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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).

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Reader Comments

  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?