Wendy`s Fair Food Agreement

December 20, 2020

More than 150 farm workers, students and residents demonstrated Saturday outside Wendy`s in 4114 U.S. 41 N. in Naples to reinforce the company`s boycott and push the fast food chain to sign a Fair Food Agreement. For years, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been campaigning to convince Wendy to join the Fair Food Program, an internationally renowned human rights partnership that protects agricultural workers from abuse and improves wages. Many of the major food companies, from Walmart and McDonald`s to Chipotle and Burger King, have joined the Fair Food Program, but not Wendy`s. The Fair Food Program is now widely regarded as a benchmark for worker protection and human rights programs around the world. It is a partnership between farmers, agricultural workers and retail agri-food companies that protects the safety of agricultural workers in the fields, including from sexual harassment, and guarantees them better wages. For more than seven years, hundreds of thousands of agricultural workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their consumer associations have been calling for verifiable protection against sexual violence, forced labour and other human rights violations in Wendy`s supply chain by joining the Fair Food Program, winner of the Presidential Medal Fair Restoration Program. All the major fast food companies – McDonald`s, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell and Chipotle – and nine other major retailers, from Whole Foods to Walmart, have joined us. Everyone except Wendy`s. The fact is, no, we don`t. The Fair Food Program, to which LA CIW must join, asks participating buyers to pay a fair food premium for the purchase of Florida tomatoes. This premium, similar to any fair trade premium, is not paid directly by the buyer to the workers, but is in fact incorporated into the final price of tomatoes on the invoice paid to participating producers.

Buyers simply pay for their tomatoes, as they always have, only now with a small premium. The accounting and distribution of penny-per-pound funds are managed by producers who pay workers a premium on their regular paychecks. Wendy`s would not pay employees of other companies. In 2005, after the nearly four-year boycott of CIW Taco Bell, the company agreed to sign a Fair Food Agreement that required the company to pay an “extra penny per pound” for its tomatoes, be passed on to tomato harvesting machines and work with CIW to improve conditions in the fields. [6] University campuses have been an important impetus for this agreement; 22 colleges have banned Taco Bell from operating. [7] The CIW then targeted mcDonald`s for two years; In 2007, McDonald`s signed a Fair Food Agreement with CIW. [8] Other fast food chains and food retailers have followed suit.

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