WeWork removes meat products from catering & expenses claims

Signal of change / WeWork removes meat products from catering & expenses claims

By Samuel Smith / 20 Jul 2018

WeWork, the real estate company that rents out and manages office space, has announced it will no longer hold any staff events that include meat and that staff will no longer be able to expense any meals that include poultry, pork or red meat.

The company, which has 175,000 members working across 64 cities, cited environmental concerns as the reason behind the move. It has estimated that the new policy could avoid 445.1m pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals by 2023.

So what?

By citing the environmental impact of meat, is this a sign that social norms are changing so that meat consumption is becoming less socially acceptable? Is this a sign that businesses are creating new consumption patterns? Are plant based diets becoming the new norm?

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/wework-meat-events-expense-ban

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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