Natural resources are now recognized to be finite and under stress. What was once unthinkable is becoming reality: water and even air now come with price tags. Companies that collaborate with scientists, civil society and public regulators and show early on that they are part of the solution will come out ahead.

4. Accessing new markets responsibly

Business is moving from resource taker to market builder. With economic growth migrating southward and eastward, foreign direct investment is becoming more about building and gaining access to new markets and less about simply exploiting low-cost inputs. Overcoming barriers to growth, such as civil violence, uneducated workforce and unsustainable sources of energy, water, minerals and soil is now in the interest of business.

5. Initiatives to engage companies

Means for engaging in corporate sustainability are plentiful and growing. Initiatives, standards and consultancies are booming at national and global levels. The UN Global Compact is engaging 8,000 companies in more than 145 countries on human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption. Many others are producing practical resources in key areas.

For business, environmental, social and governance responsibilities are no longer add-ons. They are integral to success. While the great majority of companies have yet to commit to this trajectory, there is a strong upward growth curve in actively engaged companies, with a vanguard taking serious action in all key markets. The growing feeling is that corporate sustainability has drawn a line in the sand, and it's best for business to get on the right side.
- Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact

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

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."

-- John Burroughs

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