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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“2021 was a breakthrough year, as evidenced by the significant progress we made in growing our business—all while advancing our efforts to drive positive change."

Todd A. Penegor 

President and CEO

Todd Penegor
Materiality Assessment

In 2021, we shared results from a materiality assessment, which informed our Good Done Right strategy and helped us shape our corporate responsibility goals, holding us accountable to what our key stakeholders expect from Wendy’s. 

Through the assessment, we conducted research and benchmarking, analyzed industry and global standards and trends and engaged with nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders. Our 2021 Corporate Responsibility report provides updates on progress to date regarding these important goals.  

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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:

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:

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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:

Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

 

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:

Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

 

Our focus areas:  

"In 2021, we made meaningful progress in our efforts to improve our environmental footprint, support our people and communities, and invest in innovative solutions that enhance food safety and visibility into our supply chain.

The contributions of our employees, franchisees, supply chain partners and other stakeholders are all critical to making progress against our Good Done Right goals and commitments."

- Liliana Esposito

Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

 

Liliana Esposito
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 announced several important goals across our key focus areas of Food, People and Footprint.

The Square Deal

We'll use this space to give you The Square Deal™ — our views on food, quality, culture, foster care adoption, and doing our best to make Dave proud.