The Square Deal

The Square Deal

Ever wonder why a Wendy’s® hamburger is square? Our founder Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio with a simple idea. Great food, served hot and fresh, by nice people. And the square thing? That came from his childhood role model, Grandma Minnie, who told him to Never Cut Corners. Dave didn’t have the easiest childhood. He was adopted as a baby and then his adoptive mother died when he was very young. His father remarried three times and often struggled to find a job so the family moved around frequently. Dave found solace and community in restaurants – he recalled being eight years old when he first dreamed of starting a restaurant where “everyone would love my food.” Today, we remain committed to his ideals like Quality is our Recipe® (and we still don’t cut corners), and Do the Right Thing. With his childhood as our example, our signature cause is foster care adoption and finding homes for the hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting in foster care to find their forever families. Interested in hearing more? We’ll use this space to give you The Square Deal™ – our views on food, quality, culture, children’s issues and doing our best to make Dave proud.

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What’s Humane When it Comes to Animal Welfare?
Once again, welcome back! Or if you’re here for the first time, we’re glad you’ve joined us. Be sure to check out our first two blogs if you want to catch up. Today, I want to cover some ground as it relates to our views on animal welfare and the humane treatment of the animals we rely on to provide our food. So what’s “humane” when it comes to these animals? It’s a question that...
Mar 30, 2016 9:55 AM ET
Why We Support Foster Care Adoption
When we introduced this blog last week, I touched on Dave Thomas’ upbringing.  While it was far from privileged, Dave persevered to become one of the most successful American businessmen and philanthropists of all time.  And it was because of personal challenges he faced during his early years that he developed a lifelong empathy for children who lived without the loving support of a family...
Mar 28, 2016 8:50 AM ET
Welcome to The Square Deal
Welcome to the inaugural post of Wendy’s® The Square Deal™.  Why launch a blog? Well, quite simply, we want to start a conversation from the point of view of those of us tasked to lead our organization and live out the values that Wendy’s was built upon. We aim to create a forum to tell Wendy’s story and highlight the beliefs that guide our business and our decisions every day. You’ll often...
Mar 23, 2016 2:40 PM ET