The National Farm Worker Ministry has endorsed the boycott of Wendy’s Restaurants because of their refusal to join the Fair Food Program of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW is calling for consumers to boycott Wendy’s because:
- Wendy’s has shifted its purchases from Florida to Mexico: Wendy’s has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida altogether following the implementation of the Fair Food Program there. Rather than support US growers setting new standards for human rights in the agricultural industry, Wendy’s took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where there is widespread denial of human rights in the produce industry.
- Wendy’s has chosen public relations over human rights protections: Instead of joining the Fair Food Program and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy’s released a new supplier code of conduct this past January that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement.
- Wendy’s is profiting from farmworker poverty: Wendy’s stands alone as the last of the five major US fast food corporations to refuse to join the FFP: McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Subway, and Burger King are all part of the Program. By refusing to participate, Wendy’s is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide a market for less reputable growers.
Please join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers by boycotting Wendy’s.