WeWork goes meat-free in hope for "better world"
What's going on here?
Global office-sharing company WeWork has announced it will no longer be hosting events which include meat, nor will staff be allowed to expense meals with meat on the bill.
Co-founder Miguel McKelvey, who released the news, was clear that environmental reasons, rather than animal rights, were behind the company’s decision and that they hoped to “leave a better world for future generations”.
What does this mean?
Say goodbye to your friday steak lunch on the company if you work for these guys.
This is a rare change from usual office sustainability initiatives such as banning single-use cups from the water cooler and adding a recycling bin next to the copier. WeWork have gone the whole hog, so to speak, and swerved nudges in a bid to become a “meat-free company”.
However if you still like your diet meaty, don’t panic - the policy will only affect its own employees, not members of the office group. So if your company is based in a WeWork premises, your team can still serve meat if it foots the bill.
WeWork co-founder and Chief Culture Officer Miguel McKelvey
Why should we care?
As McKelvey says “new research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.” The company also estimates that the policy will save 202m kg of CO2 emissions and over 15m animals by 2023.
Progressive policies are likely to be popular with millennials, around 70% of whom are already aiming to reduce their meat consumption. Other environmental policies could be around the corner as this generation seek to reduce their impact on the earth and drive companies to have a social and environmental conscience.
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