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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.

January 19, 2015 Vol. 12, No. 2

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
-- Mark Twain

DINNER DANCE JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY

We are grateful to all our members, friends and guests for making reservations for our 12th Annual Dinner Dance on February 9th. Without your continued support, we would never have been able to support our Foundation’s PromiseKids over the past 12 years. As we make our final preparations for the 12th Dinner Dance, we would like to recognize those companies and individuals that have gone above and beyond in their commitment to our Foundation.

Warsaw Hilton Hotel and Convention Center

Hilton General Manager, Erwin Verhoog announced last summer that the Hilton Hotel would once again sponsor our Foundation’s Dinner Dance. We would like to thank Erwin and his incredible staff for making this major commitment to our Foundation. Hilton’s sponsorship of the Dinner Dance includes: rooms and meals for our 50 PromiseKids, the use of the Hilton Grand Ballroom, and a 5-star dinner for our Dinner Dance Guests. Thank you Erwin.

Grand Cru

Dobre Wina – We thank Grand Cru for providing the wine for our Dinner Dance. We can’t thank Grand Cru President, Peter Pulawski, enough for this incredible contribution for the second year in a row. Grand Cru was founded by and is managed by Peter, a Dane, with a Polish and Swedish background. He decided to create a company offering "GOOD WINES AT DECENT PRICES." Grand Cru carefully selects top-quality wines with character, mainly via personal contacts with producers and suppliers from the most important wine-making regions of the world.

We know that Peter will select just the right wines for our gala evening. Thanks Peter!

KFC

Lunch at KFC is a major highlight for our PromiseKids. They just love the “finger Licking” taste of KFC, and can’t seem to get enough of this delicious chicken. There are no KFC stores near the PromiseLand, so this trip to Warsaw helps ease their KFC cravings.

KFC is a part of the AmRest restaurant group, an international fast-food and restaurant operator. KFC has been a member of our Foundation from its inception 12 years ago. Thank you KFC!

Brill AV Media

It is with great pleasure that we thank Brill AV Media Ltd. for providing the lighting and sound for our Dinner Dance. Brill has provided this service to our PromiseKids for the past 6 years. It is such a pleasure to work with Brill's General Manager for Poland, Michal Czerniak.

Brill AV Media specializes in providing Audio Visual services for all kinds of meetings and events. Simultaneous translation,voting systems,projection systems,sound technology and lighting are only a few of the services Brill can deliver. Professionalism, experience and a wide range of cutting edge technical equipment are the features that Brill AV Media offers to its customers and partners. Sustainable adaptation of the latest techniques allows Brill to become a partner of some of the finest conference centers in Warsaw, like the Hilton Hotel.

The professionals at Brill give nothing but the best. We thank Brill for their continued support of our Foundation and our PromiseKids. Brill AV Media is leaving tracks that will be known forever by our Foundation and the children we serve.

Coca-Cola - Hellenic in Poland

We thank our long-time Foundation member, Coca-Cola for providing all of the soft drinks for this year’s Dinner Dance. Coca-Cola is the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases.

It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 570 million people. Coca-Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of local communities. We thank Coca-Cola for helping our PromiseKids again this year.

Matt Lynch

We thank Matt Lynch for providing Foundation Logo shirts for our Dinner Dance Performers. Matt has done this for many years now,and we do appreciate what he does. Thank you Matt!

GOVERNMENT TO HELP UNEMPLOYED PARENTS

The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy plans to support parents who do not have health insurance. Help would be provided to unemployed mothers, students and those who work without an employment contract. As stated in the ministry's new plan, unemployed parents would be given a monthly grant of PLN 1,000 for a year after their child's birth, and last for 71 weeks as in the case of multiple pregnancies. Those who are insured would be supported as well as those uninsured. The reform will be implemented in 2016, but parents of children born in 2015 will also benefit from it. According to estimates, the costs for the program will amount to PLN 1.2 billion.

RETAIL SALES RECORD DECLINE IN NOVEMBER

The volume of retail sales in Poland inched down by 0.2 percent year-on-year in November, according to the monthly statistical bulletin issued by the Central Statistical Office (GUS). In month-on-month terms retail trade declined by 8.1 percent. When calculated in real terms (constant prices) retail sales grew by 1.4 percent y/y. The Polish Press Agency had expected retail trade growth of 1.7 percent y/y and a decline of 6.2 percent m/m.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 11.4%

The registered unemployment rate in Poland stood at 11.4 percent in November, according to data published last Tuesday by the Central Statistical Office (GUS). The figure is in line with an estimate released in early December by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. The figure inched up by 0.1 percentage points compared to the 11.3 percent recorded in October. The total number of unemployed persons was 1.80 million at the end of last month. GUS said that 213,200 newly unemployed persons were registered in labor offices in November. The number of people removed from unemployment rolls after having found jobs was 198,400. Employers posted 69,100 new job offers.

POLISH AIR POLLUTION WORSE IN THE EU

The Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has published a report on the quality of the air in Poland. It is estimated that as many as 45,000 Poles die prematurely due to poor air quality. The poor air quality could also cost Poland up to PLN 4 billion in penalties from the EU. Six Polish cities place in the top ten of european cities exceeding PM10 limits, considering days per year when particulate matter concentration exceeds allowable levels. Cracow tops the list with 150 days of poor air quality per year. Cities have spent PLN 3 billion on prevention measures in 2008-2014, the time period studied by the report. According to NIK, the Ministry of the Environment is working too slow in initiating emission standards for home furnaces and setting up a national airquality program.

CORE INFLATION AT 0.4%

Core inflation, excluding food and energy prices, amounted to 0.42 percent year-on- year in November, compared to 0.2 percent in October, the National Bank of Poland said on Tuesday. Inflation excluding state-controlled prices amounted to -0.9 percent y/y compared to -0.8 percent in October.

DINNER DANCE

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

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

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."

-- Jung

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