Call Wendy's CEO and urge him to join the Fair Food Program on Oct. 18!

Rather than respecting farmworker women and committing to suspend purchases from suppliers that violate farmworkers’ human rights, Wendy's has shifted their tomato purchases to Mexico, where abuse of agricultural workers is endemic and goes unchecked.  Sexual violence, in particular, is shockingly widespread — and unacceptable. To protect their brand, Wendy's promotes an illusory Supplier Code of Conduct that excludes workers' voices and lacks consequences for abuses.Wendy's urgently needs to join the Fair Food Program to do its part in building an industry in which farmworker women no longer have to surrender their dignity for the right to put food on their families’ tables.

On Oct. 18, call Wendy's headquarters ahead of a major boycott mobilization there the following week!

Here’s how to call in:

1. Call Wendy’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio at 614-764-3100, and press #3 to be connected to an operator. 

2. Ask if you can leave a message for Mr. Todd Penegor, Wendy’s CEO. If they ask why or just don’t let you, you can say you have a comment about the company’s tomato purchasing policies – you’ll probably be redirected to customer service. 

3. You'll likely be directed to his assistant, Lisa Spears. Once you get someone on the line, give your statement. Feel free to offer your own personal comments, or use the script provided.

4. Let us know how it went using the form below!


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sample Script: 

“Hi, my name is _______ and I’m calling to leave a message for Mr. Todd Penegor in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The CIW is a farmworker human rights organization that's calling on Wendy’s to end exploitation in their supply chain by joining the internationally-recognized Fair Food Program. I am currently participating in the national boycott of Wendy's because of your company's ongoing failure to join. I'm aware that farmworker women have requested to meet with Mr. Penegor to discuss the sexual violence faced by farmworkers in Mexico and Wendy's ongoing support of unchecked abuse; and that Mr. Penegor has yet to respond to them. Farmworker women will be travelling to your Dublin headquarters next Monday to personally ask Mr. Penegor and Wendy's to support their human rights, once and for all. I urge you to join the Program immediately.

Thank you for relaying this message.”

Let us know how it went!

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