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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.

Newsletter January 12, 2015 Vol. 12, No. 1

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-- Henry David Thoreau

12th ANNUAL FCSR DINNER DANCE JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

KEEP CALM AND DANCE ON is the slogan for this year’s Dinner Dance. Time is moving on and our Foundation's 12th Annual Dinner Dance is only one month away. February 9th will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to make your arrangements to attend this gala event and show your support of our Foundation’s programs that make life better for our FCSR PromiseKids.

I can’t think of a better way to entertain your clients, board members, executive staff, employees and friends than by hosting a company table at our Dinner Dance. Research has shown over and over again that employees of socially responsible companies are more loyal, trustworthy and likely to keep their jobs. Show them what your company stands for and invite your staff to participate in this hugely successful, fun and rewarding event that helps further Corporate Social Responsibility in Poland.

Our PromiseKids are back in school and abuzz with final rehearsals, costume fittings, last minute adjustments and excitement galore as they prepare for our 12th Annual Dinner Dance at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center on February 9th, 2015 at 18:30, Basia, FCSR Arts Director, says it’s the best group of performers ever, and they can’t wait to dazzle you with their dancing, singing skills, and their infectious energy!

The Hilton Staff is busy planning a delectable menu, designing the ballroom and polishing up the dance floor for our guests. The “best band in the land”, 36.6 is ready to go!

We are selling tables quickly, so if you haven’t done it yet, get your table reservations and payments in to Natalie ASAP! You don’t want to miss this incredible celebration.

As in previous years, we don’t issue tickets. We ask that table holders submit a list of their guests so we can easily identify them at the door. Ours is not a “Black Tie” event, and business casual attire will be just perfect for the occasion. The price of a table for 10 guests (2,400 PLN) is all inclusive of beer, wine, 5-star Hilton dinner, and a star-studded production by the PromiseKids.

Cocktails begin at 18:30 and the dance music ends at 23:00.

SEE YOUR TAX RETURN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

We are pleased to announce that we have “kicked off” our 2015 1% tax reduction program with the above advertisement. Polish taxpayers are encouraged to contribute 1% of the tax they owe to the Polish Government, to a charity or foundation of their choice. All contributions are voluntary. We received a great deal of support last year from our members and friends. We look forward to your continued support.

This government program provides an opportunity to take an active role in charity giving. Just let the tax office know that 1% of the money you owe to the Polish Government should be designated to the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. At the end of the year, just like magic, your contribution will show up in our account.

Ask your accountant or contact our office if you have questions about the program, and keep your eyes open for our 1% poster.

CSR AND PRODUCTIVITY

Working to benefit a good cause increases productivity by up to 30 per cent, according to the findings of a new study from the University of Southampton.

When workers are given a social incentive such as a charitable donation linked to their job, performance increases by an average of 13 per cent, rising to 30 per cent among those who are initially the least productive.

"A lot of studies have shown how financial incentives, like bonuses and stock options, can improve performance," says University of Southampton economist Dr Mirco Tonin, lead author of the study. "But our results provide empirical support for the growing recognition that some workers are also motivated by advancing social causes through their efforts."

Performance was most improved (increasing by 26 per cent overall) when workers could decide how much of their pay they wanted contribute. When donations were optional, over half of participants chose to give a proportion of their own pay to a charity of their choice.

Researchers offered students at University of Southampton the chance to take part in the study, which involved completing four one-hour online data entry sessions over the course of a week. Productivity was measured by the number of entries students made within the sessions and the accuracy of those entries.

INCREASE IN WAGES IN 2014

3.5 percent is how much real wages grew in 2014, according to estimates by Rzeczpospolita based on the data provided by the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) and the National Bank of Poland (NBP).

POLISH HOTEL INDUSTRY

15.8 million is how many tourists stayed in Polish hotels in 2014, according to the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry.

SALARIES UP BY 2.7%

The average monthly salary in the Polish enterprise sector grew by 2.7 percent year- on-year and amounted to PLN 4004.80 in November, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Tuesday. In month-on-month terms salaries grew by 0.6 percent. Economists polled by the Polish Press Agency had expected salaries to grow by 3.6 percent y/y and by 1.3 percent m/m. Employment in the sector amounted to 5,550,800, GUS said. It inched up by 0.9 percent y/y and by 0.1 percent m/m. Analysts had expected employment to grow by 0.8 percent y/y and 0.1 percent.

MORE MEN TAKE PATERNITY LEAVE

One-fifth of men legally allowed to take paternity leave have taken advantage of the two-week allowable absence from work in order to take care of their newborn children. This amounts to 120,000 men on paternity between January and November of 2014. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported that demographers are noticing a shift in traditional parenting roles.

The policies may also influence the gap between women’s and men’s wages. Employers will get used to both men and women taking time off of work to take care of their children. Parental leave in Poland for families with newborn children have been prolonged in the last eight years to an optional leave of over one year.

UK LABOR AGAINST EXPLOITATION OF IMMIGRANTS

UK opposition leader Ed Miliband has vowed more stringent control of opportunistic hiring of immigrants. Polish immigrants have recently been under fire from the conservatives for taking advantage of social welfare payments in the UK. Miliband wants to protect the minimum wage and stop temp agency hiring as well as recruitment abroad.

Exploitation of workers would become an offense. Polish workers would not get benefits for two years after arrival. Integration and learning English will be a priority. When people can be exploited for low wages or endangered at work, it drags the whole system down, undercutting the pay and conditions of local workers, said the Labor leader.

GERMANY CRACKS DOWN ON IMMIGRANT WELFARE

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported on the end of welfare tourism, commenting on the German state’s more stringent laws against benefit claimants, including Polish citizens. Along with the UK and the Netherlands, the German government has passed a law that will limit the presence of foreigners who are searching for work up to six months.

Unemployed persons who don’t find work within six months will lose their ability to stay in the country legally. People who simulate self-employment or receive child support through illegal means will be cut off. According to the German Institute for Employment Research (IAB), The flow of Polish migrants into Germany is climbing at a rate of 12 percent year-on-year and Germany is the country with the highest Polish immigrant population after the UK.

NO PRICE GROWTH EXPECTED

The future inflation index calculated by the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) rose insignificantly month-on-month in December, according to data quoted by the Polish Press Agency. Only three of the nine factors contributing to the indicator registered growth last month. Other factors acted in favor of prices decline or stability. Business expectations for price growth slightly intensified, transportation and warehousing prices and unit labor costs grew month-on-month BIEC analysts.

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.

A FINAL WORD

Make your reservations for our 12th Annual Dinner Dance on February 9th. We are waiting for you call!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-- Henry David Thoreau

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