Wendy's restaurant
What We Value
Good Done Right
Good Done Right

Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant with an unwavering commitment to serve fresh food, at a fair price, in a comfortable atmosphere. More than 50 years later, doing the right thing, in the right way, is still what guides the company and our approach to corporate responsibility: Good Done Right.

Our Focus Areas

Food

We are serious about providing fresh food that is high quality, safe, traceable and from responsible sources. 
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Our Priorities: Food: Spicy Chicken, Dave's Double, Baconator
People

Respect, equality and fair treatment for our team members, franchisees and partners is a central part of our business. And so is giving something back. 
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Our Priorities: People: Wendy's employees
Footprint

We are on a journey to reduce our environmental impact, and we’re committed to measuring and reporting on our progress along the way. 
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“Over this past year, Good Done Right took on a whole new level of importance as we came together to face COVID-19. While we are managing the impact of the global pandemic even now, I continue to be humbled by the actions of the entire Wendy’s family who have led with courage and commitment."

Todd A. Penegor 

President and CEO

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Materiality Assessment

In the fall of 2019, we began a materiality assessment to inform our corporate responsibility strategy and to help prioritize our efforts moving forward. 

Through the assessment, we conducted research and benchmarking, analyzed industry and global standards and trends and engaged with nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders to define and prioritize the topics that we believe may have a significant impact on Wendy’s, or could be significantly affected by Wendy’s operations. We are excited to share the findings for the first time as part of our 2020 report. 

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Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognize our work contributes to larger societal goals aimed at unifying our collective global efforts to provide goods and services more sustainably and drive towards a more equitable world for all. As part of that, we align our efforts to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a framework that prioritizes the top 17 global issues, focusing our work on the following impact areas.

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Zero Hunger
Zero Hunger

Contribute to ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Responsible Consumption and Production
Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure responsible and sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Decent Work and Economic Growth
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Reduced Inequalities
Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within our business and our communities.

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Partnership for the Goals
Partnership for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation for sustainable development through community partnerships.

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Climate Action
Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

 

Our Focus Areas:

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Life on Land
Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration bowl soup, zero hunger
Zero Hunger
Zero Hunger

Contribute to ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration Infinity Symbol Responsible Consumption
Responsible Consumption and Production
Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure responsible and sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration icon decent work and economic growth
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration Icon Reduced Inequalities
Reduced Inequalities
Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within our business and our communities.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration Icon Partnership for the Goals
Partnership for the Goals
Partnership for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation for sustainable development through community partnerships.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration Icon Climate Action
Climate Action
Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

 

Our Focus Areas:

Illustration Icon Life on Land
Life on Land
Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation.

 

Our Focus Areas:

"Wendy's is inspired to drive positive change. Through our corporate responsibility efforts, we believe we are well-positioned to meet our goals."

- Liliana Esposito

Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

Liliana Esposito, Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer
Our Progress

Wendy’s has been on a journey to provide high-quality, safe food from responsible sources since day one in 1969. We never compromise on quality, and we have been able to celebrate many milestones on our path toward continuous improvement. See some of our proudest achievements over the years.

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Goals list
Our Goals

Informed by our materiality assessment, we have committed to several important goals across our key focus areas of Food, People and Footprint.