We live in a world where business owners can make political/moral/society statements and force those world views on their employees - especially if their companies are privately held. On the conservative side of the aisle, we've seen businesses stand up for their right to not offer birth control as part of their health plan, and we've seen owners on both the conservative and liberal sides of the spectrum put pressure on employees to vote in elections according to the owner's views.
More from USA Today:
If WeWork employees want a burger while on business, the money is coming out of their own pockets. The global workplace startup told employees this week that the company will ban employees from expensing meals that contain red meat, pork or poultry, Bloomberg reported.
The company won't provide meat for events at its 400 locations, either — part of an effort to reduce its environmental footprint.
"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," WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey said in an email to staffers.
The no-meat policy will also affect self-serve food kiosks at many of WeWork's 400 locations worldwide, according to Bloomberg. Employees wanting "medical or religious" exceptions can hash those out with a company policy team.
WeWork boasts 6,000 employees worldwide, according to Bloomberg. The company estimates its no-meat policy will save 15,507,103 animals by 2023, according to Business Insider, along with 16.6 billion gallons of water and 445.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas that alters Earth's climate.
WeWork confirmed the policy change to both news outlets. WeWork is perhaps the most well-known company to emerge offering co-working spaces to freelancers, small businesses and even employees of large companies such as Microsoft. The Motley Fool named it one of the top five most valuable startups in America.
It would be easy to blast this policy, but I'm actually OK with companies making these kind of stands - both on the liberal and conservative side of the fence.
So WeWork won't allow employees to expense a meal involving meat and it won't serve meat at WeWork facilities as part of it's events business.
Ok! You know who decides whether WeWork is wrong? Not you and me. No, the people who decide whether WeWork has lost its mind are what I'll call "the aggregate." It all comes down to whether this policy hurts WeWork as two groups consider it for business purposes:
1--Candidates and employees. I can't expense a chicken taco. Does that make me want to avoid you as an employer? Does it make me want to leave you as an employee? Ask that question 20,000 times in the next year and if a significant amount of people can't accept the policy and leave or don't join the company to begin with.
2--Companies who want to host events in a WeWork facility. Same question. Love your space, going to host my get together at WFW (we <expletive>work). Wait, what? I can't cater the brisket through you? No? I cam't have someone else cater that in? Hmm. Where do I go that can provide that? Is their space just as good?
At the end of the day, WeWork is standing up for something the founders believe in. The market will decide. If I was selling against them, I'd use it to negatively sell every chance I got.
By the way, there is a loophole in the policy - fish is still allowed. Because you know, not all animals have the same set of rights.
Sorry, couldn't resist.