Some 8,000 WeWork employees from around the world descend on a bucolic pasture in England next week for the company’s seventh annual summer camp.
Beyond the corporate teambuilding, WeWork hopes the event provides a model of sustainability that other companies, as well as the entrepreneurs and businesses who use its coworking spaces in 20 countries, will follow.
The idea is to get everyone working together to address environmental issues, Lindsay Baker, WeWork’s global head of sustainability, told CNNMoney.
Hundreds of companies are working toward carbon neutrality, for example, and striving to conserve water and energy on their campuses, said Tensie Whelan, director of the Center for Sustainable Business at the New York University Stern School of Business.
WeWork’s corporate do-goodism continues at next week’s camp, where plastic straws and bottled water are prohibited, plates and flatware are biodegradable, and the goal is to recycle, reuse, or donate as much as possible.
Despite the buzz the meat ban generated, WeWork’s commitment to the environment and sustainability goes beyond dictating what employees can’t eat on its dime, Baker said.
Related: Why adults are heading off to summer campUnder Baker’s leadership, the company is working with the nonprofit Carbon Fund to minimize its carbon footprint.
WeWork plans to invest in the Envira Amazonia Project the Brazilian state of Acre to offset the impact of flying everyone to summer camp and mitigate other corporate travel.
Andrew J. Hoffman, professor of sustainable enterprise at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, said flying and eating meat are two of the biggest contributors to a person’s carbon footprint.
But he believes carbon offsetting should be a lower priority for companies than banning meat or plastic, which have a far greater impact.
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