Wendy’s has six volunteer Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) dedicated to creating opportunities for learning, inclusion, career growth and leadership development for Company employees.
With the guidance of a senior leadership team sponsor, ERGs are dedicated to the development of their members and ensuring their voice is heard when it comes to decisions that affect Wendy’s people, such as benefits enhancements, creating connections among Wendy’s employees and engaging with the local community. While these resource groups were formerly only available to employees in our Dublin Restaurant Support Center, remote work has expanded our reach and allowed for other Wendy’s employees not based in the Dublin Restaurant Support Center to log in and participate.
Illustrating the valuable role that Employee Resource Groups play in creating a supportive environment, Wendy’s Equality Resource Group helped to identify opportunities to provide more inclusive benefit options. These suggestions helped Wendy’s achieve a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, the premier benchmarking survey in the U.S. to measure workplace environments that promote LGBTQ+ equality.
Despite the challenges of 2020, we’re proud of the robust programming and events that our Employee Resource Group leadership teams developed to help us come together to engage in important discussions and grow personally and professionally. Virtual Living Room Conversations provided a forum to hold candid, transparent discussions about salient issues that affect our society and organization.
These Employee Resource Groups each boast an active membership and encourage participation of members and allies in sponsored activities. In 2020, we also launched the Wendy’s Parents & Caregivers Support Group, providing a forum for informal discussions focused on family and caregiving challenges, as well as information to ensure employees can take full advantage of Wendy’s Employee Assistance Program. This group also created a “Having a Baby Guide,” which provides helpful information for employees before or after the birth or adoption of a child.
Women of Wendy’s enables women to be their best selves and fosters authentic relationships by facilitating and sponsoring increased visibility for women within the organization.
Wendy’s Equality Resource Group promotes a welcoming, diverse and respectful work environment for LGBTQ+ employees and their allies.
Wendy’s Young Professional Resource Group connects the next generation of Wendy’s leaders to each other and the community, fosters personal development and promotes professional development linked to individual career goals.
Wendy’s Veterans Resource Group provides development opportunities to its members, fosters a veteran and military family community at Wendy’s and supports transitioning military talent. Learn more about Wendy’s support for U.S. military veterans.
Wendy’s Cultural Diversity Resource Group provides opportunities for members and their allies to connect, learn and grow with the goal of creating an environment where employees of color can be themselves and take pride in their unique backgrounds.