9/13/2018News

WeWork Commits to Being Carbon Neutral by 2023

by Miguel McKelvey

Together with our global community, WeWork is redefining the way we work, live, and learn. We believe that each one of us can make an impact on the world -- and together we can be a powerful force for positive change.

Today we are joining global leaders in business, government and nonprofits at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California, to affirm our commitment to sustainability and the future of our planet. As globally conscious citizens, we believe that WeWork has a responsibility and an opportunity to be a forum for new ideas and a platform for action.

Our approach to sustainability examines our impact on cities, communities, and our members through three key pillars: energy, materials, and health. We are just getting started and have made the following initial commitments:

Become fully carbon neutral by 2023. WeWork is committed to being fully carbon neutral across our global operations no later than 2023. We believe in sustainable energy and as a global company with locations in more than 23 countries, we have an opportunity to explore new resources in places that will create the most impact. We have also become members of RE100 along with other industry leaders that have promised to do their part.

Remove major single-use plastics from our buildings by the end of 2018. WeWork is phasing out our use of disposable plastics in our daily operations by the end of this year. That includes cups, straws, utensils and more.

Meat-free commitment. In July 2018, WeWork announced a commitment to be a meat-free organization, and we no longer serve meat at events or pay for meat in meals sponsored by the company.

At WeWork, we believe culture is an output of action and intent. Whether through our commitment to being a meat-free organization, phasing out our use of disposable plastics and leather furniture, or pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2023, being responsible global citizens is a critical pillar of our culture as a company and a community. As we continue to grow, we are building upon the power of our global community -- employees, members, partners -- to have the greatest possible impact.

This work requires all of us. Since WeWork was founded we’ve seen important grassroots efforts from local teams all around the world -- and each one of our employees continues to have a vital role in our commitment to sustainability. Together with our first head of sustainability, Lindsay Baker, we are incorporating sustainability into all facets of our business.

Whether it’s being open to new ideas, changing daily habits, reimagining how we build buildings, or changing the way we do business, everyone has an opportunity to take action.