NEW YORK – WeWork Cos., a provider of shared workspaces and other services, will no longer pay for any red meat, poultry or pork at WeWork events and won’t allow employees to expense meals including meat, according to a Bloomberg report.

In an internal memo to the company’s 6,000 global staff, company co-founder Miguel McKelvey said, “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.”

McKelvey added that the meat-free policy also would affect the company’s self-serve food and drink kiosk system called “Honesty Market.”

The policy is part of the company’s internal initiatives aimed at reducing food waste and use of plastics.

Founded in 2010 by McKelvey and Adam Neumann, New York-based WeWork provides work spaces for startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers. The company also provides shared living spaces under its WeLive venture. The company currently is valued at $20 billion.