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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.

November 17, 2014 Vol. 11, No.37

"No matter how much you revisit the past there's nothing new to see."
-- Robert Tew

NIELEP PROMISEKIDS SHINE IN COMPETITION

On November 14th, students from the Nielep School participated in a Patriotic Song Competition in Świdwin, on center stage of the city's Medieval Castle. Over 250 contestants took part in this very popular, annual singing competition.

Under the wings of FCSR Director, Basia Kolasinska, the PromiseKids sang a medley of Polish patriotic songs including, "Przybyli Ułani" (Lancers Came Into the Window) and "Wojenko, Wojenko" (War, Oh War). FCSR student, Marcelina Kosińska gave an outstanding solo performance, singing: "Biały Krzyż" (White Cross) and "Dziś Idę Walczyć Mamo" (Mom, Today I'm Going to Fight).

We are very proud to say that the Nielep choral group took third place, while lovely Marcelina received second place! Great job Basia and congratulations to all our PromiseKid Singers! And don’t they look great in their costumes?

NEW GENERATION OF CSOs INCLUDES MORE WOMEN

A new report from the Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting has documented some major shifts in the ranks of America’s Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs). Since the last report was published in 2011, fifty companies added CSO positions to their C-Suite.

Women now make up 42% of CSOs, a 53% share leap in three years.

The first CSO was appointed in 2008. Since then, the US ranks have grown to a total of 36 today with more than 40% moving on to retirement or other posts from 2011-2014.

For this first generation, most CSOs experienced the position as the apex of their careers. But, with sustainability as a business imperative much more widely accepted today, the role of CSO is maturing and offering new job opportunities.

POLES SPENT PLN 41 BILLION ON ALCOHOL IN 2013

According to the report by KPMG consultancy, Poles bought PLN 41.1 billion worth of alcohol products last year. Most of this was spent on beer (47 percent) and vodka (30.7 percent). Out of that figure, 31 percent was spent on so-called premium products while 26 percent on economy brands. Market experts polled by KPMG, estimate that while beer sales will grow by 4 percent next year, the market is nearing its potential, while vodka sales should decline by 4 percent this year and another 3 percent in 2015, mostly because of the increase of the excise tax (by 15 percent at the beginning of this year), and Poles changing their drinking habits.

Poles are turning to higher quality products and brands associated with higher value. There is also a strong push towards innovation, meaning Poles are trying new products and tastes, said Andrzej Bernatek, partner at KPMG. Due to all this, experts predict the whiskey segment to rise by some 8 percent in 2014 and 2015 each.

POLES WILL SPEND MORE AT CHRISTMAS TIME – DELOITTE

The average Polish family will spend PLN 1,160 during the Christmas season, said a Deloitte press release. This is a 13 percent increase from a year ago. It is one of the highest increases in seasonal spending in Europe. Poles will most likely shop at discounters and low-price stores as well as online, with books as the top present of choice. Poles also spend a considerable amount of money on visiting relatives.

Consumers in Poland show more optimism about future earnings than their Southern European counterparts, although their optimism is not necessarily reflected in real terms, as “36 percent of Poles experienced a y/y worsening financial situation in 2014”, said Magdalena Jończak, Director of the Consulting Department at Deloitte. The study examined 16 European countries and South Africa. A large number of the countries surveyed showed a decrease in seasonal spending.

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

February 9, 2015- FCSR Annual Dinner Dance, 18:30, Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets on sale now. PLN 2400 per table of ten. Contact Natalie at FCSR Warsaw office for details.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

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