The Wendy's Company

The Wendy's Company

The Wendy's Company is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit

“Quality is our Recipe.”  It’s been the foundation of everything Wendy’s does since we opened our first restaurant in 1969. This belief extends far beyond the food we serve in our restaurants. It’s a philosophy we all live by.

Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, would often say, “I don’t want to be the biggest, but I always want to be the best.” He grounded this ambition in his belief of always doing the right thing for the customer, employees and the local community. It’s a promise to be mindful of the world around us and always strive to be a good steward of the environment. This same ambition and fundamental belief continues to guide our restaurant development efforts and fuels our commitment to being a good steward of our environment, today.

Wendy’s is a strong advocate of saving energy and incorporating energy upgrades into every restaurant we remodel. As it relates to our company-owned restaurants, Wendy’s and our franchisees are focused  on energy projects completing more than 1,100 individual energy upgrade projects at more than 550 restaurants in 2015 alone, saving more than 13 million kWh. That is enough electricity to power nearly 1,200 average U.S. homes for a year.  We invite you to learn more about our overall energy management philosophy on our blog:

Participation in The Better Buildings Challenge demonstrates our collective commitment to reduce energy use in our restaurants as well as to share best practices, inform, educate and encourage our customers and crew members to make similar commitments and take active steps to save energy. To that end, we are proud to share that many of our franchise partners believe in the commitments posed by the Challenge. Wendy’s is proud to be the first company to have franchisees officially join the Challenge. To date, 18 franchisees have joined, adding an additional 3.65 million square feet to our collective Wendy’s footprint. 


  • AKSAN United Fortune, Inc.
  • Briad Wenco
  • Calhoun Management
  • Carlisle Corp.
  • Delight Restaurant Group
  • Hamra Enterprises
  • HAZA Foods
  • Hoover Foods
  • JAE Restaurant Group
  • Mountain West Wendy's
  • Primary Aim, LLC
  • Promar Corporation
  • Tar Heel Capital
  • Wendco Group
  • Wen-GAP, LLC
  • Wend-Rockies Inc.
  • Wendium of Florida
  • WenMarr Management Company, LLC.
Challenge Commitment
4.9Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Use per Transaction
12%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)