Hold the Beef: WeWork Announces New No-Meat Policy
WeWork, a $20 billion office rental company based in New York, announced last week that it will stop serving meat at events and food kiosks at all of its 400 locations. In a statement, the company also said it would no longer reimburse any of its 6,000 employees for meals containing meat. The changes were made as a commitment to environmental sustainability, company officials said.
Habitat loss to industrialized animal agriculture is the number one cause of mass extinction, and WeWork is an early adopter in the business world to respond to the negative impacts of meat consumption.
"... Avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact ..."
According to Business Insider, WeWork co-founder and Chief Culture Officer Miguel McKelvey wrote in a company-wide email that WeWork is working to reduce its carbon footprint. He added the new no-meat policy will also save 16.6 billion gallons of water, reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions by 445.1 million pounds and save the lives of 15,507,103 animals by 2023.
Businesses like WeWork have the ability to influence massive change through their internal policies, and set an example for other executives around the world to take action on climate by eating plant-based foods.
“If the world’s cattle formed a nation, it would be the 3rd largest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the U.S.”
— World Resources Institute
One Meal a Day sends kudos to WeWork for being a leader in healing our planet — starting with helping reduce the meat consumed by its employees and its more-than 200,000 global members. Meaningful change takes time, but collective action has power, even if it’s by eating plant-based foods One Meal a Day.
You can make a difference, too. Eating more plants is a win-win-win for the environment, our health and animals.