Office provider WeWork have announced that they will no longer serve meal with meat in at staff events, or expense meals including poultry, pork or red meat. The news was shared in an email by WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey ahead of their WeWork Summer Camp event, a festival for WeWork members.
McKelvey said that the company is eliminating meat for environmental reasons. “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things and individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car,” McKelvey said.
The company has estimated that their new policy will save 445.1 million lbs of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals by 2023. The news was shared by the Guardian, whose US offices are based at a WeWork space in New York City.
The Guardian spoke to WeWork about the new policy, a spokesperson said: “This policy only applies to events paid for by WeWork. Members and employees are welcome to bring in meat for meals, and members are welcome to serve meat at events they host … we are working with vendors to align our commitment for previously scheduled events, and meat will not be served at events hosted by WeWork moving forward.”
Different sectors are working to reduce their environmental impact, whether it be removing single-use plastics in the food sector, or companies taking a more ethical stance, such as this move by WeWork.
The environmental impact of meat and animal products is undoubtedly at the forefront of people’s minds, with this being one of the main reasons for consumers switching to veganism. Animal agriculture uses 26 per cent of the planet’s ice-free land for livestock grazing, and animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s transport systems.