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  • Overall approach
    0/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    18/86
    • Palm oil
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        20/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Certification; Sustainability commitment
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Through aiming to be 100% RSPO certified for products used in North America, Wedny's are committing to exclude palm oil produced on high carbon stock areas and/or peatlands.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Through aiming to be 100% RSPO certified for products used in North America, Wendy's are committing to exclude palm oil produced on high carbon stock areas and/or peatlands.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Through aiming to be 100% RSPO certified for products used in North America, Wendy's are committing to exclude palm oil produced on high carbon stock areas and/or peatlands.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Through aiming to be 100% RSPO certified for products used in North America, Wendy's are committing to exclude palm oil produced on high carbon stock areas and/or peatlands.
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Wendy's Co. "participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Wendy's report their usage of sustainable palm oil to RSPO annually. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Wendy's report their usage of sustainable palm oil to RSPO annually. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          509.90 Tonnes
          Wendy's reported their total usage as 2,479.00 Tonnes of palm oil in 2017.
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Wendy's Supplier Code of Conduct states that all Suppliers must ensure that their workers have the right to freedom of association, and the right to be from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      4/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Wendy's Supplier Code of Conduct states that all Suppliers must ensure that their workers have the right to freedom of association, and the right to be from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      19/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            If Other, specify here:  
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "100% of Wendy's paper/fibre-based packaging for approved national products come from renewable, recycled or certified sources."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "Switched to light-weight paperboard fry cartons with 17% less raw materials leading to 3 million lbs of materials saved."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Switched to light-weight paperboard fry cartons with 17% less raw materials leading to  3 million lbs of materials saved."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
             
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Switched to light-weight paperboard fry cartons with 17% less raw materials leading to  3 million lbs of materials saved."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Switched to light-weight paperboard fry cartons with 17% less raw materials leading to  3 million lbs of materials saved."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Wendy's Supplier Code of Conduct states that all Suppliers must ensure that their workers have the right to freedom of association, and the right to be from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    12/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    2/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

The Wendy’s Company (Wendy’s) is one of the world’s largest burger companies, with over 6,500 outlets worldwide in 2016. The company’s chain of restaurants primarily serve beef burgers, but also offer fries, salads, beverages and deserts. As such, Wendy’s is not only exposed to the forest risk commodity beef, but also to palm and soy, which are used as ingredients in its other food products, and paper which is used in its packaging. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Fast food
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
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Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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