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Vegetarian eating policy assists property company's sustainability aims

18 February 2020

Property developer Igloo Regeneration has agreed a vegetarian eating policy with its staff, with the intention of reducing its environmental impact.

Staff claiming food expenses will not be reimbursed if they choose to eat meat, said the BBC News report.

The company said that it gained agreement from the majority of its staff before implementing the policy and accepts that there will need to be exceptions made in some instances.

Staff members with gluten-free requirements may not be able to find a suitable vegetarian option, for example, or they may find themselves with no alternative to meat.

Igloo Regeneration development surveyor Kate Marfleet told the BBC that staff should not go without food and still had the right to choose what to eat.

"Even if you decided you really wanted a bacon sandwich, then that's fine, but the company won't pay for it," she said.

According to the BBC, shared office space provider WeWork announced in 2018 it would no longer reimburse staff paying for meals containing poultry, pork and red meat, providing a precedent in the real estate sector.

Igloo Regeneration director John Long said the company wants to "treat everyone as a grown up" and says he believes that the company's internal policies should reflect its corporate responsibilities.

"We invest a lot of time thinking about sustainability and we've been thinking about carbon for 20 years," he continued.

"About six months ago, we thought we ought to look at ourselves rather than just our projects," said Mr Long.

The company also encourages employees to use public transport and does not provide company cars.

More companies are expected to introduce internal policies to reflect their sustainable aims and this is also expected to be another emerging development within the FM sector in future.

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