I don't know why these things need to be voted for.— Lawrence Woodman (@LorryWoodman) February 18, 2020
All those who don't want to eat meat can choose not to and those who do want to can carry on as they see fit.
This is just imposing a set of values on people and taking away their free choice.
While some Twitter users asked whether this move could be considered discriminatory, Karen Holden, Founder of A City Law firm, told HR Grapevine that, under current UK law, dietary requirements to eat meat aren't a protected characteristic. "So we couldn’t say that a policy to reimburse only vegetarian food is discriminatory. However, a recent employment tribunal case has suggested that ethical veganism should be a characteristic protected from discrimination, so it is not such an extreme idea that the way staff want to eat should be taken into account in the workplace.
"A dietary requirement is currently just that; unless for example, it is a disability. There are severe dietary allergies that could be acknowledged as disabilities, and employees would then need to be protected from discrimination on that basis," Holden added.
Other users commended the firm’s efforts to be more environmentally friendly and explained that they wanted to implement something similar at their own firm.
I'm going to do this!— Nick Court (@Scruffy_Nick) February 18, 2020
New policy @Naomi_Jade_x @Ben_PxDev
Love this! But what if you take a client out who asks for meat...?— Jess Saumarez (@JSaumarez) February 18, 2020
Igloo Regeneration isn’t the only firm to have put a stop to non-vegetarian expenditure at work in a bid to reduce its environmental impact.
In 2018, The Guardian reported on WeWork’s environmental movement which meant that meat was no longer served at work events and staff couldn’t be reimbursed for meals that included poultry, pork or red meat.
WeWork’s Co-Founder, Miguel McKelvey, said in an email to staff that the firm was abolishing meat for environmental reasons.
He explained: “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.”
And it seems that initiative's like these may be useful when attracting fresh talent to the business with almost 40% of Millennials choosing to work for an organisation based on their environmental ethics, according to research.
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