A Conversation with Liliana Esposito, Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer at Wendy's

Sustainability SmartPod

May 9 2023 • 50 mins

In the quickservice restaurant industry, Wendy's is known as the 'Queen of QSR.' But as Wendy's continues to serve up tasty burgers and yummy Frostys, the company is also working to be the Queen of ESG. Guiding the company's efforts on that front is Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer Liliana Esposito. Esposito joins the show (21:41) to outline the details of 'Good Done Right' - which is the name Wendy's has given to its ESG strategy. Esposito also offers insights from Wendy's 2022 Corporate Responsibility Report, shares her experience establishing the company's Science-Based Target goals and details numerous other sustainability efforts Wendy's has embraced.

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Highlights from Liliana Esposito

The origins of 'Good Done Right' - (22:10)
Highlights from 2022 Corporate Responsibility report - (23:20)
Responsible food sourcing - (27:47)
Sustainability as a factor in food safety - (29:10)
How sustainability shapes menu innovation - (30:44)
Responsible packaging - (31:52)
Science-Based Targets - (34:55)
Wendy's environmental footprint - (38:43)
New 'Global Next Gen' restaurant design - (40:12)
Partnering with Duke Energy Florida on community solar power - (42:09)
Tying executive compensation to ESG performance - (43:22)
Liliana's bold predictions - (47:27)

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