DUBLIN, Ohio - Nov. 23, 2015 // PRNewswire // - The Wendy's Company today announced the public release of its Supplier Code of Conduct. Since its founding in 1969 by Dave Thomas, Wendy's® has operated under a core set of values and has enjoyed long-standing, collaborative relationships with some of the food industry's leading suppliers. This Code of Conduct takes into account the current best practices and standards of Wendy's supply chain and also identifies future aspirations to encourage continuous improvement in a meaningful way. The Code focuses on chief areas important to the Wendy's brand and its customers, including: food safety and food ingredients, farm animal health and well-being, human rights and labor practices, environmentally sustainable business practices and business ethics and integrity.
"When Dave Thomas was eight-years-old he dreamed he'd run the best restaurant in the world," said Emil Brolick, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Under his leadership, Wendy's helped to lead the way to set and enforce standards for the humane care of animals raised for our food as part of a responsible, safe and sustainable food supply chain. Additionally, because of Dave's commitment to quality, he only wanted the freshest ingredients; therefore, he created an infrastructure that has allowed us to serve beef that has never been frozen along with other fresh ingredients, like iceberg and romaine lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries in our more than 6,000 North American restaurants."
Wendy's established its Supplier Code of Conduct to aggregate and outline key priorities, and encourage supplier responsibility across critical areas of the supply chain. The Code, developed with input from Wendy's supplier community, takes effect in 2016 and will initially govern United States suppliers contractually managed by Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc., Wendy's independent purchasing co-op, which currently represents more than 90% of the brand's global purchasing in the areas of food, packaging, equipment and distribution.
In future years, Wendy's may expand the Code to other suppliers in areas such as professional services and international operations.
Guided by the value of "Do the Right Thing," Wendy's has been a leader and innovator in the quick-service restaurant industry across the corporate social responsibility spectrum:
"Our pledge to continuous improvement of supply chain practices has guided our supplier relationships to date. These issues have become even more important as consumers seek to understand the practices of the brands they support," said Liliana Esposito, Chief Communications Officer. "We are proud of the culture and values that have always guided our brand. We're pleased to bring greater public awareness to our best practices and standards and to honor our Founder with the introduction of this Code."
Wendy's Supplier Code of Conduct is accessible under the Responsibility tab in Supply Chain Practices section of its website, located here.
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ:WEN) is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.
SOURCE The Wendy's Company