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  • Overall approach
    1/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We recognize the global threat of deforestation, and we are committed to minimizing the risk as we expand internationally." "Suppliers with active sustainability initiatives are encouragedto address, document and make continuous improvement efforts with regard to the followingenvironmental considerations:[...] Protection of forests and high conservation value areas"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    21/84
    • Palm oil
      33/84
      • Commitment Strength
        12/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Wendy’s is committed to using responsible and sustainable sources for the palm oil used as an ingredient in some of our products. Since 2015, we have been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)and have been annually reporting our progress through the RSPO’s Annual Communication of Progress as well as the World Wildlife Fund Buyers Scorecard. As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal, 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits. Wendy’s restaurants in New Zealand use palm oil for cooking that is mass balance certified sustainable, and we are pursuing similar commitments in our other international locations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only applies to North American products and restaurants - ""Wendy’s is committed to using responsible and sustainable sources for the palm oil used as an ingredient in some of our products. Since 2015, we have been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have been annually reporting our progress through the RSPO’s Annual Communication of Progress as well as the World Wildlife Fund Buyers Scorecard. As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal, 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits. Wendy’s restaurants in New Zealand use palm oil for cooking that is mass balance certified sustainable, and we are pursuing similar commitments in our other international locations." "The brand also participates in the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            "The brand also participates in the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Through committing to be RSPO certified Wendy's are committing to be exclude products originating from high carbon stock or peatland areas - "Wendy’s is committed to using responsible and sustainable sources for the palm oil used as an ingredient in some of our products. Since 2015, we have been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)and have been annually reporting our progress through the RSPO’s Annual Communication of Progress as well as the World Wildlife Fund Buyers Scorecard. As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal, 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits. Wendy’s restaurants in New Zealand use palm oil for cooking that is mass balance certified sustainable, and we are pursuing similar commitments in our other international locations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies to North American products and restaurants

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only applies to North American products and restaurants - ""Wendy’s is committed to using responsible and sustainable sources for the palm oil used as an ingredient in some of our products. Since 2015, we have been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have been annually reporting our progress through the RSPO’s Annual Communication of Progress as well as the World Wildlife Fund Buyers Scorecard. As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal, 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits. Wendy’s restaurants in New Zealand use palm oil for cooking that is mass balance certified sustainable, and we are pursuing similar commitments in our other international locations." "The brand also participates in the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            "The brand also participates in the Roundtable on SustainablePalm Oil and is committed to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its North American productsby 2022."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Consistent with Wendy’s or QSCC’s agreements with Suppliers, we expect all Suppliers to comply with applicable employment and labor laws and regulations. In particular, we expect all Suppliers to adhere to the following: [...] ILO, Discrimination, Forced Labour, Child Labour, Freedom of Association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal [RSPO Certification], 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal [RSPO Certification], 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: "Outside the U.S. and Canada, our footprint is smaller. We have about 500 restaurants spread across 26 countries, and only 14 ofthose countries use Palm Oil for cooking - which is what we track and measure. We've calculated that these (approximately) 250restaurants used 2, 000.00 metric tons of Palm Oil for cooking in 2018 [...] It is worth noting that these restaurants are all owned by franchise groups that do not conduct purchasing through a centralizedcooperative structure as we do in the U.S. and Canada. This diversity makes CSPO from physical supply chains challenging inthose markets, but we are in the process establishing a plan to achieve CSPO internationally - with the minimum being Book &Claim certificates. We also aim to seek a solution for the sourcing of palm oil from physical supply chains for cooking by 2027." https://rspo.org/view-acop-pdf/retailers/Wendy_s_International__LLC-ACOP2018.pdf

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal [RSPO Certification], 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: yes, only north american

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "As of 2018, 100 percent of the palm oil used in U.S. and Canadian restaurants meets this goal [RSPO Certification], 84 percent from mass balance and 16 percent offset by Palm Trace credits."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Suppliers, and their suppliers and contractors, are expected to comply with applicable local, state/provincial and federal laws and regulatory requirements as part of responsible business operations, including but not limited to: applicable employment, immigration, civil rights, and antidiscrimination laws, food safety, animal welfare, environmental, and any other required industry standards [...] Wendy’s may monitor a Supplier’s compliance with the Code,and has the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct,unannounced inspections of a Supplier’s facilities and records."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: hotline, webform

          Details of the mechanism: Social

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          We (the public) are able to submit in to the online portal also - "Reporting Business Ethics Violations. With both a grievance and no retaliation policy in place, Suppliers should be well equipped to address and remedy many business ethics concerns and violations described in this section of the Code that could arise in their organizations. Suppliers and their employees also can report business ethics concerns to Wendy’s toll-free, 24-hour compliance hotline at 1-800-256-8595 or the ethics website at www.wendys.ethicspoint.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 875.1 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 2432.9 tons
          2018 ACOP reports that the company used 3,038 tons of palm oil and palm oil products, of which 875.1 tons were RSPO certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      20/84
      • Commitment Strength
        10/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/12
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            "We recognize the global threat of deforestation, and we are committed to minimizing the risk as we expand internationally. We are also evaluating our U.S. and Canadian paper, fiber and pulp supplies to identify and eliminate any that come from areas at risk."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies to USA and Canada
            "We recognize the global threat of deforestation, and we are committed to minimizing the risk as we expand internationally. We are also evaluating our U.S. and Canadian paper, fiber and pulp supplies to identify and eliminate any that come from areas at risk."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "We recognize the global threat of deforestation, and we are committed to minimizing the risk as we expand internationally. We are also evaluating our U.S. and Canadian paper, fiber and pulp supplies to identify and eliminate any that come from areas at risk."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "We recognize the global threat of deforestation, and we are committed to minimizing the risk as we expand internationally. We are also evaluating our U.S. and Canadian paper, fiber and pulp supplies to identify and eliminate any that come from areas at risk."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Napkins are [...] produced with at least 50% post-consumer waste recycled content" "Switch to lightweight paperboard fry carton, which requires 17% less raw materials, resulting in 3 million pounds of material saved"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            Commitments only apply to certain products - "Napkins are [...] produced with at least 50% post-consumer waste recycled content" "Switch to lightweight paperboard fry carton, which requires 17% less raw materials, resulting in 3 million pounds of material saved"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Napkins are [...] produced with at least 50% post-consumer waste recycled content" "Switch to lightweight paperboard fry carton, which requires 17% less raw materials, resulting in 3 million pounds of material saved"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Consistent with Wendy’s or QSCC’s agreements with Suppliers, we expect all Suppliers to comply with applicable employment and labor laws and regulations. In particular, we expect all Suppliers to adhere to the following: [...] ILO, Discrimination, Forced Labour, Child Labour, Freedom of Association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • 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 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
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Suppliers, and their suppliers and contractors, are expected to comply with applicable local, state/provincial and federal laws and regulatory requirements as part of responsible business operations, including but not limited to: applicable employment, immigration, civil rights, and antidiscrimination laws, food safety, animal welfare, environmental, and any other required industry standards [...] Wendy’s may monitor a Supplier’s compliance with the Code,and has the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct,unannounced inspections of a Supplier’s facilities and records."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: hotline, webform

          Details of the mechanism: Social
          We (the public) are able to submit in to the online portal also - "Reporting Business Ethics Violations. With both a grievance and no retaliation policy in place, Suppliers should be well equipped to address and remedy many business ethics concerns and violations described in this section of the Code that could arise in their organizations. Suppliers and their employees also can report business ethics concerns to Wendy’s toll-free, 24-hour compliance hotline at 1-800-256-8595 or the ethics website at www.wendys.ethicspoint.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      10/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Consistent with Wendy’s or QSCC’s agreements with Suppliers, we expect all Suppliers to comply with applicable employment and labor laws and regulations. In particular, we expect all Suppliers to adhere to the following: [...] ILO, Discrimination, Forced Labour, Child Labour, Freedom of Association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All Suppliers, and their suppliers and contractors, are expected to comply with applicable local, state/provincial and federal laws and regulatory requirements as part of responsible business operations, including but not limited to: applicable employment, immigration, civil rights, and antidiscrimination laws, food safety, animal welfare, environmental, and any other required industry standards [...] Wendy’s may monitor a Supplier’s compliance with the Code,and has the right to conduct, or have its designee conduct,unannounced inspections of a Supplier’s facilities and records."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: hotline, webform

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Details of the mechanism: Social
          We (the public) are able to submit in to the online portal also - "Reporting Business Ethics Violations. With both a grievance and no retaliation policy in place, Suppliers should be well equipped to address and remedy many business ethics concerns and violations described in this section of the Code that could arise in their organizations. Suppliers and their employees also can report business ethics concerns to Wendy’s toll-free, 24-hour compliance hotline at 1-800-256-8595 or the ethics website at www.wendys.ethicspoint.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    7/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    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 exposed to the forest risk commodities palm oil and soy, which are used as ingredients in its food products and as feed to its meat products, and paper which is used in its packaging. Wendy's Co. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

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

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