WHAT WE VALUE
Creating Joy & Opportunity Through Food, Family, & Community.
Dave Thomas founded Wendy's with a vision of serving up a quick meal without cutting any corners. As we continue to grow, we'll always be sure to keep Dave's traditions and legacy in mind. By partnering with the best suppliers in the business, we're able to serve up fresh, Deliciously Different® food every day. But Wendy's is about more than just food. By supporting our employees, we continue to feel like a true family business.
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We take food seriously. We want to be sure we're serving only the best to each customer who walks through our doors.
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Family
From our headquarters to the amazing employees in every location, we like to think of Wendy's as a big family.
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Community
It's important to us to give back to the communities we call home. Find out what we're doing in hometowns across North America.
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Food
We take food seriously. We want to be sure we're serving only the best to each customer who walks through our doors.
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Family
From our headquarters to the amazing employees in every location, we like to think of Wendy's as a big family.
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Community
It's important to us to give back to the communities we call home. Find out what we're doing in hometowns across North America.
ONE ADOPTION IS ALL IT TAKES
When you visit a Wendy's, you're helping us create families through foster care adoption.
Because of one adoption, a child was given the love and support to pursue his dream of starting an old-fashioned hamburger restaurant. His name was Dave Thomas, our founder. That's why Wendy's has helped thousands of children find safe and loving families, so they can pursue their dreams just like Dave. When you visit Wendy's, you are supporting our charity, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Dave's charity works hard every day to match kids waiting in foster care with parents waiting for kids. Adoptions happen through an amazing program called Wendy's Wonderful Kids. We believe every child deserves a loving, permanent family and to date, Wendy's Wonderful Kids has made that dream come true for more than 6,000 kids.  Together, we can make this dream a reality for every child, so they will have what Dave had - a place to call home. 
ONE ADOPTION IS ALL IT TAKES
When you visit a Wendy's, you're helping us create families through foster care adoption.
Because of one adoption, a child was given the love and support to pursue his dream of starting an old-fashioned hamburger restaurant. His name was Dave Thomas, our founder. That's why Wendy's has helped thousands of children find safe and loving families, so they can pursue their dreams just like Dave. When you visit Wendy's, you are supporting our charity, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Dave's charity works hard every day to match kids waiting in foster care with parents waiting for kids. Adoptions happen through an amazing program called Wendy's Wonderful Kids. We believe every child deserves a loving, permanent family and to date, Wendy's Wonderful Kids has made that dream come true for more than 6,000 kids.  Together, we can make this dream a reality for every child, so they will have what Dave had - a place to call home. 
Our Commitments
You've heard us say we're all about serving up better food. Here's how we actually do it.
Third-Party Human Rights Reviews
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Reduce Antibiotics
Sustainable Beef Production
Source Only Cage-Free eggs
Eliminate Gestation Stalls
OUR COMMITMENTS
Reduce Energy Consumption
In January 2016, we joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge. Among the first restaurant companies to join this challenge, we committed to reduce energy consumption in our U.S. company-owned locations by 20 percent by 2025. To broaden this commitment, we launched the Wendy's Energy Challenge, encouraging franchisees in the U.S. and Canada to lower the energy use in their restaurants. As of mid-2017 approximately 20 franchisees have joined the Wendy's Energy Challenge, representing more than 1,400 restaurants. In our company-owned restaurants, we've lowered energy use per transaction by 12 percent in 2016 against a 2013 baseline. The approximately 500 franchise restaurants that reported data in 2016 have saved enough energy to power 540 U.S. homes for a year.
OUR COMMITMENTS
Reduce Energy Consumption
In January 2016, we joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge. Among the first restaurant companies to join this challenge, we committed to reduce energy consumption in our U.S. company-owned locations by 20 percent by 2025. To broaden this commitment, we launched the Wendy's Energy Challenge, encouraging franchisees in the U.S. and Canada to lower the energy use in their restaurants. As of mid-2017 approximately 20 franchisees have joined the Wendy's Energy Challenge, representing more than 1,400 restaurants. In our company-owned restaurants, we've lowered energy use per transaction by 12 percent in 2016 against a 2013 baseline. The approximately 500 franchise restaurants that reported data in 2016 have saved enough energy to power 540 U.S. homes for a year.
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.
Meet the Bagley Family, who raises cattle for our premium fresh beef burgers.  The Bagley Family puts their heart and soul into raising happy, healthy cows to feed American families.   The Bagley Family raises their cattle in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.  The Bagley family feels there is no excuse for taking shortcuts, and that we have a responsibility to take care of the land and the animals that provide for us.  A family run farm, The Bagley Family has hundreds of cows that they care for every single day that help us provide fresh never frozen beef. "We want people to have a great eating experience every time they eat beef,” Bobby says. “We're good stewards of the land and we're taking care of the opportunities we have here." The Story of the Best Fresh Beef Burgers Straight From our FarmersDon’t get us wrong. We at Wendy’s believe that lots of wonderful things come from faraway places: souvenirs, mangos, cool accents…but when it comes to the fresh never frozen beef we use in our hamburgers? No way. That’s what makes us different than the other guys. In order to deliver the freshest, tastiest hamburgers possible, Wendy’s believes that the best beef for burgers absolutely has to come from nearby.Wendy's fresh beef has a small window. Because we use fresh never frozen beef, it must get to the restaurants quickly. And for that to happen, we need the help of North American ranchers like Allison and Bobby Bagley.The Bagley Family raises their cattle in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley."This isn't a corporate entity by any stretch,” Allison says with a laugh. "We don't have thousands of cattle on a feed lot. We have hundreds of cows out here that we take care of every single day.”"No one in the world raises beef like people in America do,” Bobby adds. "We're definitely held to a higher standard … we feel like our cattle represent us, and the care we give them. If we don't do it right, then it's not acceptable for anyone.”He believes, as Wendy’s does*, that there is no excuse for taking shortcuts, and he feels strongly that we have a responsibility to take care of the land and the animals that provide for us.“As much as we love our animals and love taking care of them, we're doing it for a specific reason and that is beef production.” Allison says. "It’s part of the life circle that we all live … we're grateful for everything that we have. We're grateful that have such a great herd of cattle. We're grateful that we have such great land to use. We're grateful we have such quality water. We're grateful we have the science and technology behind all the decisions that we make. It all matters.”Every day, across the country, cattle ranchers like the Bagley family put their heart and soul into raising happy, healthy cows to help feed American families. "We want people to have a great eating experience every time they eat beef,” Bobby says. “We're good stewards of the land and we're taking care of the opportunities we have here."It’s a sacrifice, but one they say they wouldn’t trade for anything else in the world."We're very happy that we have companies like Wendy's supporting American beef production here,” Allison adds. "We love everything about it. That's such a corny statement, but it's so true. We wouldn't be working this hard, trying this hard, and doing everything we can to make this work, if we didn't love it."* Wendy’s serves only 100% pure North American beef.
When It Comes to Premium Fresh Beef, There’s No Place Like Home
Liliana Esposito speaks with The Ohio Farm Bureau about Wendy’s commitment to the American FarmerYou’re probably familiar with the age-old question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”. And while we may not know which came first, at Wendy’s, we know where our chicken (and eggs) come from. We believe that our quality food is a direct result of the progress-driven partnerships we’ve created with farmers throughout the years. By investing in animal welfare, purposeful sourcing and other farm-forward initiatives, we help deliver the freshest ingredients to Wendy’s customers. And you know, you might say we were a bit ahead of the curve. But really, that transparency is in our DNA: we simply and truly believe in doing things the right way, and quality - that starts with fresh never frozen beef - is our recipe.There is a lot that has changed from the early days of the Wendy’s brand, but the heart of our brand promise has remained the same. People want fresh food that is craveable, made right and from people and practices they can feel good about and the Wendy’s suppliers help us achieve this. Learn more about how we’re fostering progress and change in the Wendy’s supply chain from Liliana Esposito, our Chief Communications Officer, in the Town Hall Ohio podcast below.
Keep Your Friends Close and Your Farmer Friends Closer
For the past five years, I’ve worked for an iconic brand where a female is the face of the Company. You know her as Wendy – the young, red headed girl with pigtails and freckles. And it’s refreshing to see Wendy’s face – a female face – every day when I come to work. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day this week, I’m spending it with 50 of my Wendy’s colleagues at the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Annual Leadership Development Conference in Dallas. Together with thousands of other women – and a few men – in our industry, we’re celebrating women in leadership positions while also navigating the difficult conversation of gender equity in the workplace. I’m coming away from it both hopeful and now armed with powerful tools and a community of colleagues championing the same vision. How to support gender equality? It starts with gender equity, and Wendy's is proud to support women.  Women in Leadership: The Time is NowThe theme of the conference was Break Through, but I didn’t quite understand what that meant until the end of the first day. I work in a department of communications professionals who are mostly women. My manager is a woman, and her manager is a woman who sits in our C-suite. WFF made me realize that my work environment is not typical.As WFF opened on Sunday, we learned from their research partners at McKinsey & Company a few sobering facts:In the food industry, only one in five C-suite leaders is a woman.  In fact, only 19% of women in the food industry make it to the C-suite at all.  For every 100 women promoted beyond entry level, 130 men are promoted.At current rates, it will take more than 100 years to reach gender equity in the C-suite.  Years ago, WFF asked the question: how do we fix this? We as women cannot wait 100 years to reach gender equity at the senior leadership level. As a woman who cares about the development and advancement of other women, this week I asked myself the question: how can I help?The content at WFF was inspiring, and I walked away with several ideas about how I can take the Break Through concept back home, and together, with our Women of Wendy’s network, advance women’s leadership skills and positions at Wendy’s:1)     Challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potentialWe all have things that scare us. But what if we did them anyway? Women can’t be afraid to speak up, challenge themselves, or ask for more responsibility. If we stop thinking about the worst-case scenario, and start thinking about the best thing that could happen as a result of taking a risk, we’ll be able to help move the needle in women’s favor.2)     Think differently about what’s in front of you to create different value.Innovation does not come quickly – sometimes it needs a moment to breathe. When we are busy, we double down. We work harder and we work longer. Instead, think about how you can work differently, whether that means tapping someone outside your network for advice or approaching a project from a different angle.3)     Communicate with confidenceIf you want a different job, raise, promotion – whatever that “next step” may be – you’re going to have to communicate why you have earned it with confidence and clarity. Start your own “fan file” with work you have published, positive feedback from peers, or annual reviews. Memorize your accomplishments and be your own advocate.  No one knows your success story better than you, so don’t be afraid to tell it. 4)     Focus on the futureA highlight of the conference was our closing speaker, former First Lady Michelle Obama. She encouraged us to focus on the future and know that the change we are driving is not just for us, but for the daughters who will come after us. As women, we may find it hard to advocate for ourselves, but we are fierce when acting for others. We still have a lot of work to do in the foodservice industry. I noticed it the first day during the opening panel at the conference. Of the six executive-level panelists, five were men. Five. Five men on a panel at a development conference specifically for women where the theme was Break Through and focused on gender equity. I understand why it was done – these men are leaders of industry groups that are committed to advance women in leadership positions. But still, only one woman? We need to be the force that drives change.I’m proud that Wendy’s had such a strong presence at the WFF Conference, which included a number of my male colleagues who are champions for advancing women in foodservice leadership and four of our senior leadership team members. Seeing our dedication to the development and advancement of women gives me hope that we will reach gender equity long before the year 2118.I’m leaving the conference feeling confident in the strides we’re helping to drive not only at Wendy’s and in our industry, but across the workplace. And that young, red headed girl with the pigtails and the freckles? That face – the face of Wendy’s – will be my daily reminder that we need to always Break Through not only for ourselves, but also for our girls.What else would you expect from a brand named after a girl?
The Future is Female: Break Through Ideas for Women in Foodservice