Boycott Wendy’s

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For over three years, farm workers and consumers have been demanding that Wendy’s join its major competitors – Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Subway and Burger King – in participating in the Fair Food Program. Yet, Wendy’s has instead consciously and shamefully opted to profit from farm worker poverty and abuse, continuing to cling to the low-bar standards of the past when presented with an acclaimed and proven alternative.

Rather than participate in what was called the “best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, Wendy’s ran from responsibility and abandoned the Florida tomato industry altogether.

In response to increasing pressure from consumers to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s released a new code of conduct for its suppliers, a perfect example of the failed, widely-discredited approach to corporate social responsibility that is completely void of effective enforcement mechanisms to protect farm workers’ human rights.

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  • DHFabian

    What if a boycott resulted in layoffs/job losses? Also, I think we should avoid the issue of human rights altogether until Americans figure out what human rights are, and who is deserving of human rights protections. All we currently have as a standard is the UN’s UDHR, and Americans reject this. (The UDHR lists basic food and shelter as fundamental human rights, even for the jobless poor.) It’s a difficult issue, but is one that people really must discuss.

  • rogerthatokay

    “I think we should avoid the issue of human rights altogether until Americans figure out what human rights are…”?

    Well, the U. N. places the U. S. pretty high in their HDI Index:

    “The United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries…” Wikipedia

    HDI 2015

    Rank/trend/correlation with 2014 rank/change

    1 Norway 0.944 Increase 0.002

    2 Australia 0.935 Increase 0.002

    3 Switzerland 0.930 Increase 0.002

    4 Denmark 0.923 Steady

    5 Netherlands 0.922 Increase 0.002

    6 Germany 0.916 Increase 0.001

    6 Ireland 0.916 Increase 0.004

    8 United States 0.915 Increase 0.002

    9 Canada 0.913 Increase 0.001

    9 New Zealand 0.913 Increase 0.002

    11 Singapore 0.912 Increase 0.003

    12 Hong Kong 0.910 Increase 0.002

    13 Liechtenstein 0.908 Increase 0.001

    14 Sweden 0.907 Increase 0.002

    Notice where Sweden, the socialist’s paradigm of “goodness,” ranks?

    And you all time favorite, Cuba, ranks #68.

    Feeling ignorant? Stupid?

    Good.

    You are.