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Wendy's is an American international fast food chain restaurant founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The company moved its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, on January 29, 2006.


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Wendy's: We’re boycotting you until you support human rights for farmworkers!

For decades, farmworkers in the U.S. have faced physical and verbal abuse, daily threats to their health and safety, racial discrimination, wage theft and grinding poverty. Farmworkers also experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and harassment in the fields. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80% of farmworker women report that they have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And in the most extreme cases, farmworkers have faced modern-day slavery, with nearly a dozen forced labor operations uncovered over the past two decades in Florida’s fields alone. That’s the bad news.  Here’s the good news: Today, there is a solution.  As farmworkers, we have created the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among workers, growers, and major retail brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Burger King that is ending decades of farmworker poverty and powerlessness.  The Fair Food Program has been called “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the White House to the United Nations.  Just last year the Fair Food Program received a Presidential Medal for its unique success in fighting modern-day slavery and other human rights abuses in corporate supply chains. But despite the Program’s historic achievements in advancing farmworkers' human rights, one buyer is still standing in the way of progress:  Wendy’s. We are calling on you to stand with farmworkers in boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program and agree to protect the basic human rights of workers in their supply chain. Not only has Wendy’s turned its back on the farmworkers who harvest its produce, but it has taken steps that directly undermine the transformation that has been brought about by the Fair Food Program.  Here’s how: Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights. Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country not part of the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers. It is unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to support one of today’s most promising models to end poverty and human rights abuses in low-wage industries across the world. In five short years since its implementation, the Fair Food Program has prevented modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages, and guaranteed basic safety protections for workers. Since the Program’s inception, participating buyers have paid well over $20 million into the FFP, helping to alleviate the poverty that our families have faced for decades. And we aren’t stopping with Florida tomatoes. In the past year, we expanded into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, and to two new Florida crops, strawberries and bell peppers.  Thanks to the support of participating buyers, the Fair Food Program has expanded its protections to tens of thousands of new workers, and is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead. Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program. To learn how you can join thousands of other consumers in the national Wendy’s Boycott, visit boycott-wendys.org.

Coalition of of Immokalee Workers
118,274 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Howard Schultz, Kevin Johnson, Bernard Acoca, Andy Adams, Martin Brok, Brady Brewer, Rosalind (Roz) Brewer, Luigi Bonini, Starbucks, McDonald's, Steve Easterbrook, Panera Bread, Paner...

Plastic Polluting our Planet

Hello, everybody. My name is Amanda, and I'm 15 years old. I used to use a plastic straw every single day until I learned some facts about them. In the Los Angeles area alone, ten metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws, and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Over the last ten years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the previous century. 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce. Why is that so bad? Well for starters 46 percent of plastics float (EPA 2006), and it can drift for years before eventually concentrating in the ocean gyres. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. The body can absorb plastic chemicals—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a synthetic chemical) Much more information can be found at https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html http://www.choosetogostrawless.com/ https://thelastplasticstraw.org/about-us/ http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please https://www.banthebottle.net/articles/its-not-just-the-bottle-the-ubiquity-of-the-plastic-straw/ Unfortunately, we can't reverse some of the things we've already done to this beautiful planet. What we can do is make some changes. Anything from asking for no straw, bring a reusable bag, use your own utensils (rather than disposable), buying from farmers markets, use a refillable cup/bottle, to making your staples yourself to avoid plastic can make a world (no pun intended) of difference. What I'm asking today, is that you sign this petition. Not that hard, right? :D I will be sending this request to places like Panera, Starbucks, Safeway, Dunkin Donuts, and more. What I'm asking of them is to use less plastic and styrofoam. To incorporate more recycling cans into their locations. To only give plastic bags to those who ask for them. To use paper straws rather than plastic. To find an alternative to Styrofoam takeout containers. To stop putting things in plastic that doesn't need to be. Have you ever seen the movie Wall-e? It stars a cute little robot who picks up trash. Remember how awful Earth looked? The whole time I was watching that movie I just wanted to go hug a tree (I didn't actually hug a tree). I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad about their choices, I'm just trying to inform! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope we can work together to make 2018 a much friendlier place (for the people and the planet). <3

Amanda Claire
13,690 supporters
Petitioning Wendy's, Wendy's International

Stop the discontinuing of Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets

Wendy's is trying to discontinue their Spicy Chicken Nuggets, effective within the next couple months. This item is a fan-favorite all across the world. It is our job as Spicy Chicken Nugget lovers to stop this madness from happening. If we get enough signatures, maybe Wendy's will notice how tragic this discontinuation is. Please sign and save the Spicy Nuggets!!! 

Sarah Bartlome
10,284 supporters
Petitioning Chick-Fil-A, Wendy's, Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell

Ban Plastic Straws at the Top 5 Fast Food Chains in the US

As consumers, we should have a growing concern about plastic waste and how it affects the environment. Tackling this problem requires a series of steps, starting with the single-use, plastic straw. Companies need to switch from this type of straw, which never leaves the environment, to compostable, marine degradable straws which are currently available, and being manufactured in the US. Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Subway, Starbucks, and Taco Bell are a few of the highest offenders, while their competitor, Mc Donalds, has already made the commitment to a more environmentally friendly straw. While we have recycling contingencies, plastic straws often don't end up making it through the recycling process because of their size and weight. They often fall through the filters and end up in landfills, sewers, or storm drains leading to our oceans. If they even end up in a recycling can to begin with. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish per pound. That means that in just over 30 years our children will no longer be able to experience a healthy ocean ecosystem. Holding companies that are a part of our everyday lives accountable for their environmental footprint by taking a small step towards using compostable, marine degradable straws will help ensure your children are able to see an ocean full of life.

Jacob Solo
3,377 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Citizens of the World, Dairy Queen, Domino's, Hardees, Wendy's, YUM!, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Target, Costco Wholesale, Dollar Gen...

Stop the Deforestation of Endangered Species' Habitats by Banning Unsustainable Palm-Oil.

Yet again Hundreds of animals' homes are being destroyed in order for companies to reap a profit. Orangutans, Sumatran Elephants, Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Sumatran Rhinos, and Sumatran Tigers are all listed endangered or critically endangered according to the World Wildlife Foundation. This is because of the deforestation of their habitats for companies to obtain unsustainable palm oil- the world's most popular vegetable oil. It is possible for Palm Oil to be sustainable but current production methods are wreaking havoc upon species that have no say in what is happening to the only homes they know. Large companies such as, but not limited to, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Dominos, Wendy's, Walgreen's, Target, Clorox have little to no commitment to use deforestation-free palm oil according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.  On the other hand, there are companies that are committed to alternative methods to obtain sustainable palm oil for their products such as, but not limited to, Dunkin brands, Safeway, Nestle, Kelloggs, Pepsico, General Mills, and Loreal. It is up to us, the people, to make informed decisions about the products we buy each and every day. Support the companies that are willing to use sustainable palm oil. Elect government officials that are willing to fight for the rights that are being ripped away from these endangered species. We need to come together to ensure that future generations won't have to Google pictures of Orangutans because they are extinct due to company's greed and our apathy. Let's make the right choice by speaking out for those that don't have a voice.

Kyla Kelly
2,280 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jane Philpott

Fast Food & Food Retailers: Reject genetically modified (GM/GE) potatoes in Canada.

The Canadian government approved in March 2016, a genetically modified/genetically engineered (GM/GE/GMO) potato called "Innate" from the company Simplot.  This potato could be grown in Canada this season and be in stores and restaurants by the fall.  The (GM/GE/GMO) potato has its browning gene silenced and an amino acid modified. If ONE GENE is silenced, modified or changed, then the whole gene structure is altered, with unknown consequences.  Yet developers rarely study these collateral effects and consumers are left in the dark about long term outcomes of eating GM/GE/GMO food. Food that is fabricated for ease of production and increase in sales rarely has human health in its equation.  Just because it is approved does not mean there is commercial acceptance for this product. Please ask your restaurants and food retailers to reject this genetically modified/genetically engineered (GM/GE/GMO) non-browning potato as a sign of good faith to respect your health and well being.

ge free comox valley
1,967 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency, Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King España, Five Guys Burger & Fries, Inc.

Stop deforestation in Paraguay for animal agriculture

Deforestation in South American countries continues, especially in Paraguay. People are cutting down trees in the Amazon rain forest there, and for what? To make beef. That's right, that juicy cheeseburger that you just bit into may have been made through the deforestation of the Amazon. Farming agencies big and small do this to increase the number of products that they sell, while decreasing the number of trees. And as the number of trees decrease, so does the number of animals. But despite this, the government does noting to stop it. And you, yeah you, can help with the click of a button, to solve a global problem. We can get government agencies such as the EPA to have these companies to stop killing the animals of South America, if we can just get the signatures.

Oliver Bieser
1,251 supporters
Petitioning Wendy's, Wendy Thomas

Wendy's, Ditch Plastic Straws and Adopt a Compostable Alternative

Over 500 million plastic drinking straws are thrown away in the US each day. This is an enormous problem. If you were to line up those 500 million straws end-to-end, they would circle the earth 2.5 times. That's just the amount of straws thrown out in one day, by one country. Plastic drinking straws are often not recyclable due to their size. As a result, billions of them end up in landfills and oceans each year.  The majority of plastic straws used are made from a petroleum based plastic called polypropylene. Making 1000 kg of polypropylene releases 3530 kg of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. This petition was created after another one I created to Starbucks received 150K signatures. Shortly after Starbucks announced that they'd be eliminating plastic straws from all locations. If Starbucks can do it, so can Wendy's. Sign this petition to encourage Wendy's to design new biodegradable drinking straws. Sign this petition to protect the environment. ********************************************************************** More Reading: https://www.ecowatch.com/eco-friendly-drinking-straw-alternatives-2571689759.html http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/1/3/the-problem-of-plastic-straws-and-how-each-of-us-can-make-a-difference https://www.marthastewart.com/1524287/how-to-fight-plastic-pollution-straws https://www.alternet.org/environment/its-time-stop-using-plastic-drinking-straws-theyre-bad-environment-and-harm-wildlife   

Ben Duthie
1,248 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Wendy's, Wendy's International

Bring Wendy's back to Grundy Va

We live in town that has began life saving development in a former coal mining powerhouse where we gotten a 2 story Walmart with about 10 or more stores. This is all good and grand cause if all works out we may become a big booming town again. Sadly we have been without a wendys since they tore it down to build a 4 lane to the grundy community center. Why is it we have all major fast food establishment including a brand spanking new Taco-Bell? Where's that beautiful red head Wendy?  I have to drive a hour just to get my baconator triple with mayo (a frosty would be nice too). When Wendy's shut down we was promised a new one but where is it? Please anyone and everyone who wants a quality burger in driving distance to please sign this petition and share it with everyone on Facebook or Twitter. 

Joshua Stiltner
983 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Wendy's, Wendy's International

Bring Wendy's to the Netherlands

Hey Wendy's, I have a question. Why haven't you come to Holland yet? There are literally thousands of foreign students who miss you. With potentially millions of Dutch people who would love your food. And in fact, so far Burger King, McDonald's and Taco Bell (who just arrived) are doing really great. Hope to see you soon! -------------------------------- ~Give this a share :) if you agree that Wendy's should come!

Jad Hallab
663 supporters