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• Wendy’s is the third largest hamburger chain worldwide.
• Wendy’s has been criticized for its role in a larger food industry that exacerbates unfair trade and labor practices.
• Wendy's, along with other fast food industry leaders, faces litigation over the presence of carcinogenic chemicals in some of its food products.
• Wendy's is a holdout amongst major fast food restaurants in failing to reach an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to create a living wage for vegetable workers.
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-- Profile Updated 01/31/2011
Wendy's is the number 3 hamburger chain, with almost 6,700 locations worldwide offering fare that includes burgers, baked potatos, chili, and salads. The company owns 1,500 restaurants, while the rest are franchised. In 2006, Wendy's employed 46,000 people are reported revenues of $2.45 billion.
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Dublin, OH 43017-0256 USA
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Health and Safety
In August 2005 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed suit against nine producers of potato chips and french fries concerning toxic contents in their popular foods. Lockyer is seeking a court order requiring the companies to warn consumers that some of their food products contain acrylamide, a chemical identified by the state as a human carcinogen. Acrylamide is a byproduct created through the reaction of chemicals in food to high heat, and cooked potato products contain higher levels of acrylamide than other foods. Plaintiffs in the case include McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Frito Lay, H.J. Heinz, Proctor & Gamble and Wendy's. In April 2007, KFC agreed to display the warning and pay $341,000 in civil penalties. Wendy's is still in negotations with the Attorney General.
-- CorpWatch, 04/25/2007
Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14468
Four people contracted severe E coli infections after eating lettuce from a Wendy's restaurant in June 2006. 69 people have since reported stomach and diarrhea symptoms, but as they did not visit a medical facility they are believed to have had minor gastrointestinal infections, possibly related to the E.-coli contamination.
-- Food Safety Network, 08/08/2006
In March 2004 the widow of a Missouri man who was hit and killed by a vehicle from drive-up window at a Wendy's filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the company. The man died in 2003 from injuries he suffered when a vehicle struck him as he left a Columbia restaurant on foot in 2002. The lawsuit claims Wendy's is partly negligent because customers entering or leaving the restaurant from one entrance must step directly in front of drive-up traffic. "Wendy's had actual knowledge that its pedestrian business invitees were always moving across the lane for vehicular traffic exiting the 'pick-up' window as they came to and left" the restaurant, according to the attorney filing the petition. The lawsuit is currently pending.
-- Springfield News-Leader, 03/22/2004
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Ethics and Governance
In 2006 CEO Kerrii B. Anderson earned $4,174,313 in total compensation from Wendy's International. This is equivalent to earning $80,275 per week.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
In December 2004 a jury awarded $5.1 million to a man saying Wendy's International ruined his deal for 27 Wendy's restaurants in two Florida counties so the company could buy the restuarants instead. After Citicorp took control of the restaurants follwing the previous owner's bankruptcy, Keitel agreed to buy the 27 locations. Though the Wendy's board initially approved the purchase, they later withdrew their approval and Keitel's franchise rights and bought the restaurants for themselves the following year.
-- Nation's Restaurant News, 01/17/2005
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Wendy's on behalf of a former employee with Down syndrome. Coworkers at a Wendy's restaurant repeatedly harassed him because of his disability. The man was subjected to physical assaults including pushing, shoving, placing a knife against his stomach, putting ice down his clothes, and throwing water in his face. The employee was forced to resign as a result of this harassment. The case was resolved through a consent decree providing $90,000 to the employee.
-- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 03/16/2004
Managers of Wendy's restaurants in four Boston area restaurants were suspended after they strip-searched employees following prank calls from a man pretending to be a police officer. The caller informed managers that one of their employees was stealing from the restuarant, then asked the managers to strip search an employee while he remained on the line.
-- Boston Globe, 02/26/2004
Wendy's has been criticized for rejecting a fair wage campaign launched by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a group of South Florida farm workers advocating a living wage for agricultural laborers. In March of 2005, CIW won a campaign against Taco Bell in which the company agreed to pay one penny more per pound for tomatoes, the increase to go directly to farm workers. Some farm laborers in Immokalee earn a meager $8,000 per year and have no right to overtime pay despite working 60-70 hour weeks. The fact that Wendy's franchises do not generally source food directly from Wendy's International complicates worker campaigns against the Ohio company.
-- St. Petersburg Times, 04/16/2007
Although Wendy’s has agreed to some of PETA’s standards, the company has not substantially phased in these improvements. For example, according to the Wendy’s website, only 10% of Wendy’s pork products come from hogs not raised in gestation stalls; their goal is 20% “over time.” Wendy’s applauds itself for only buying 2% of its eggs used in US stores from suppliers that raise “cage-free” hens. The company also admits that it remains skeptical about the science behind “controlled atmosphere stunning,” the method that PETA believes to be the most humane and modern way to slaughter animals.
-- Wendy's, 01/26/2011
Source URL: www.wendys.com/about_us/animal_welfare.jsp
On September 6, 2001, PETA ended its Wicked Wendy’s campaign as Wendy’s, the third largest hamburger chain worldwide, agreed to meet the animal welfare standards PETA has negotiated with Burger King. Wendy’s has agreed to conduct unannounced inspections of its slaughterhouses, implement humane handling guidelines, require suppliers to give laying hens a minimum of 72 square inches of space, stop purchasing from suppliers that “force-molt” their hens, require its suppliers to adopt air-quality guidelines for its chickens, develop alternative housing systems for pigs, and incorporate these standards in its Canadian operations as well. In July 2007, after continued talks with PETA, Wendy’s has announced that it will begin to phase in the use of crate-free pig meat and consider purchasing from suppliers that use “controlled atmosphere killing,” the seemingly least cruel method to slaughter animals.
-- PETA, 07/01/2007
Wendy's scored a zero out of 100 in "The Climate Counts Company Scorecard Report." The report judged companies on their commitment to reversing climate change. The creation, manufacturing, and transportation of goods greatly contribute to pollution.
-- Climate Counts, 06/18/2007