by Entrepreneur Middle East Staff
Here’s to a company that is walking the talk. In a bid to do their part for the environment, WeWork, a US-based real estate and co-working startup valued at approximately US$20 billion, announced that it will no longer have any company events that include meat, and employees will not be able to expense meat (Reuters).
In an internal policy sent to staff, WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey commented how the decision was based on the company’s aim to reduce its environmental impact: “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.” Though the new policy removes red meat, poultry and other meats from company menu and expenses policy, the company is not prohibiting WeWork staff or members from bringing meat-based products to the workplace.
It’s a small step, but an assertive one to reducing the company’s environmental impact. In addition, the company, along with sf.citi is also hosting an affiliate event of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit called The Future of Food: Tech’s Menu for Sustainability, which will bring “bring together leaders from the private and public sector to discuss how tech can be a leader in building a more sustainable future through food innovation.” Speakers include HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, founder of KBW Investments, Josh Tetrick, CEO of JUST, and more.