WeWork, the company that offers shared workspaces, announced to its staff that it will no longer expense meals containing meat.
Specifically, red meat, poultry, or pork is no longer allowed to be expensed by the company's 6,000 employees, according to a memo from the co-founder Miguel McKelvey.
Meat has a much bigger water footprint than grains, vegetable or beans. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, according to PETA.
With that in mind, WeWork is encouraging employees to have more of a plant-based diet.
"New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact," said McKelvey in the memo and that it has "even more than switching to a hybrid car."
WeWork is being a given a Compassionate Business Award from PETA for the new no-meat policy.
"WeWork's compassionate move to take meat off the menu is a positive first step toward saving animals' lives, protecting the environment, and creating a healthier workplace culture," said Tracy Reiman, PETA executive vice president in a press release. "PETA is encouraging everyone to work it like WeWork and go vegan."
WeWork isn't the first company to implement a policy like this either. Juicero, which is no longer in business, had a policy where the company only reimbursed vegan meals.
WeWork is just the latest company this year to enforce an environmentally friendly guideline, several, like Starbucks', have barred plastic straws.
"Just Inc., formerly known as Hampton Creek, created a vegan-friendly alternative to mayonnaise and has said it plans to have what it calls clean meat on the market by year-end. Purple Carrot, the vegan meal-kit company, recently won backing from Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc, while Wild Earth Inc., a startup based in Berkeley, California, is creating pet food with lab-created proteins," writes "Bloomberg." "American Airlines Group Inc. and Starbucks Corp. recently joined the chorus of companies pledging to phase out plastic straws and drink stirrers."
Do you think allowing employees to put only vegetarian meals on the company dime is okay? Is this going too far or is it what companies should be doing to make less of a negative economic impact?
Read more from about WeWork's recent announcement at "Bloomberg."