As we throw ourselves headfirst into more sustainable ways of life, we must make sure to bring others with us…and remember that it’s not just a question of the ENVIRONMENTAL impact our choices make, but the SOCIAL and ECONOMIC impacts matter equally. We can start by boycotting fast food corporations that continue the use of old-fashioned exploitation and impede our transition towards a more sustainable, just world. (Of course, fast food is also terrible for our own health, animals, and the planet, but that’s a story for another day.)
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. By refusing to do the right thing and join the Program, Wendy’s is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers and taking agricultural opportunities away from Florida tomato farmers.
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 to refuse to join the FFP: McDonald’s, Burger King, Yum!Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing by refusing to join.
We want to live in a world where food comes locally and social responsibility is at its height. Boycotting Wendy’s can help remind the corporation of the incredible need to sign the FFP and move forward with more sustainable ways of life.
Come out tonight to learn more:
Why Fair Food? A Teach-In on the CIW’s Continuing Fight For Justice in the Fields
Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 5:30pm, SAC W310B
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is back in town! Join the Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance as we host several CIW folks for a teach-in about the history and importance of the fair food movement and where we are now. This is your chance to learn about movement building from the ground up from a coalition recognized by the White House for their successful campaign work. Anyone interested in getting more involved with Cardinal SFA can stay for a short interest meeting at the end of the event. #FairFoodNation Details available on OrgSync