Wendy’s Animal Welfare Auditing Program

Wendy's Audit History

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In the mid-1990s, Wendy’s began routinely auditing supplier animal handling practices. As part of this effort, we hired outside experts to review supplier performance and recommend improvements.

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In 1998, we strengthened our existing program by adopting the comprehensive American Meat Institute animal welfare guidelines for beef and pork. These guidelines were developed by Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, a noted expert in the field of animal behavior, who is a consultant to Wendy’s.

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In 2001, Wendy’s established an Animal Welfare Council?to regularly review and strengthen the Company’s animal welfare standards. This council consists of senior and mid-level executives representing key areas of our business. The Council has recently been updated to bring more outside experts to the table to sit alongside Wendy’s leadership. This group reviews Wendy’s corporate policies and the performance of our suppliers to achieve full compliance with our stringent standards. Learn more about the Council, here.

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View the Wendy's Animal Welfare History by clicking here.?

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About the Auditing Program

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  • Since 2001, Wendy’s has been using an objective auditing program to monitor, verify and evaluate proper animal handling among our U.S. and Canadian suppliers. This effort is based on extensive research conducted by experts in animal behavior science.
  • Suppliers are audited at least twice annually. One audit is conducted by Wendy’s experts and the other by trained third-party auditors. Any supplier that does not achieve an excellent score is audited at least three times each year to enforce our requirements.
  • Audits are both announced and unannounced. Wendy’s protocol requires trained, experienced personnel to audit all approved suppliers for proper, safe and humane handling of all animals.
  • These inspections and assessments include a review of housing, transportation, holding facilities and humane processing procedures. All auditors must meet the certification requirements of the Professional Animal Auditing Certification Organization (PAACO).
  • Every single step of the process is evaluated to ensure the animals are handled and harvested with care.
  • More than 1,400 audits have been conducted since 2001. Check out our auditing scorecard by clicking?here.
  • The results of these audits are evaluated with our expert animal welfare advisors, who have extensive experience in humane animal care and handling practices.
  • Companies that fail to meet our strict guidelines are terminated as approved suppliers of Wendy’s.

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Program Highlights

The Animal Welfare Program sets Wendy’s apart as an industry leader. Highlights of Wendy’s supplier requirements in this comprehensive program are available here. ?

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Learn More on The Square Deal Blog!

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"So, what’s humane when it comes to Animal Welfare? It’s a question that spurred us to begin auditing our suppliers for their animal welfare practices nearly 20 years ago."? Since we focus on it a lot, we decided to write a blog about our program.? You can read it by clicking here.