Even in the face of growing worker-led movements calling for justice, corporations like Wendy’s increasingly deny their responsibility to human rights in their supply chains — or, more often than not, promote a conscious image while rejecting the key to any realization of dignity and respect in the workplace: the workers’ voice.
The CIW’s Fair Food Program has achieved unparalleled and far-reaching transformation in the agricultural industry, ensuring human rights protections and improved pay for tens of thousands of farmworkers, because the Program itself is designed by workers to defend and protect their own rights. Contrary to corporate social responsibility programs, designed only to bolster and defend corporate PR, the Fair Food Program has the essential elements of worker participation, robust enforcement mechanisms and market consequences for failure to comply.
Farmworkers know that nothing less than their own model of Worker-driven Social Responsibility will ensure justice, which is why they are rejecting Wendy’s newly-released supplier Code of Conduct. Wendy’s flimsy code states that it “expects” suppliers to comply with the code, but does not strictly “require” anything. The code has no worker participation in its design or implementation and has no meaningful enforcement mechanisms. Contrasting Wendy’s dismissal of farmworkers’ vision for justice in the fields, this March 2-12, the CIW will embark on the Workers’ Voice Tour — sending a clear message that farmworkers, students and young people, together, will not allow Wendy’s to continue doing business while rejecting workers’ voices.
Join us for the Workers’ Voice Tour this spring, and head over to the CIW’s website for the side-by-side face-off of Wendy’s empty Code of Conduct versus the CIW's proven Fair Food Program. You can already guess which one wins the battle for farmworker justice!