Ethics Dunce: WeWork

I wonder: how many of the sensitive progressives doubtlessly applauding the fear-monger about President Trump being an “authoritarian” see the obvious hypocrisy on working for a comany like the shared workspace company WeWork, that uses its power of its employees to force them to accept the company’s social values in their personal choices?

On July 13,  WeWork announced that it is banning red meat, pork, or poultry at company events like its “Summer Camp” retreat and internal kiosks, called “Honesty Markets.” (Yecchh. Do you dislike this preening company already like I do?) It also announced that WeWork’s 6,000 global employees won’t be reimbursed if they eat meat at their business meals, except for fish. Eating fish is OK, because…well, just because. The owners didn’t like “Finding Nemo,” or something. You know, fish have mothers too.

The company boasts that these policies  will save 445 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, more than 16 billion gallons of water, and the lives of 15,507,103 animals by 2023. 15,507,103. Wow—those are some precise statistics. Of course, the policy makes no sense. Why are eggs acceptable to WeWork, when egg-raising causes as much theoretical environmental damage as raising chickens to eat? Oddly, WeWork doesn’t impose strict environmental controls on the buildings it uses for offices and work space.

Could it be that this is just blatant, shameless, cynical virtue-signaling? Of course it is.

Traveling on company business is stressful enough without some Pescatarian Nazi fining me if I don’t eat what he wants me to eat. What if the WeWork lackey is allergic to seafood? What if vegetables don’t agree with him? Have you ever tried to find a good meatless meal in Kansas City? Why would you? Oh, that’s right: you would be searching for a good Cobb salad because your company has decided that eating beef is evil, and you don’t want to be the one that causes 15,507,103 to be just 15,507,102.

Does WeWork really think that if I don’t order a rack of ribs at KC Masterpiece, one less steer is slaughtered?

I know their excuse: “Business meals are work-related activity, not personal.” Bull-shit. (Fish-shit?) Business meal or not, an employee is the one putting the food in his or her mouth when eating on the road, and for a company to say, “No, we will only pay if you eat what WE want to eat” is interfering with personal liberty and an abuse of power. Will they now demand that employee only listen to music played by environmentally conscious musicians? Will WeWork mandate what kinds of cars employees drive, or make them use bicycles?

My guess: this is a policy to announce, not to enforce….which makes it a lie.

29 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: WeWork

  1. Useless trivia here, but since the left increasingly thinks of the right as Nazis and nothing but Nazis: Even Hitler himself, who largely avoided meat, didn’t insist that everyone eating with him do the same.

  2. Think of the amount carbon emissions would be reduced if their employees weren’t allowed any food or water at all!
    The ends would justify the means.

    • No travel allowed that requires fossil fuels in transportation. They do realize that our fisheries stocks are depleting, don’t they?

      Ms Jeong, this is real oppression.

      • Don’t forget the fuel used to transport it around the world. More and more expensive if fresh shipped and cooled. If frozen, don’t forget to factor in refrigeration and hazardous materials used in freezers. Locally farmed chickens would have a smaller footprint. The environmental costs of food are very complex, even foreign sourced healthy grain costs are disproportionate to common grains down the road… Virtue signaling in food makes me sick. I’d like to see them spring for these healthy, expensive organic foods that take high losses from rusts or insects for a lower-class neighborhood and learn some practicality.

  3. Do these fools actually think that by not eating beef they save cow’s lives? If it were not for people eating them, cattle might not exist at all, and a drop in demand for the meat does not mean that the ranchers will just keep feeding them as if they were pets. Think of the landfill….

    And, what is a WeWorks anyway??

      • OB
        Cow flatulence causing greenhouse gas is more urban myth than science. Bovines have a two chambered stomach which results in plant matter being broken down differently in the stomachs prior to absorption through the intestines.
        Interestingly, most of the methane produced by cattle is created through belching and not farting.

        • Technical correction Ruminants have 4 chambers in total. Plant matter ferments in the stomach leading to build up of gas prior to the plant matter passing into the intestines.

  4. This is the highest and most offensive form of virtue signalling, the very pinnacle of Leftist idiocy.

    I fervently hope it leads to the collapse of their business. Their employees would be better served working elsewhere. And, the’re in luck – there are jobs aplenty right now.

  5. My guess is this policy starts being ignored about 2.5 seconds after some key client or potential client is lost because the salesman wooing him isn’t willing to take him out to a business dinner at a steakhouse and get stuck with a non-reimbursable bill.

  6. Just a thought here. WeWorks has 6000 total employees and they’re going to eat 15 million animals over the next 5 years — at business functions or travel?

    Let’s see, let me grab an envelope here and do some scribbling on the back. That’s 2500 animals per employee or 500 per employee per year or about 1 1/2 animals per employee per day. Just at business functions.

    Perhaps WeWorks should be a little more concerned about their employees health issues due to overeating. I mean even a little chicken is probably 2 or 3 pounds. And do these employees eat nothing at home? They must all weigh 400 pounds!

    I think WeWorks is going to have more serious problems as a company than saving the environment. Their health insurance premiums are fixing to be massive……

  7. WeWork happens to have a workplace across the street from my temporary residence. I had been meaning to look it up; sad, and not just a bit anxious after doing so. There’s too much to go into in the Wikipedia article (I am trying to curb that tendency to go off on tangents) but they are basically a service business selling communal work space. Great. Individuals and small groups or start-ups need affordable places to grow before they can lease or buy their own real estate and, well, if it doesn’t intrude on getting the work done, being able to be part of a shared workspace community can generate a lot of positive energy around the water cooler, microwave, 3D printer, what-have-you.

    I may be (literally) paranoid here — I saw a co-worker and a student of mine both swallowed whole by Scientology, never to be directly heard from again by friends or family — and the social/community concepts WeWork is growing seem to me to smack of the same cult formation. It is certainly aiming to be more than a business; it appears to want to take over a lot of its customers’ lives. .Under its Ventures section are We Live, the living units for its employees (again with the shared facilities such as “toilets and security,” cleaning services and communal cooking facilities. Anyone have a cooking disaster story here?) which include “group activities and events” which become socially mandatory once you are a member of the hive. And this: “If you require a medical or religious accommodation, please contact our Global Policy Team”: what would be a policy concerning a religious accommodation? Will they have a Kosher Korner in the Kitchen? Again, looking on the surface, subsidized 15-20% rent discounts look good, so does Rise by We, {that name alone is scary) the luxury gyms – including free yoga classes, “a boot camp space” and spa. But it is a trap. Anyone who has seen (never mind lived in) a company town can testify to that. “Regular networking events” are part of the working days, tenant meeting are part of the evening, summer camp supercedes individual vacation plans. Next, coming this fall to New York — and to a neighborhood perhaps eventually near you — comes We Grow “a private school for kids aged 3 through students in grade 4.”

    These facilities and the communal structures that are an integral part of the company’s plan include its customers, tenants and their families, not just those of the 6,000 employees in the 21 countries they live and work in. It’s not just the meat

    Fortunately, even the Wiki article has to note at least one of the downsides, and that is the subject at hand. WeWork has definitely not understood the meat of the problem: all the beefs that have come up in this blog, and more. It is unlikely that those who proposed the ban will back down – the pressure from progressives and the smirks of the media would be too great. But finally, as another article pointed out, quoting WeWork spokespersons, , “many” employees asking about meat at summer camp means more than one or two. Perhaps they will also begin to question their gilded cage,– how uncomfortable , how undesirable, how very wrong it is to have your employer be your landlord, your recreation director, and your childrens’ school principal.

    okay, I’m calm now – think I’ll wander over to Burger King.

    [A bad pun is the sign of a healthy independent mind,]

  8. FRANKLY, THE WHOLE PETA-driven concept of vegetarianism is pretty ridiculous anyway. And, if being vegan is so healthy, how come they have to take diet supplements, hmmm? Huh…I’ve always wondered…vegan…that mean you’re a vegetarian or an alien, from the star system Vega?

    • You pick your…um…poison, am I right?

      No one’s concerned about the feelings of plants? They’re far more sophisticated than they appear, as anyone that captivated by the eye-opener The Secret Life Of Plants will attest.

      So unless you’re only accessing grounders, (fruits/vegetables/nuts, et al, that have fallen away from the Mother Ship on their own), picking that heirloom tomato is tantamount to murder.

      Or you could go the Jainism route.

      “All life is sacred and everything has a right to live fearlessly to its maximum potential. (including, one may assume, that triple-washed $38.99/lb Trader Joe’s arugula)

      “Living beings need not fear those who have taken the vow of ahinsa. According to Jainism, protection of life, also known as abhayadānam, is the supreme charity that a person can make.”

  9. This is rather disappointing. I attended a training session at a WeWork in Manhattan, and was mildly impressed. They have lounge/kitchenette serving coffee and beer on tap 24 hours a day. They have conference rooms and “phone booths” available for for private business calls for those without a dedicated office, as well as a fully stocked copy room. The bathrooms even have showers and basic toiletries for those working late.

    It is a rather neat concept, and it is a shame they have fallen off (on to?) the progressive groupthink bandwagon).

  10. Progressives must control everything. Otherwise the failure will be the fault of the controlled.*

    *failure is never the fault of the controllers. 50 years of liberal/progressive program failure bears this out.

  11. I think you-all are missing the main issue. It is not about the actual published company policy (if it’s not published, that’s a whole different issue). The ethics issue I see from draconian rules like this is to force the employees who will not or can not follow the policy to either quit or else engage a variety of unethical subterfuges to have meat on the premises. People will be smuggling meat, having restaurants provide fake receipts, and any other meat-acquiring ruse anyone can think of. Just like alcohol during the Prohibition era. To me, it is unethical to put their employees in this situation.

  12. Um, a Cobb salad has meat. The WORST kind- bacon. MMMM, my favorite: The Cobb salad is a main-dish American garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce, watercress, endives and romaine lettuce), tomato, crisp bacon, boiled, grilled or roasted (but not fried) chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese, and red-wine vinaigrette

    • Oh, oh, you triggered the UM PROTOCOL!!!!! Sorry.

      I wrote: “Have you ever tried to find a good meatless meal in Kansas City? Why would you? Oh, that’s right: you would be searching for a good Cobb salad because your company has decided that eating beef is evil, and you don’t want to be the one that causes 15,507,103 to be just 15,507,102.”

      Note that I didn’t say Cobb salad, but GOOD Cobb salad A Cobb salad with meat is BAD. A GOOG Cobb Salad is s VEGETARIAN Cobb salad, which many, many restaurants offer, many cookbooks include, and of which the web is filled to the brim.

      Like here…

      “Um” me, will you?

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