WeWork Nabs PETA’s 2018 ‘Company of the Year’ Award

Coworking Leader Helps Animals and the Environment in Decision to Go Meat-Free

For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2018

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

New York – For banning meat at company events and retreats, rejecting meal imbursements for items containing it, and removing it from food-service kiosks in its more than 450 locations, WeWork has been named PETA’s 2018 Company of the Year and will receive a framed award certificate.

When WeWork announced the new policy to employees in July, it noted that the move “can save an estimated 16.7 billion gallons (63.1 billion liters) of water, 445.1 million pounds (201.9 million kg) of CO2 emissions, and over 15 million animals by 2023.”

“WeWork’s progressive, animal-friendly policy has had an impact not only on its employees but also on every person who’s heard about it,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “WeWork is PETA’s Company of the Year for sparking a global conversation about the fact that ditching meat is the best thing that everyone can do for animals and the environment.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that vegans have a smaller carbon footprint and a reduced risk of suffering from heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and strokes in comparison to meat-eaters and that they each spares nearly 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. In addition, a United Nations report concluded that a global switch to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

Past award winners include Netflix, Beyond Meat, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Bangkok, Daiya, and Emulate.

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