fast food

Fast Food industry

 

Jump to: About the Fast Food Industry; Fast Food Industry Campaigns

 

Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

n/i

D

C

C

D

2 (tie)

C-

n/i

C

C

D

2 (tie)

C-

D

C

n/i

D

4

D

n/i

F

F

F

5

F

n/i

F

F

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the fast food industry:

  • From significant health concerns to labor, environmental, and ethics violations, the fast food industry is guilty of placing profits above people.
  • Health concerns include the lack of transparency with regard to genetically modified organism (GMOs) in the food of top fast food providers and toxic chemicals which have been identified as human carcinogens, found in French fries, with no warning provided to consumers.  
  • The industry has been hesitant to take any action toward reversing climate change
  • The fast food industry has been contributed to the illegal destruction of rainforests to grow soybeans for animal feed and has been criticized for its animal welfare abuses.
  • Companies have also been charged with making false claims in advertising campaigns about the relative nutritional value and healthiness of their products.
  • Visit Go Green to find out how you can support local food options, which are better quality and have far fewer risks.