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WeWork has banned meat from its offices

Employees eating out on work trips won't be able to expense meat meals, either

WeWork, an office space membership company that's taken the sector by storm, has banned meat from its menus.

What it means: WeWork brings politics into their business quite a bit. They employed 1,500 refugee workers a few months ago, and provided free office space for veterans with start-up ideas.

But this move is different. As of last Friday, none of WeWork's events or office kiosks will serve meat, and none of their employees will be able to claim back meals containing it.

Reducing meat intake is the single easiest way to lower your carbon footprint, as confirmed by Science journal in a recent report. Based on a five year projection of employee and member growth, the company says this'll save 15,507,103 animals and 16.6 million gallons of water.

It throws up a bunch of questions. WeWork's power as a food supplier, and its financial power over employees, gives them the ability to make changes on a scale that has a significant environmental impact – you know, that whole idea of helping save the planet from environmental destruction and leaving it in a passable state for future generations.

But it's also tying up work with political views, creating a situation where someone who's just there to do their job now has to adhere to a viewpoint they might not agree with so as to be part of that workplace.

(As a side note: they've not actually banned fish, eggs, or dairy, all of which have a huge environmental impact too – perhaps because they didn't want even more backlash to the whole idea, but it's worth flagging anyway).

Read the full story: Bloomberg

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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