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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 May 18, 2015 Vol. 12, No. 14

“Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It's a matter of what's happening in your heart.”
-- Ken Keyes

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND – A ROUSING SUCCESS!

The halls of Lekowo School were buzzing last Friday, as our PromiseLand dancers nervously practiced their routines, adjusted costumes and scrutinized the audience and judges. Today was the day they had eagerly anticipated and awaited – the day when the finalists would compete for the designation as the top dancers in the “You Can Dance in the PromiseLand” contest!

"You Can Dance in the PromiseLand" is the Foundation’s initiative to help promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. This competition has become a favorite program among our PromiseKids in all ten schools. Over 200 PromiseKids started in the competition in April. The rules were the same as in the famous TV Show: “You Can Dance”. Talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping, to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive competed for the crown of the PromiseLand's Best Dancers.

On this day, 130 PromiseKid-Dancers who were selected during the first auditions were given a pass and moved on to the final round held in the Lekowo School. All day long they performed solo and group dance numbers in a variety of dance styles.

And now, we’d like to congratulate the following winners:

SOLO DANCERS:
Grades 0-3

1st place: Gabriela Kemprowska, Lekowo School

2nd place: Kacper Bujak, Bierzwnica School 3rd place: Amelia Sypniewska, Bierzwnica School

Grades 4-6

1st place: Aleksandra Kossakowska, Brzeżno School

2nd place: Sandra Chodowaniec, Lekowo School 3nd place: Kaja Brzozowska, Nowe Worowo School

Gymnasium

1st place: Joanna Surmiak,Brzeżno School

2nd place: Mariola Piskorz, Lekowo School 3rd place: Agata Bożek, Lekowo School

TEAMS:

Grades 0-3

1st place: Joanna Surmiak,Brzeżno School

2nd place: "Uśmiechnięte SŁONECZKA", Bierzwnica School

3rd place: "Sandra-Natalia-Wiktoria", Bierzwnica School

Grades 4-6

1st place: "OMO",Brzeżno School

2nd place: "SWEET GIRLS", Lekowo School

3rd place: "DANCE", Nielep School

Gymnasium:

1st place team, "BLACK&WHITE" from Nowe Worowo School.

The prizes were sponsored by FCSR, but a special THANKS goes to COCA COLA HBC POLSKA and General Manager of Coca Cola HBC, Kalaitzidakis Nikolaos and Iwona Jacaszek Public Affairs and Communications Manager, for supplying the Cappy soft drinks and "Kropla Beskidu" water for all our participants.

In addition, we’d like to THANK the following sponsor: Wojciech Król, GM of Colgate Palmolive for all the beauty and cleaning supplies.

We'd also like to thank Jakub Szynkowski, the Director of the Lekowo School and staff member, Róża Tabaszewska, for organizing this competition in their school.

And of course our wonderful jury who had some very tough decisions to make: Barbara Kolasińska, FCSR Arts Director, Marcelina Kosińska - FCSR solo singer, Emilia Wiszniewska, Gmina Świdwin PR Manager, and Małgorzata Ciućka, FCSR Regional Director.

What a great day for our PromiseKids! Thank you to everyone who helped and participated. Who knows where this competition will take our kids? What we do know is that it brought a great deal of delight and fun into the lives of our kids and their families…

POLAND AMONG 20 FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES OF 2015

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The global economy is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2015 and 3.7 percent next year after expanding 3.3 percent in each of the past two years. China, the Philippines, Kenya, India and Indonesia (16 percent of the world's GDP) are all predicted to grow over 5percent this year.

The analysis includes 57 countries, each with ten or more responses in the Bloomberg surveys. - Poland AM

On the other hand…

LABOR COSTS IN POLAND THREE TIMES LOWER THAN IN EU

On average, a working hour in Poland in 2014 outside of agriculture and administration was worth as much as Û8.40, according to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna citing Eurostat estimates. The amount is three times lower than average costs in the EU, the daily pointed out.

Labor costs are lower in Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria. In the last ten years, labor costs rose in Poland by 75 percent; in the EU - by 24 percent. If the pace remains the same, Poland will reach EU levels in 2046, the daily informed.

CSR NEWS: THE AGE OF TRANSPARENCY

The following are some excerpts from a paper entitled “The Age of Transparency” by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, May 11, 2015 from the Financial Executives International Daily (http://daily.financialexecutives.org/the-age-of-transparency/)

The Internet, social networking and blogging are making the world a radically more transparent place for businesses…

For companies, this transparency goes far beyond the simple obligation to disclose basic financial information. Thanks to the Internet, people and institutions are gaining unprecedented access to all kinds of information about corporate behavior, operations and performance — from real-time analysis of company financials on StockTwits to third-party monitoring of overseas supply chains…

Keeping up with society’s evolving expectations can be tough, but integrity shouldn’t be a millstone. Among other things, firms need clear corporate values and a commitment to integrity that runs through every vein and capillary of the organization…

In the past, customers were isolated. A few joined quaint consumer groups, others talked to neighbors about products they might buy, or read Consumer Reports, the main source of objective advice. Now, they self-organize, they get other readers’ book reviews on Amazon.com from their home, workplace or coffee shop — even on their smartphones. To learn what others think about a wide range of products and services, they can consult numerous sites such as Epinions.com.

Thanks to email, instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter, employees are better informed. Every worker has an electronic printing press at his or her fingertips. All actions by company leaders are scrutinized, analyzed and judged, and employees use the Internet and other communications tools to reach shared conclusions that directly affect morale and productivity…

Years ago, in trying to make a business case for good corporate behavior, corporate social responsibility advocates coined the optimistic adage “You do well by doing good.” Few were persuaded. The main reason for the lack of success in winning support for corporate responsibility was that the “doing well by doing good” adage was not true. Many companies did well by being bad. Creative accounting, unfair labor practices, corporate secrecy, monopolistic behaviors, externalizing costs to society and shady environmental behaviors could help beef up the bottom line…

Since 2001, market research and public opinion polling firm GlobeScan has been asking consumers across 25 countries to rate the extent to which large companies should be held responsible for a variety of different actions, such as CSR initiatives, and has found that more than eight out of 10 people think corporations should take on greater responsibility for solving social and environmental issues…

Keeping up with society’s evolving expectations can be tough, but integrity shouldn’t be a millstone. Among other things, firms need clear corporate values and a commitment to integrity that runs through every vein and capillary of the organization…

Executives will need to show leadership on openness. Managers will need to pioneer new approaches to customer and stakeholder engagement. A culture of continuous innovation will ensure that companies can be responsive to evolving stakeholder expectations. And an interactive reporting system that collects external knowledge and insight can help cycle good values and behaviors throughout the enterprise…

Business leaders with a combination of vision, energy and communication skills can drive lasting change by helping convince their peers to share the risk and responsibility in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

- Henry David Thoreau

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