WeWork Goes Vegetarian, Banning Meat From Its Offices

WeWork, the company owned by Shabbat-keeping billionaire Adam Neumann, is going vegetarian in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. WeWork is a company selling access to shared workspaces, that has been honored as a traditional workspace disruptor, that is now effectively banning meat at all company-wide events, refusing to reimburse employees for lunches that include meat and saving 445.1 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2023, 16.6 billion gallons of water, and 15,507,103 animals.

Those disappointed with the new policy are invited to take up with WeWork’s policy team.

Is Neumann another Jew with an eye for social justice? (And not to be a cynic, but isn’t it possible WeWork is banning meat because paying for employee’s lunch salads is now cheaper?) The $20 billion start-up is set to impose on a new diet on everyone who works within it. Is this yet another corporation using its platform to save the environment, or a neo-liberalist business plan let loose on society?

Shira Feder is a writer. She’s at feder@forward.com

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