WeWork Says It Will No Longer Pay for Employees to Eat Meat So It Can Help Improve the Environment

A man enter the doors of the “WeWork” co-operative co-working space on March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. In a large warehouse-type office in Washington, software coders work on apps, while angel investors and mentors help budding entrepreneurs figure out strategy for their startups, in what is being dubbed Silicon Valley on the Potomac. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WeWork says it’ll no longer pick up the tab for meals that include meat.

The co-working company’s 6,000 employees can no longer expense meals that include meat, and company events will no longer offer red meat, poultry or pork, the startup announced Friday. The reason behind the decision is research that shows vegetarianism is even better for the environment than driving a hybrid car.

The meat-free move impacts WeWork’s travel and expense policy, as well as a self-serve food and drink kiosk system in use at some of 400 co-working buildings.

Based on its projected employee and member growth over the next five years, WeWork estimated the elimination of meat at company events could save 16.6 billion gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions and just over 15.5 million animals by 2023.

The startup’s summer retreat won’t have meat options for attendees, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said in an email to workers detailing the policy.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Kate Gibson