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 March 13, 2017 Vol. 14 No. 12
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best!"
-- St. Jerome
Twelve students, ages 6-11, from two of our PromiseLand schools, Bierzwnica and Swidwin, have had their own form of “March Madness” this past week, as they rehearsed and performed at two local events.
In celebration of “Women’s Day”, on March 8th, they danced and sang at the lovely Cieszeniewo Culture Center, where they entertained over 40 people from the community including the Wojt (rural head) and the local priest.
That was a great warm up for the even bigger celebration of “Soltys' Day”, on March 10 in the beautiful Swidwin Culture Center. In Poland, a Soltys is an elected representative, who brings his/her people’s needs before the local governing body. In the US, that person might be comparable to a city councilman. Our very own Basia Kolasinska, FCSR Arts Director, has been the soltys for Cieszniewo for the past three years.
This event honors all the soltyses in the rural district. Over 100 people were in the audience, including village heads from the Swidwin Rural District, the District Governor, Chairwoman of the Swidwin District Council and the Swidwin Wojt, as well as the district’s Senator of the Republic of Poland. Needless to say, the children were anxious to do their very best!
And of course they did…singing a beautiful medley of Polish songs. However, the hit of the afternoon’s entertainment was a rendition by one of the performers, Maciej P. (10) of Elvis Presley’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On”! It brought the house down!
It was so enjoyable, Basia and the PromiseKids have been invited by Swidwin’s Rural Head, Wojt Kazimierz Lechocki, to prepare a performance for the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Swidwin Rural Commune, in June. Thank you Basia and FCSR PromiseKids for all the joy you bring to your local communities!
In an article for Entrepreneur magazine, Lain Hensley, COO of Odyssey Teams, lists and explain five ways that entrepreneurs and businessmen/women “can try to develop authentic and powerful corporate social responsibility programs”. Among his suggestions are the following:!
1. Crowdsource ideas. Use digital tools to engage employees in the idea-generation process. Ask them what they want the company to take on to give back to the community. Then use those ideas to create a CSR culture that is more inclusive, democratic and participatory.
2. Enlist customers. Customers expect companies to carry their weight when it comes to social responsibility. When a company aligns its mission with corporate social responsibility (think of Patagonia's 1% for the Planet or Danone Yogurt's project targeting nutritional deficiencies in Bangladesh), customers and business partners are much more likely to jump on board.
3. Partner with other organizations. Seek partnerships with organizations aligned with your company’s mission. The partnership may generate more on-the-ground results and goodwill than a company's corporate social responsibility program built from scratch.
4. Combine philanthropy and corporate training. Corporate social responsibility should be woven into your company's fabric. Inject philanthropy into corporate events and training. Make it an integral part of how the company operates, learns and grows. Make philanthropy a way of life for your company. Don’t miss the opportunity to give and grow at the same time.
5. Create something that lasts. Impress your customers by creating a self-sustaining social responsibility program that is designed to make significant social change over an extended period of time.
We, at FCSR, are proud of the CSR programs carried out by our member companies and most thankful for the significant social and educational changes they have made in the lives of our PromiseKids over these past 15 years!
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Just a reminder that letters and brochures from the Foundation regarding the 1% tax contribution have been sent to all member companies and supporters. Please encourage your employees to make FCSR the charity of their choice and support your CSR work with the Foundation!
Thank you in advance!
1% personal income campaign keeps going: 1st January, 2017 – 30th April, 2017
Easter: 14th - 17th of April
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